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On Her Majesty's Secret Service [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray] [SteelBook] [Only @ Best Buy] [1969]

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  • Release Date: 09/15/2015
  • Rating: PG
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (255 out of 264)

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    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    It wasn't as well received at the box office as the pictures that preceded it or followed it, but Peter Hunt's On Her Majesty's Secret Service is one of the finest of the James Bond movies. James Bond, portrayed here by George Lazenby (in his only performance in the role) has spent nearly two years trying to track down Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas), the head of SPECTRE. He has been taken off the case by his chief (Bernard Lee), an action the pushes him to the point of considering resigning from Her Majesty's Secret Service, just as he opens a possible new avenue of attack on his quarry. Whilst in the field, Bond has chanced to cross paths with the Contessa Teresa Di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg), a beautiful but desperately unhappy woman, whom he rescues from one apparent suicide attempt and an embarrassing moment at a casino gaming table -- the Contessa, who prefers to be called Tracy ("Teresa was a saint"), is the daughter of Marc Ange Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti), an industrial and construction magnate and also a crime boss, who is impressed with Bond personally as well as professionally, and would like to see him marry his daughter. Bond is, at first, unwilling to involve himself with a woman -- any woman -- on that level, but Draco's underworld contacts give Bond a vital clue to Blofeld's whereabouts that get him back on the case and hot on the man's trail. Journeying incognito to Blofeld's mountaintop retreat in the Swiss Alps, Bond finds the criminal mastermind posing as a would-be nobleman and also as a philanthropist, running a clinic devoted to the treatment and eradication of allergies. It's all a front for a surprisingly sinister (and scientifically valid) plot for international blackmail that would make any previous Bond villain quake in fear. And in the process of staying alive long enough to have a chance of stopping Blofeld, Bond discovers the Tracy is truly like no woman he's ever known before -- one special enough that he finds himself willing to give up his life as a free-living, free-loving bachelor. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • George Lazenby
      George Lazenby - James Bond
    • Diana Rigg
      Diana Rigg - Tracy Di Vicenzo
    • Telly Savalas
      Telly Savalas - Blofeld
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      Ilse Steppat - Irma Bunt
    • Gabriele Ferzetti
      Gabriele Ferzetti - Draco



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 264 reviews

    97%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nobody Does it Better

      Posted
      geoNH

      Amazing that so many actors have inhabited the character, but he is still unmistakably Bond. Lazenby's one off is not bad. For an Australian model, he does his best stepping into Connery's shoes. A bit groovily dated - but the fight scenes are somewhat realistic; gadgetry is a minimum; the obligatory chase scenes (skis!) are still exciting; and Diana Rigg is luscious in her prime. And ... the love story (such as it is) is surprisingly touching. You can almost believe Bond would walk away from Her Majesty's Secret Service.. I think Bloefeld is one of the lesser Bond villains in this one, and the movie does take a while to pick up momentum. The BD Transfer is excellent though, and the original soundtrack has been mastered nicely into a Dolby 5.1 track, so action scenes have a bit of oomph. Nice vocal by Louis Armstrong as well ... Recommended for completists; sure to disappoint the new generation of Bond viewers though.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The Almost-Forgotten, Underrated Bond Movie!

      Posted
      RCE62
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      One of the reasons I enjoy hanging around Best Buy stores is rummaging through the stack of discounted DVDs with their list price of $3.99 each. I am presently reconstructing my collection of James Bond films, but not willing to spend on expensive collector's sets and/or Blu-Ray versions. So, finding a cheap DVD copy of this often-neglected installment in the 007 film series was a steal. 1969's "OHMSS" was the only Bond outing of the then-unknown Australian model George Lazenby. While he obviously still needed to hone his acting chops, he apparently handled the action scenes quite well. The film and plot with its romantic and tragic spin may have been quite ahead of its time for Bond fans back then and would have been an ideal vehicle for Bond actors who also happen to be strong thespians like Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good Bond movie, bad Lazenby acting

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      luckydragon
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      ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE is the first James Bond movie without Sean Connery who was replaced by Australian model George Lazenby. Fittingly, it was Lazenby's last Bond movie. Lazenby was either fired or quit---the producers said he was fired, and Lazenby said he quit. The wooden Lazenby detracts from the very good script and supporting cast of Bond Girl Diana Rigg (THE AVENGERS) and Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld played by Telly Savalas (KOJAK, THE DIRTY DOZEN, KELLY'S HEROES). The score by John Barry is considered the best of the Bond movies and features the love theme "We Have All the Time in the World" sung by a dying Louis Armstrong. The Blu-ray video quality and special features are very good like the all of the Bond Blu-rays.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great for Bond fans and movie collectors

      Posted
      SaintBryce

      Although I already own the 50 Years of Bond boxset, I couldn't pass this up. The steelbook is beautiful, and the digital copy was a great addition. If you are a movie collector, like myself, it's an easy buy. But if you already own the BluRay, the disc is the exact one from the 50 Years of Bond boxset. I love this item, but if you're looking for new special features, and new disc art, it's not there. I would recommend this item to a movie collector, someone that doesn't already own the film, and to those looking for cool art work with a digital copy (It's roughly the same price as a pure digital copy on iTunes, Vudu, Flixster, etc.)

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      007 GOLDEN!

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      JIMSMONSTER
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      I remember seeing this film as a kid and many more times growing up. I was probably one of the few that enjoyed George replacing Sean. Don't get me wrong Connery was and is still the best. to play Bond! But this film is special since it shows Bond's human side. I thought casting Diane Riggs and Telly Savalas was great. The film as a whole is very good and actually holds up better than Connery's Diamonds are forever not to mention the first two Roger Moore film's. I would recommend this film. I think the last few decades have changed people's opinion of this movie.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Enjoyable Bond change of pace

      Posted
      Carlosmoviefan
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      It takes a little getting used to if you watched the Sean Connery Bonds as this is the first movie without him. It could make you overlook the fact that it is a really interesting story and in other respects, true to its heritage. There is a big event in this one but of course, I won't include spoiler material. Diana Rigg is well cast as the Bond girl. George Lazenby as Bond is the adjustment part. Hard to tell how he would have been accepted as JB since this was his only outing in the role. Perhaps if Sean Connery had played his role, it might have been a 5 star for me.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The odd-Bond-picture out

      Posted
      prlwctd

      This is definitely the odd-picture out in the Bond canon for two reasons: This is Lazenby's only turn as 007 (which has led some to dismiss both his performance & the picture) and it's the one in which Bond marries. This is arguably the closest adapation of its namesake Fleming novel. The acting (especially Rigg as Mrs. Bond), music, and camerawork are all sensational. No doubt more people would embrace this had Lazenby either continued playing Bond or if Sir Sean had agreed to be in this pic (he was in the Bond films both prior to [You Only Live Twice] and after this film [Diamonds are Forever]).

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Stars are for Diana Rigg

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      Jeff
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      This is not one of the best because Lazenby just ISN'T Bond. Maybe that's not his fault. However, he is clearly meant to be there for the "human moments" particularly at the end, and is right for those. Telly Savalas makes a great Blofeld, but the slow revelation and the pantie chase plot is really plodding. Nonetheless, I've watched this over and over for Diana Rigg. She brings believability, urgency, warmth to her role as Tracy. The movie ends in great tragedy that resonates forever and kind of makes it required Bond viewing.

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