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On Her Majesty's Secret Service [DVD]

George Lazenby , Diana Rigg , Peter Hunt    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Ilse Steppat, Yuri Borienko
  • Directors: Peter Hunt
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman, Albert R. Broccoli
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EINT6Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,943 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australian model George Lazenby took up the mantle of the world's most suave secret agent when Sean Connery retired as James Bond--prematurely, it turned out. Connery returned in Diamonds Are Forever before leaving the role to Roger Moore, and Lazenby's subsequent career fizzled, yet this one-hit wonder is responsible for one of the best Bond films. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 007 leaves the Service to privately pursue his SPECTRE nemesis Blofeld (played this time by Telly Savalas), whose latest master plan threatens the world's crops with agricultural sterilisation. Bond teams up with smooth international crime-lord Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti) and falls in love with--and marries--his elegant daughter, Tracy (Diana Rigg). Bond monogamous? Not at first; after all he has Blofeld's harem to seduce. Lazenby hasn't the intensity of Connery but he has fun with his quips and even lampoons the Bond image in a playful pre-credits sequence. Rigg, fresh from playing sexy Emma Peel in The Avengers, matches 007 in every way. Former editor Peter Hunt makes a strong directorial debut, deftly handling the elaborate action sequences with a kinetic finesse and a dash of humour. Though not a hit on its original release, On Her Majesty's Secret Service has become a fan favourite and the closest the series has come to capturing the spirit of Ian Fleming's books. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com -- On the DVD: Affable and intelligent director Peter Hunt explains his ambition to take the series back to the original spirit of Fleming's books with this instalment. Out of all the Bond DVDs, his commentary track--interspliced with comments from other cast and crew members--is one of the most entertaining and informative as he chuckles over some of his more felicitous touches. Although sadly Diana Rigg is absent from the "making of" featurette, an older and wiser George Lazenby reveals how he acquired one of Connery's suits and went to the same barber in order to make himself look credible for the part. Hunt and others are disarmingly frank about how Lazenby's arrogance on set won him few friends. The late lamented Desmond Llewelyn, who played the boffin "Q", presents an amusing guide to the greatest gadgets of the series and explains how he can barely work a can opener in real life. The rest of the technical features are all present and correct and up to this series' usual high standards. --Leslie Felperin

Product Description

James Bond (this time played by George Lazenby) hands in his licence to kill after being banned from hunting down his arch-nemesis Blofeld (Telly Savalas). Continuing his investigations alone, he follows a lead to Portugal, meets and falls in love with Tracey Draco (Diana Rigg), and is told by her crimelord father that Blofeld is now in Switzerland. Pretty soon its snow, kilts, girls, secret bases and ski chases, as Bond chases down his enemy and attempts to foil a plan to unleash a deadly chemical weapon.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
For superspy James Bond's sixth big screen outing, and the first not to star Sean Connery in the lead role, we were served up with a rather different style of film, which ranks up there with `From Russia With Love' as my favourite in the series.

There are several things that make this film stand out in the series. Firstly, for me, is the score. There are grand, stirring action themes full of sweeping horns and strings, but there is also a series of gentle romantic themes, the best of which is Louis Armstrong's contribution. Then there is the attitude of the film - there is still the emphasis on action and big set pieces, but there for the first time since Dr No some attempt is made to develop Bond's character, and show his compassionate side. There is also a slightly different attitude to women. Usually there as objects for Bond to fall into bed with, with little or no emotional attachment, for the first time we see him falling in love and behaving in a totally different manner.

