On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller


On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Poster

James Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Ernst Stavro Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps involving beautiful women from around the world.


6.7/10
78,782

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


30 March 2003 | qholway
Best Bond?
Yeah, I think so. Like most people who are interested in James Bond, I saw the films over and over on TV before I read any of the books. I then got round to buying Casino Royale, and being knocked out by it - this was somewhat different to Moonraker and all that Roger Moore stuff. So I read the books in their sequence, seriously the best way, and by the time OHMSS came round, I had a pretty good idea of who James Bond was. And, I'm sorry to inform all the Seanophiles, James Bond is not Connery, Moore, Dalton (though he came close, but is Welsh..)or Brosnan. Oddly enough, given the choices, he's kind of like George Lazenby.

Sure, Sean Connery was suave, sexy, and spoke rather curiously, Timothy Dalton had the serious side sorted, Brosnan is sophisticated etc, Roger Moore.. well, another time, maybe.

George Lazenby, maybe due to his lack of experience, (though why is his debut so widely mulled over in that respect.... it's not something that most actors are subjected to?) is not so at ease with his surroundings, not so cocksure that everything is going to work out fine as the others, and this is the real James Bond. The one in the books. You can almost believe in this one. And when things don't work out fine, you feel a weird familiarity with him. He's just a man, though admittedly he's disproportionately talented at a pretty impressive range of activities, from skiing to flying, swordsmanship, shooting people, jumping out of things, carnal endeavours etc.. Oh no, sorry, that's me. Well, anyway, I'm quite tired now. OHMSS is the best of the films, though From Russia With Love contains possibly the finest fight scene of all and maybe the best trio of baddies (including a slightly peripatetic Blofeld)and is Connery's best.

George Lazenby is the best Bond, because his talents - a certain naturalistic charm, physical dexterity, and a capacity for possible failure - are used brilliantly, and he is closer by far than any of the others to the book-Bond.

There you go.

Oh, and Diana Rigg is the best 'Bond girl', though that description is not very fair to her, We Have All The Time In The World is the best Bond song, and the theme tune is possibly John Barry's finest work.. let alone being the best Bond title theme.

There you go again.

Thanks for reading, and if you happen to disagree, well... you're wrong. Cheers.

Metacritic Reviews


Critic Reviews



Did You Know?

Trivia

Product placements, brand integrations, and promotional tie-ins for this movie include the Aston Martin 1969 DBS; Gucci suitcase; Hennessy Brandy; Playboy Magazine; Campari; the Ford Motor Company, particularly the 1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible; Jack Daniel's Whiskey; Schilthorn Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant; Krug Champagne; Dom Perignon Champagne, particularly a Dom Perignon '57; and Rolex Watches including the Rolex Submariner 5513 and Rolex Chronograph 6238 watches.


Quotes

Q: I've been saying for years, sir, that our special equipment is obsolete. And now, computer analysis reveals an entirely new approach: miniaturization. For instance, radioactive lint. When placed in an opponent's pockets, the anti-personnel and ...
M: ...


Goofs

Just after we see the train for the first time in the Swiss ski resort, a man with blond hair is reading the Daily Express. On the back page, the headline is 'Why Brown had to go' and above this is written 'Stock steps in at Luton'. Allan Brown was fired as manager of Luton Town FC on 17th December 1968 and Alec Stock was appointed to the position three days later. However, the three letters we see Bond photo stating in Gumbold's office in Bern are dated 12th June, 30th July and 3rd August 1969. Therefore, the newspaper being read in Switzerland may have been dated one year or more prior to the date we could suppose that we are observing the man reading it.


Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, images are shown of Bond girls and villains. (This is the first Bond movie since Goldfinger to feature previous movies' footage in its credits.) Specifics are as follows. *First Set. *Honey Ryder from Dr. No (1962), standing on the beach. *Dr. No from the same, in front of his underground aquarium. *Tatiana Romanova from From Russia with Love (1963), messing around with her hair. *Pussy Galore from Goldfinger (1964), in the barn scene. *Second Set. *The title character from Goldfinger. *Assorted Bond girls from the Goldfinger (1964) / Thunderball (1965) era. *The "Flaming Car Crash" scene from Thunderball (1965). *Third set. *Emilio Largo, the main villain from Thunderball. *Aki, Kissy Suzuki, and a swordsman from You Only Live Twice (1967). *Blofeld's volcano lair exploding from the end of the same. Note the strategic absence of Blofeld from You Only Live Twice, as Blofeld is played by a different actor in this film.


Alternate Versions

In some VHS prints, the two producer credits in the opening credits are seen reversed.


Soundtracks

James Bond Theme
Music by
Monty Norman

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Adventure | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

19 December 1969

Language

English, German, French


Country of Origin

UK

Filming Locations

Fronteira Palace, Lisbon, Portugal

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,774,493

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,787,885

Contribute to this page

"The Mandalorian" — Watch the Season 2 Trailer

Watch the official trailer for the highly anticipated second season of "The Mandalorian", coming to Disney Plus on Oct. 30.

Watch the trailer

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com