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James Bond Movie - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Info

Release Date (UK)December 18th, 1969
Release Date (US)December 18th, 1969
DirectorPeter Hunt
Film Number6 of 23
Running Time140 Minutes
Previous FilmYou Only Live Twice
Next FilmDiamonds Are Forever

Cast

CharacterActor
Tracy Di VicenzoDiana Rigg
Marc-Ange DracoGabriele Ferzetti
Irma BuntIlse Steppat
Ruby BartlettAngela Scoular
NancyCatherine Schell
Shaun CampbellBernard Horsfall
Sir Hilary BrayGeorge Baker
GruntherYuri Borionko

Regulars

CharacterActor
James BondGeorge Lazenby
MBernard Lee
QDesmond Llewelyn
Miss MoneypennyLois Maxwell
BlofeldTelly Savalas

Images

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Plot

While driving in Portugal, James Bond is intrigued by a women who speeds past him in a car. A moment later he spots her empty car, and using a pair of binoculars, he sees her walking into the sea, attempting to drown herself. Bond drives down to save her, and is confronted by three men. The women manages to drive away before Bond can end the fight.

Bond returns to his hotel and sees the womens car again, finding out from the hotel staff that she is Contessa Teresa Di Vicenzo. The two meet at a baccarat table, where Teresa ("Tracy") is gambling with money she doesn't have. Bond pretends that they were gambling partners, and pays off her debt. Tracy invites Bond to her room, to thank him for saving her twice.

The next morning, Bond is kidnapped at gunpoint, and taken to the home of Marc-Ange Draco, the head of the Union Corse, the largest criminal organization in Europe. Draco reveals that he is Tracy's father, and offers Bond a million pound dowry for marrying his daughter. Bond declines the offer, but agrees to stay friendly with Tracy, if Draco will reveal the location of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Bond meets up with Draco and Tracy at Draco's birthday celebration, and Tracy forces her father to reveal the information on Blofeld, thinking that that is Bond's only interest. Tracy storms out crying, and Bond follows, telling her that he wasn't dating her just to get her fathers information.

Bond breaks into the lawyers office of a client he suspects to be Blofeld, and photocopies documents obtained from cracking the lawyers safe. He discovers that Blofeld is claiming to be a Count, and is seeking legal confirmation from the London College of Arms. In the photocopied letter, Blofeld's lawyer is requesting that genealogist Sir Hilary Bray take a visit to Blofeld's Swiss allergy research center to confirm is claim.

Bond goes to the College of Arms and asks for their assistance, so that Bond can go to Switzerland, posing as Hilary Bray. He convinces them to help him, and meets Blofeld's henchwomen Irma Bunt, who takes Bond by cable car to a secluded facility high up in the Swiss Alps. Bond tries to lure Blofeld out of Switzerland on the pretence of requiring Blofeld's presence in his family archives. Blofeld refuses, and Bond's identity is eventually revealed, when he gets caught sneaking into a girls room at night.

Bond is locked in the mechanical room of the cable car, but manages to escape, stealing some skis and making his way down the mountain. He meets Tracy at the bottom, at an ice rink, and drives to an old barn, to spend the night. Bond proposes to Tracy, and the two become engaged to be married. The next morning, Blofeld arrives at the barn, and the two try to escape by skiing through the hillside.

Before Tracy and Bond manage to escape, Blofeld sets of a flare, triggering an avalance that traps Tracy. Bond manages to get away, but Tracy is taken hostage by Blofeld, who tries to make her into his mistress. Using a small army of hypnotized girls from across the country, Blofeld plans to infect crops and animals, demanding a ransom from the government.

In the meantime, Bond goes back to M, who refuses to set up an operation to storm Piz Gloria. Bond calls Draco, and storms Blofelds facility with an aerial attack, pretending to be Red Cross rescue workers, so that they can get close enough to land. Draco dynamites the facility, and Bond escapes, pursuing Blofeld in a bobsled chase.

Bond escapes to safety, while Blofeld is left hanging from a tree branch, with an injured neck. Assuming Blofeld had died, Bond leaves for England, to prepare for his wedding. Tracy and Bond marry, and drive off in their Aston Martin. Bond decides that their are too many flowers attached to the car, and pulls over to remove them. While he is doing so, Blofeld drives by in a car, and shoots at them both, killing Tracy in the process. Bond holds her, and softly says "We have all the time in the world", reflecting on his prior hope that the two would be together forever.

Music

Track #SongAuthor
1We Have All The Time In The WorldLouis Armstrong
2This Never Happened To the Other FellaJohn Barry
3TryJohn Barry
4Ski ChaseJohn Barry
5Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are GrownNina
6On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceJohn Barry
7Journey To Blofeld's HideawayJohn Barry
8We Have All The Time In The WorldJohn Barry
9Over & OutJohn Barry
10Battle At Piz GloriaJohn Barry
11We Have All The Time In The WorldJohn Barry
12Journey To Draco's HideawayJohn Barry
13Bond And DracoJohn Barry
14Gumbold's SafeJohn Barry
15Bond Settles InJohn Barry
16Bond Meets The GirlsJohn Barry
17Dusk At Piz GloriaJohn Barry
18Sir Hillary's Night OutJohn Barry
19Blofeld's PlotJohn Barry
20Escape From Piz GloriaJohn Barry
21Bobsled ChaseJohn Barry

Trivia

Box Office

Opened in # TheatresUnknown
Production Budget$7 Million (~$45.2M with inflation)
Worldwide Gross$87.4 Million (~$513.4M with inflation)

Crew

DirectorPeter Hunt
EditorJohn Glen
ProducersAlbert R. "Cubby" Broccoli
Harry Saltzman
WritersIan Fleming (Original Novel)
Richard Maibaum (Screenplay)
Simon Raven (Aditional dialogue)
MusiciansJohn Barry
Production DesignerSyd Cain

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