On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Synopsis:


  • Her name was Tracy di Vincenzo. Bond saved her from suicide and some dangerous killers. He never forgot her. Or her murder. This all started because after Bond saved Tracy, her father, Corsican crime lord Marc-Ange Draco is looking for a husband to tame his rambunctious daughter. He sees that Bond saves her from her own fate and decides he is the best candidate. Bond would say no, save for one thing: Draco has informations on Ernst Stavro Blofeld's whereabouts. Blofeld has gone into hiding in the Swiss Alps, and he's ready to put his new diabolical plan into motion.

Release Date:

  • December 18, 1969

Box Office Results:

  • $64.6 million

Running Time:

  • 142 minutes

Issued Sidearm:

  • Walther PPK

Gadgets:


Director:


Screenplay:

  • Richard Maibaum
  • Additional dialogue: Simon Raven


Music:

  • The soundtrack and main theme were composed by by John Barry. OHMSS is notable for being one of the three Bond films (besides Dr. No and From Russia With Love) to feature an instrumental only theme for the opening title sequence.
  • The song "We Have All the Time in the World" was sung by Louis Armstrong, with lyrics by Hal David.

Filming Locations:

  • Lisbon, Portugal; Murren, near Interlaken, Switzerland; St Moritz, Switzerland; College Of Arms and MI6, London, England, UK.

Best Quote:

  • Bond: "This never happened to the other fellow!"

Best Mistake:

  • When Tracy and Bond are on the beach and Tracy drives off, you can hear the tires screech - - - not something usually associated with wheels on sand!

Distinguishing Feature:

  • Lazenby's one and only appearance as Bond. He turned down a seven movies deal.
  • The movie remains perhaps the closest adaption of an Ian Fleming novel to date, virtually everything that happens in the novel happens in the film.

Bond Statistics:

  • Women in Bed: 3
  • Martinis: 1
  • Kills: 8
  • "Bond, James Bond": 2

Trivia:

  • In the film George Lazenby wears a kilt as part of his cover to a dinner with the lovlies of the clinic. Had Connery starred in the film it would have been perfect since Connery is Scottish.
  • While at the Royal Collage of Arms, Sir Hilary Bray identifies Bond's family Crest with the motto "The World is Not Enough"; which ended up as the title of the 19th Bond movie.
  • The film was originally intended to be the fourth installment in the 007 series, following Goldfinger, but Thunderball was made instead. It was then planned as the fifth film but at the time Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had difficulty finding the right winter-esque locations, so it was postponed again as You Only Live Twice became the fifth film in the series. Finally they were able to make On Her Majesty's Secret Service as the sixth film in 1969.

Detailed synopsis:

The film opens with Moneypenny, M and Q discussing the whereabouts of Bond. Bond is in Portugal, driving on a coastal highway when he is overtaken by a woman in a Mercury Cougar . Bond follows the woman to a beach where she attempts suicide by drowning herself. He drives down to the beach and saves the woman's life by carrying her back to the beach. As he brings the woman back to consciousness and introduces himself, two thugs try to kill them. After the fight, the woman runs to her car and speeds away. Bond notes that "This never happened to the other fellow," presumably Sean Connery.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki

Bond later encounters the same woman at a casino. The woman places a bet that she can't cover, so Bond rescues her again by paying her debt. He finds out that the woman's name is Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo. She invites him to her hotel room to "thank him" for his help. When he visits Tracy's room later, a thug emerges behind Bond. Bond knocks him out then goes back to his room where he finds Tracy. Tracy threatens to kill Bond for a thrill, however Bond disarms her and questions her about the thug in her room. Tracy has nothing to say.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki

The following morning, Tracy leaves the hotel. As Bond leaves the hotel, several men kidnap him and lead him to Marc-Ange Draco, the head of the European crime syndicate Unione Corse, whom Bond recognizes immediately. Draco reveals that Tracy is his only daughter and tells Bond of her troubled past, offering Bond a personal dowry of one million pounds if he will marry her. Bond refuses, but agrees to continue romancing Tracy under the agreement that Draco reveals the whereabouts of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki

Bond returns to MI6 but is told by M that he has been relieved from duty, and then Bond resigns. After M accepts the letter, Bond learns that as Moneypenny was recording his dictation, she changes the wording to request two weeks leave instead. Realizing he can pursue Blofeld on his time off and not be forced to quit MI6, Bond thanks Moneypenny and heads for Draco's birthday party in Portugal. There, Tracy discovers Bond's deal with her father and demands that the charade end and her father provide Bond with the information he requested. Draco tells Bond that his next line of pursuit should be a law firm in Bern, Switzerland. After a brief argument, Bond and Tracy's romance begins.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki
Tracy in OHMSS

Bond and Tracy go to Bern with Draco to investigate the lawyer's connection with Blofeld. Searching the law office, Bond finds Blofeld's correspondence with the London College of Arms. Blofeld is attempting to claim the title "Comte Balthazar de Bleuchamp" to legitimize his standing in society. His College of Arms correspondent is genealogist Sir Hilary Bray. Bond visits M at home and is granted permission to officially take up the investigation of Blofeld again.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki


Posing as Bray, Bond visits Blofeld, who has established a clinical research institute atop Piz Gloria in the Swiss Alps . In disguise, Bond meets ten young women, Blofeld's "Angels of Death", that are supposed to be patients of the institute's allergy clinic. In fact, the women are being brainwashed to distribute bacteriological warfare agents throughout various parts of the world.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki


Bond is caught trying to sleep with Ruby Bartlett by Blofeld's henchwoman, Irma Bunt. Bond's disguise as Bray fails, and he is identified by Blofeld. Bond escapes imprisonment, skiing down Piz Gloria, arriving at the village of Mürren, where he encounters Tracy. A blizzard forces them to retreat into a remote barn where Bond declares his love for Tracy and proposes marriage to her. Tracy accepts Bond's marriage proposal. The next morning, Blofeld captures Tracy while leaving Bond to die in a man-made avalanche, which Bond survives.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond Wiki


Blofeld holds the world at ransom with the threat of destroying its agriculture using his brainwashed women and demanding amnesty for all past crimes. He also demands to be recognized as the current Count de Bleuchamp. Bond enlists Draco and his forces to attack Blofeld's headquarters and successfully frees Tracy from Blofeld's captivity. The raid is successful as Bond and Blofeld are the last to escape before the institute is destroyed. The pair engage in a bobsled chase down Piz Gloria. Eventually, Blofeld is snared between a fork in a tree while Bond drives away in the bobsled. Bond and Tracy finally get married, but as they drive away, Bond stops to remove the flowers from his car and at that moment, Blofeld and Bunt pass the couple in a car. Bunt shoots the windscreen with an assault rifle. Bond has not been harmed, but Tracy has been shot in the head.