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James Bond - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD]

George Lazenby , Diana Rigg , John Jordan    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Ilse Steppat, Yuri Borienko
  • Directors: John Jordan
  • Producers: Syd Cain, Harry Saltzman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Greek, Dutch, Hindi, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, English, Swedish
  • 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 Home Ent. (Europe) Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FIKX0Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,421 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 goes undercover in the treacherous Swiss Alps in this action-packed epic filled with artilleryladen ski pursuits, incredible stunts and nonstop thrills! George Lazenby leaps into the role of Agent 007 with supreme confidence and undeniable charisma, even finding love with the beautiful and seductive Tracy Di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg). But first Bond must stop evil genius Blofeld (Telly Savalas) from realising a germ warfare plot that could kill millions!


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Bond film 5 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
I am a huge fan of Bond films. This one, the first time I saw it, when I was very young (10-11 years old) was really disappointing. Who was that chap, that Lazenby? And a married Bond? This didn't seem to fit in the category "A Bond film". Then I saw it again, many years later, and I had to change my mind. This is a great film, and Lazenby is nothing less than perfect for it. Connery, Moore and Brosnan played the canonical Bonds, while Dalton and Lazenby had to play a different Bond. I can't imagine Moore or Connery getting married, or planning a personal and really savage vendetta, as Dalton did in License to kill. These stories simply needed a different actor. Something like that happens now with Casino Royale. But OHMSS also has Q, incredible chases, one of them in the snow, and, for me, a really marvellous Bond girl, one of the best songs, and the best end scene. Diana Rigg simply steals the film every time she appears on screen, and the moments when "We have all the time in the world" sounds, the scene is filled with charm. And what to say about that ending? Lazenby shines here. We believe his performance, although it must be the only time we have seen Bond like this.

As for the baddie, Savallas makes a decent Blofeld, but, I think, worse than Pleasence.

After seeing this new release, the good points of the film are enhanced, and I simply forget about the bad ones. A superb film, really.
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6 of 6 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Bond 7 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
Unfairly maligned in some quarters, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) remains among the top-five James Bond adventures. It's fitting that Sean Connery chose to sit this one out, since the Bond depicted in this film is more romantic and vulnerable. With George Lazenby as 007, you actually believe Bond would give up everything to marry Tracy (a memorable Diana Rigg). It's a pity that Lazenby didn't continue in the role, but his one-time performance adds to the film's uniqueness. Director Peter Hunt gives "OHMSS" a cinematic flair lacking in most Bond films - highlighted by some of the finest action sequences in movie history. Remastered and expanded, the two-disc "Ultimate Edition" is a must-own for 007 fans.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
No Bond film has suffered as much historical and critical revisionism as On Her Majesty's Secret Service. A huge hit on its first release and no better or worse reviewed than any of the preceding Bonds, George Lazenby's decision to leave the series before the film was released led to a tidal wave of attacks from the press and spurned co-producer Albert R. Broccoli (who even removed Lazenby's face from the original US poster!) that cast such a dark shadow over the film that the fact it's one of the highpoints of the series slipped from the public consciousness. Instead it became the Bond that flopped (if taking more than ten times its cost can be called flopping), the Bond that everybody hated (there were plenty of rave reviews to prove otherwise) with the Bond so bad he had to be fired (the producers tried to sign him up for several more pictures but, foolishly he admits, their new star thought the series was on the way out). It didn't help that the film was subsequently heavily cut for reissues and TV, and it's only with the Ultimate Edition DVD that the film is finally available in its absolutely uncut version (even the previous DVD was missing a few shots). Over the years its reputation has gradually grown, although EON clearly still regard it as the black sheep of the series: where the producers proudly boasted in 1970 that it was the fastest Bond to recoup its cost, for the documentary here they maintain it was the slowest. It's tempting to imagine whether 2006's Casino Royale would have met with similar treatment had Daniel Craig decided to call it a day before it opened...

It's all the more mystifying considering how fresh and genuinely exciting much of the film still is today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 8 days 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
Published 1 month ago by Metallicapirate
3.0 out of 5 stars Much too modern look imposed on a classic 60's Bond...
I've become a big fan of OHMSS over the years so had high expectations for this Bluray edition. The new 4K scan and digital restoration has certainly yielded a superb image in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mr_madiba
3.0 out of 5 stars Does not work with Profile 2
I really like George Lazenby in this Bond Film and ordered through Amazon with the "2 Blu Rays for 10" offer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Acraman
5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than expected
The one and only James Bond film starring George Lazenby. The blue ray transfer is very good and the film is pretty good too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars The World is Not Enough
Always the underdog and never the Top Dog, OHMSS has a bad reputation that it doesn't deserve. I honestly don't know what Bond fans really want in their movies as they hate... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Inspector Gadget
2.0 out of 5 stars "OHMSS!"...."OMG".
What couldve been the best bond ever is ruined by an over eagertistical George Lazenby.Not much action,this is the one,where BOND gets married! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Malcolm McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars A UNDERATED BOND
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To my mind this is a good bond film, if not one of the best it certainly is far from the worst. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Trajan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie Out of Its Time
This is the Bond film that many people probably never see. There is one reason for that, and I think only one: the actor playing Bond. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arch Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
another great 007 movie very good film to watch as are all the others. was a very quick service that I received
Published 5 months ago by Mandy-ann
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