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On Her Majesty's Secret Service (12-Dec-1969)

Director: Peter Hunt

Writers: Richard Maibaum; Simon Raven

From novel: On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming

Music Composed, Conducted, and Arranged by: John Barry

Producers: Harry Saltzman; Albert R. Broccoli

Keywords: Action/Adventure, James Bond, Virus

Under cover as a heraldic researcher, James Bond infiltrates Piz Gloria, Blofeld's allergy research laboratory situated in a lair atop the Swiss Alps. There, women are kept under strict observation in a diabolical plan to disseminate a man-made virus. Faithful to Ian Fleming's novel, this is the only appearance of George Lazenby as Bond, who does an admirable job considering he had to follow in Sean Connery's footsteps.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
George Baker
Actor
1-Apr-1931 7-Oct-2011 Ruth Rendell Mysteries
George Lazenby
Actor
5-Sep-1939   On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Bernard Lee
Actor
10-Jan-1908 16-Jan-1981 James Bond's M
Desmond Llewelyn
Actor
12-Sep-1914 19-Dec-1999 "Q" in James Bond films
Joanna Lumley
Actor
1-May-1946   Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous
Lois Maxwell
Actor
14-Feb-1927 29-Sep-2007 Miss Moneypenny
Diana Rigg
Actor
20-Jul-1938   Mrs. Peel
Telly Savalas
Actor
22-Jan-1922 22-Jan-1994 Kojak
Catherine Schell
Actor
17-Jul-1944   Maya on Space: 1999

CAST

Starring
George Lazenby   ...   James Bond
Diana Rigg   ...   Tracy
Telly Savalas   ...   Blofeld
Gabriele Ferzetti   ...   Draco
Ilse Steppat   ...   Irma Bunt
With
Angela Scoular   ...   Ruby
Lois Maxwell   ...   Moneypenny
Catherine von Schell   ...   Nancy
George Baker   ...   Sir Hilary Bray
and
Bernard Lee   ...   "M"
and
Bernard Horsfall   ...   Campbell
Desmond Llewelyn   ...   "Q"
Yuri Borienko   ...   Grunther
Virginia North   ...   Olympe
Geoffrey Cheshire   ...   Toussaint
Irvin Allen   ...   Che Che
Terry Mountain   ...   Raphael
James Bree   ...   Gumbold
John Gay   ...   Hammond
The Girls
Julie Ege   ...   The Scandinavian
Mona Chong   ...   Chinese
Sylvana Henriques   ...   Jamaican
Dani Sheridan   ...   American
Joanna Lumley   ...   English
Zara   ...   Indian
Anoushka Hempel   ...   Australian
Ingrit Back   ...   German
Helena Ronee   ...   Israeli
Jenny Hanley   ...   Irish

REVIEWS

Review by Ray Tee (posted on 20-Mar-2005)

I saw this film first time on VHS in 1982. What made did this film different was the character of James Bond. In contra to both connery and more this guy was a bit sad and inadvert, carrying a mask of selfconfidence. But George Lazenby made a good performance of it. This film has its flaws, especially bad job done by those in post-production. But of some reason it captured a charisma of alpine winter,especially that part of the movie where Lazenby escapes the alpine HQ until he makes hay with Diana Rigg. I visited the location in Switzerland and it is just as stunning as in the movie..


Review by anonymous (posted on 1-May-2006)

I have loved this James Bond movie since it was first shown in 1969. It was panned for a long time probably as a "bad" entry, because Sean Connery was not James Bond. However, this James Bond entry is among the best in my opinion. This is the only time we see James Bond truly in love (except for maybe The Spy Who Loved Me and his affection for Jinx). This is the only time he was married. This movie was not about gadgets, extraordinary hype shots, but a true love story. We see Bond a bit more vunerable than usual. The scenery is extraordinary, she ski shots exceptional. I love the score as well. Michael N. Washington


Review by Baganda (posted on 10-Oct-2007)

Wonderful film. The man (Sean Connery) is so handsome and walks handsomely. My first time to see this movie was in 1979. In 1973, I had read a book about this film. When I saw him in action, I could not take my eyes off the actors themselves. The only sad thing is the newlywed getting shot in the forehead (though this was a movie) but it touched me all the days of my life. Really a very thrilling one!


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