On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | 1969    

Updated April 15, 2021

Summary & Info

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
There’s a new Blofeld (Telly Savalas), and a new Bond (George Lazenby), and instead of tropical locations, this time the action is on a mountaintop in the Alps. The evil master plan involves brainwashing young women with biological agents in order to blackmail the world and bobsleds and skis are the instruments of snowbound battles. Also, 007 gets married. Cast: Diana Rigg, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lois Maxwell, Bernard Lee and Desmond Llewelyn. Director: Peter Hunt. [2:22 – PG]

Dueling Critics

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“[T]his is quite possibly the greatest Bond film ever made, full stop. Different does not necessarily have to mean bad; different can be fucking great. Perfectly thrilling, emotionally satisfying, handsomely mounted, and with a genuine kicker of an ending, Secret Service is James Bond at his very best…[It] is pure poetry. It transcends the idea of a Bond film.”
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“If there’s one Bond movie I could take back — as in, undo and make like it never happened — it would be ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.’ Is it an awful movie? Objectively speaking, no (although it does feature one of the worst endings ever inflicted on an audience). But as a Bond movie, it’s an abomination…The man wears his tuxedo with ruffles, for crying out loud!”

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | 1969

    

Updated April 15, 2021

Critical Consensus

Dueling Critics

thumbs-up“[T]his is quite possibly the greatest Bond film ever made, full stop. Different does not necessarily have to mean bad; different can be fucking great. Perfectly thrilling, emotionally satisfying, handsomely mounted, and with a genuine kicker of an ending, Secret Service is James Bond at his very best…[It] is pure poetry. It transcends the idea of a Bond film.”
thumbs-up“If there’s one Bond movie I could take back — as in, undo and make like it never happened — it would be ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.’ Is it an awful movie? Objectively speaking, no (although it does feature one of the worst endings ever inflicted on an audience). But as a Bond movie, it’s an abomination…The man wears his tuxedo with ruffles, for crying out loud!”

Summary & Info

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
There’s a new Blofeld (Telly Savalas), and a new Bond (George Lazenby), and instead of tropical locations, this time the action is on a mountaintop in the Alps. The evil master plan involves brainwashing young women with biological agents in order to blackmail the world and bobsleds and skis are the instruments of snowbound battles. Also, 007 gets married. Cast: Diana Rigg, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lois Maxwell, Bernard Lee and Desmond Llewelyn. Director: Peter Hunt. [2:22 – PG]

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