On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE

Review: James Bond goes undercover and uncovers the true story for Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s allergy research. This is situated in the Swiss Alps and involves beautiful women from all around the world.
Director: Peter R. Hunt
Actors: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti, IIse Steppat, Lois Maxwell, Bernard Horsfall, George Baker, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, Virginia North and Irvin Allen
Year: 1969
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance and Thriller
Conclusion: 4/5
This is the sixth outing for James Bond. Interestingly this is one of the most faithful adaptations of an Ian Fleming novel and virtually everything in the book occurs in the movie. I honestly didn’t see the problem with George Lazenby and thought he was perfectly suited. Apparently as of 2019, George Lazenby is the youngest actor to portray 007, at age twenty-nine during filming. Casting George Lazenby displeased a lot of James Bond fans and it is with this Bond where it divided many fans and critics over the years. Even though this divided so many fans, this is actually Christopher Nolan’s favourite Bond movie, and apparently many references can be found in Nolan’s film Inception (2010). Actor Timothy Dalton was offered the part of James Bond, but turned it down as he felt that, at twenty-two, he was too young and relatively inexperienced to take the role. Dalton however played Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and also again in Licence to Kill (1989). I enjoyed the script and thought it was well written. I also thought that the action sequences were very good. The theme song for this “We Have All the Time in the World” was the last thing that Louis Armstrong ever recorded as sadly he passed away only two years after. According to the BBFC, the cinema release was edited to change a single line for theatrical exhibition. The BBFC claimed responsibility for the edit in a tweet in 2019. They added a line of dialogue, expanding the line ‘I have a slight stiffness coming on to ‘I have a slight stiffness coming on… in my shoulder”! During the dinner-party sequence, Angela Scoular writes her room number on Bond’s bare inner thigh. After he says he feels a slight stiffness coming on, the line in the shoulder has been added, totally ruining the suggestive joke. The edit persists into all home video releases worldwide.

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