On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

140 mins | Melodrama | 1969

Director:

Peter Hunt

Writer:

Richard Maibaum

Cinematographer:

Michael Reed

Editor:

John Glen

Production Designer:

Syd Cain

Production Companies:

Eon Productions, Ltd., Danjaq, S. A.
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Switzerland, London, and Portugal. Released in London in Dec 1969. The film acknowledges the cooperation of Her Majesty's College of Arms and Heralds and ShilThornbahn A.G. of Mürren ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Switzerland, London, and Portugal. Released in London in Dec 1969. The film acknowledges the cooperation of Her Majesty's College of Arms and Heralds and ShilThornbahn A.G. of Mürren (Switzerland). More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Stock car seq dir
Asst dir
WRITERS
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam focus
2nd unit cam
2nd unit cam
Aerial cam
Skiing cam
Skiing cam
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Assembly ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Ward master
MUSIC
Mus comp, arr & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff ed
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Prod secy
Cont
Constr mgr
Dial coach
Stunt arr
Main title des
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming (London, 1963).
AUTHOR
MUSIC
"James Bond Theme" by Monty Norman.
SONGS
"We Have All the Time in the World," music and lyrics by John Barry and Hal David, sung by Louis Armstrong
"Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?," music and lyrics by John Barry and Hal David, sung by Nina.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
1969
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 17 December 1969
Copyright Claimant:
Eon Productions
Copyright Date:
18 December 1969
Copyright Number:
LP37433
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
140
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

James Bond's perennial battle against international crime organization SPECTRE leads him to the shores of Portugal, where he prevents the suicide-by-drowning of Tracy, a beautiful "jet setter" with a penchant for heavy gambling. His search there for Ernst Stavros Blofeld, chief of SPECTRE, is aborted when Bond is recalled to London by "M," his superior, who insists the secret agent abandon his manhunt. Upon returning to Portugal on his own, Bond rescues Tracy once again by paying a gambling debt she cannot cover, an act of gallantry that earns him the key to her room. The following morning, however, Bond is brought by two hoodlums to see Tracy's father, Marc Ange Draco, head of the Union Corse crime syndicate, who thereupon offers the sleuth $1 million to marry Tracy. Bond refuses the money but makes use of Draco's underworld connections to trace Blofeld to Switzerland, where he is attempting to establish his right to the title of Count de Bleuchamp with London's College of Arms. After disguising himself as the College's director, Bond is taken in a helicopter by Irma Bunt, Blofeld's aide, to a heavily guarded Swiss mountaintop, where he is to research Blofeld's claim. At the Piz Gloria, as the retreat is called, Bond finds the Institute of Physiological Research, a front for another of Blofeld's attempts to rule the world. A dozen international beauties who have come there seeking cures for allergies have been brainwashed into introducing sterility spores into their respective nations' agricultural products. Bond samples some international love-making but has to escape Piz Gloria by skis when Irma penetrates his disguise and substitutes herself for one of his bedtime companions. Tracy rescues him with ... +


James Bond's perennial battle against international crime organization SPECTRE leads him to the shores of Portugal, where he prevents the suicide-by-drowning of Tracy, a beautiful "jet setter" with a penchant for heavy gambling. His search there for Ernst Stavros Blofeld, chief of SPECTRE, is aborted when Bond is recalled to London by "M," his superior, who insists the secret agent abandon his manhunt. Upon returning to Portugal on his own, Bond rescues Tracy once again by paying a gambling debt she cannot cover, an act of gallantry that earns him the key to her room. The following morning, however, Bond is brought by two hoodlums to see Tracy's father, Marc Ange Draco, head of the Union Corse crime syndicate, who thereupon offers the sleuth $1 million to marry Tracy. Bond refuses the money but makes use of Draco's underworld connections to trace Blofeld to Switzerland, where he is attempting to establish his right to the title of Count de Bleuchamp with London's College of Arms. After disguising himself as the College's director, Bond is taken in a helicopter by Irma Bunt, Blofeld's aide, to a heavily guarded Swiss mountaintop, where he is to research Blofeld's claim. At the Piz Gloria, as the retreat is called, Bond finds the Institute of Physiological Research, a front for another of Blofeld's attempts to rule the world. A dozen international beauties who have come there seeking cures for allergies have been brainwashed into introducing sterility spores into their respective nations' agricultural products. Bond samples some international love-making but has to escape Piz Gloria by skis when Irma penetrates his disguise and substitutes herself for one of his bedtime companions. Tracy rescues him with her car in Mürren, a skiing village, but Blofeld is so close behind that the couple must escape by skis immediately after Bond proposes marriage. Blofeld's attempt to bury them in an avalanche by exploding a grenade is a failure, but it enables him to kidnap Tracy as bait for a deal with the United Nations: in exchange for abandoning the destruction of the world, Blofeld will receive the title of Count de Bleuchamp in addition to total amnesty for his crimes. When Bond's objections to the plan are ignored by "M," he enlists Draco's help to bomb Blofeld's fortress by helicopter. The attack results in Tracy's rescue, and the final struggle between Bond and Blofeld on a speeding bobsled ends when an over-hanging branch sends the villain to an almost certain death. Bond and Tracy are finally married, but, as they begin their honeymoon, Blofeld and Irma arrive to machine-gun the bride to death. +

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