George Lazenby acquits himself well as Bond. Many people have described him as wooden, but I just don't see it. In the final scene after Blofeld's devastating revenge he portrays Bond's grief and inability to cope to a tee. That scene always brings a lump to the throat. Telly Savalas does a grand job as Blofeld. Not quite as creepy as Donald Pleasance in the previous film, but with an air of ruthless evil and great intelligence. Finally I must mention Diana Rigg, who plays the most memorable Bond girl of all time. She is one of the few Bond girl's who is required to do more than hang around and look pretty. She shows the various aspects of Tracy's character and makes her a totally believable construct. And she looks pretty as well...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Bond Pictures 12 Dec 2004
Format:DVD
I'll preface this review by saying, this was the first Bond picture I ever saw (so I had no sense of Connery's performance). Having said that- and confirming Connery is the best of all the actors to have played Bond- OHMSS remains my personal favorite.
I also will state that George Lazenby (for my money), is the only other person to have played Bond well. He played it differently and yet he was able to carry off the suave and the brutal sides of the character with great style. This was no easy feat- even with Peter Hunt's help. To fill the shoes of both Connery and Bond was no easy task and, being the first to do so in what has been a succession of actors now, was both tough and overwhelming in weight and response.
This film departed from the rest of the series and reached back to both the elements of the books, and giving Bond an equal in his love interest. Tracy (the magnificent Diana Rigg) was dangerous, self destructive and yet mesmerizing. This film demands some sudden vulnerability and humanity from Bond, and this is where I think Lazenby and Hunt succeeded. They still retain enough of the gadgets, the threat to the world ( Telly Savalas in a finally fleshed out, equally suave and terrific portrayal of Bond's arch enemy, Ernst Stavaro Blofeld), and the womanizing. Still- Bond is suddenly seen needing or wanting something more.
It has John Barry's best Bond score (with Louis Armstrong singing the love theme in what was one of his best and last performances).
The fight sequences are great- the locations, pure Bond in scope and size and the performances of all, above and beyond. M, Moneypenny and Q, and Gabriele Ferzetti (as Rigg's father)- all terrific.
A recent polling indicated that this had placed in the top 5 of all Bond films with the British.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten or Ignored Bond 8 Nov 2000
Format:DVD
I suppose like most people I came to this film with a number of expectations. Others treated this film with disdain since it did not feature the definitive Bond (Connery). Not forgetting the popular myth - Lazenby was so poor he was sacked.
The first time I saw this film, some ten years ago I was surprised at how good it was. With each viewing it improved - some of the best action scenes in a Bond film and a memorable ending also made it stand out.
Part of the problem surrounding the film could be that this was the first non-Connery Bond film. Another problem could be that poor old George Lazenby is dubbed for his scenes as Sir Hilary Bray.
In spite of all those, Lazenby does turn in a good performance and it is a pity that he chose not to continue in the role. It would have been interesting indeed to see what he would have made of Diamonds Are Forever (BTW - I'm not criticising Connery). With hindsight it is also noticeable that a lot of later Bond films steal bits and pieces from this one.
With each DVD release of a Bond film, MGM/UA add some excellent features, this one is no exception.
An excellent transfer (and finally I have a copy of the film featuring that 6 minute scene in Grunwold's office!) - the picture and sound quality are excellent. A worthy addition to the Bond collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Hit Wonder!! 20 Nov 2002
Format:DVD
On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a strange entry to the Bond series, widely forgotten by the general movie going public, but plauded as the greatest Bond movie of all time by many of the Bond die hards. In truth OHMSS is a wonderful film which is a masterpiece in the series along with: Goldfinger, From Russia With Love and The Spy Who Loved Me.
The main reason why it is the forgotten film of the series is becase it stars George Lazenby as Bond and not Sean Connery. This however was it only undoing feature (even though Lazenby makes a very good Bond) as the movie going public wants to see Connery in this role.
The movies good feature far and away out do the bad. It looks stunning and has arguably the best plot line of any of the Bond movies, which closely follows that of Fleming's novel (also his best). Diana Rigg as Bond's wife to be Tracey is the best Bond girl in the series and the film is beautifully shot by director Peter Hunt.
The wonderful and emotional plotline are what make OHMSS great, and even though George Lazenby gives a very good performance as James Bond you can only wonder how different history would see this movie if Sean Connery had played the part of 007, in my opinion OHMSS would have been view as the very best in the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bond! only Better
What can i say..... its Bond...... James Bond!

It's on Bluray!

& a BARGAIN on the 2 for 10!
Published 9 days ago by The Vordster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 22 days ago by Michael W
2.0 out of 5 stars ... holiday and wanted to see what this place was like. Great scenery...
Bought this purely because we had been to Switzerland on holiday and wanted to see what this place was like. Great scenery but 'Oh dear' - worst 007 I have EVER seen.
Published 25 days ago by Mrs Linda M Treadwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery
Everything went very smoothly with my order, even though I ordered it on a weekend the speed in which it was delivere it could'nt have got here any quicker. Very happy shopper
Published 2 months ago by Beryl Keen
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
For some reason, OHMSS has recently started getting great reviews, with some praising it as one of the best Bond films ever. That is wrong. It is easily the worst. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars the best Bond by far...
why is everyone so dismissive of Aussie model Lazenby - the movie itself is the most glamorous and he is so much better than Connery or Moore (not to mention the others) - but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Redgrave
4.0 out of 5 stars "This Never Happened To The Other Fella"
Dvd Info.
Region 2.
Ratio.16.9/2.35:1
Running time 136 minutes approx.
Frame by Frame Restoration.

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Published 3 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond
As a Bond fan from the beginning this DVD will go into my collection and help to complete the set!
Published 4 months ago by stella taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film with a great music score!
This film promised so much for the new James Bond, and with it's iconic music score this is one of the best. Read more
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