Section Header On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Universal Exports' Review

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Movie Poster Summary: When Bond's usual intelligence sources fail, he enlists the aid of crime boss Draco to track down Ernst Blofeld , head of the evil SPECTRE organization. The trail leads to the mountains of Switzerland, where Bond goes undercover in Blofeld's hi-tech headquarters. He encounters a bevy of seductive women, but none more beautiful than Draco's daughter, Tracy , who wins 007 over with her fervent independence, caustic wit and love of adventure. Bond pledges his eternal devotion to her, but there are more immediate concerns: Blofeld is poised to unleash horrific germ warfare weaponry that will endanger every living thing on earth.

Review: First off, I like George Lazenby as 007. He had the panache and the looks to become a good Bond. If he had stuck with it he would have grown into the role, just as Connery did. As for the movie, if it had Connery it would have been the best of the series. The story was moving, touching, exciting, action packed, and by far the most emotional of all the Bond films. Other highlights include the original Bond ski-chase, a thrilling bobsled sequence, a strong plot and a great Blofeld. The film's greatest problem is the continuity issue with Bond and Blofeld not recognizing each other. True, the producers wanted to follow Fleming's book, but it just didn't work. Aside from that it was a flawless movie.

Universal Exports Rating: 007

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service Firsts

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Tidbits

First appearance of George Lazenby as James Bond

First time Bond considers retirement

First time Bond's office is seen

First time themes from other 007 movies are used

First James Bond ski chase

First and only time M's house (Quarterdeck) is seen

First time Bond reads a Playboy magazine

First time items from previous Bond movies are seen

First and only time Bond admits to being a different person ("This never happened to the other fella")

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This was supposed to be the last Bond film.

It was said that Diana Rigg so disliked George Lazenby that she ate garlic before their love scenes. However, this has been vehemently denied by both parties.

Early drafts of the script had a subplot of Lazenby getting plastic surgery to explain the change in appearance.

Lazenby was originally offered a seven picture contract but refused.

Tracy 's murder was supposed to be the opening scene of Diamonds Are Forever.

Ilse Steppat, who played Irma Bunt, died on December 22, 1969, four days after the film's release.

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