On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

{4/5} “This never happened to the other fellow.”

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, released in 1969

James Bond is still after Blofeld, but he’s having trouble finding him. He comes across Draco, head of a large crime organization. Draco makes Bond a deal — he’ll find Blofeld if Bond spends time with his daughter. Bond has already met his daughter Tracy, and finds her intriguing.

This is George Lazenby’s only outing as James Bond — he could have done more.

The mountaintop location in Switzerland is still breathtaking.

Only James Bond finds himself at a clinic where all the patients are women.

There’s a fairly sizable plot hole: Why doesn’t Blofeld recognize Bond when he first sees him? In the book they’re meeting for the first time, but the movies were filmed in a different order. And this isn’t a reboot — it’s clearly continuing from the movies starring Sean Connery.

Of the James Bond movies of the 1960s, this one and Goldfinger are the most interesting decades later.

One aspect is remarkable for a James Bond movie — he falls in love and decides to leave the secret service.

Stars Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas. Directed by Peter Hunt (editor on Goldfinger). The music by John Barry is magnificent.

I reviewed the previous movie in the series, You Only Live Twice.

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