|“Do not kill me Mr Bond, at least not until we've had a drink ... then if you wish, I'll give you another chance”|
On Her Majesty's Secret Service is one of the most popular James Bond films and features spectacular action scenes set against beautiful European scenery.
George Lazenby steps into the role of Agent 007 and is superb in the portrayal of Bond as characterised in the Ian Fleming novels.
007 utilises the intelligence of crime leader Marc Ange Draco (Ferzetti) in order to determine the whereabouts of the evil head of SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Bond is led to the impressive Piz Gloria set atop the Swiss mountains. Here he discovers Blofeld’s technologically advanced operation set up to destroy strains of plants and animals throughout the world.
Bond encounters many alluring women in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but it is Draco’s daughter, Tracy (Rigg), who he is devoted to. Bond admires Tracy’s independence and spirit of adventure.
George Lazenby James Bond
Diana Rigg Tracy Di Vicenzo
Telly Savalas Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Gabriele Ferzetti Marc Ange Draco
Ilse Steppat Irma Bunt
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
George Baker Sir Hilary Bray
Bernard Lee M
Bernard Horsfall Campbell
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Yuri Borienko Grunther
Angela Scoular Ruby Bartlett
Catherine Schell Nancy
‘Far up! Far out! Far more! James Bond 007 Is back!’
‘We Have All The Time in the World’ by Louis Armstrong
England, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland.
Bond: ‘It's all right. It's quite all right, really. She's having a rest. We'll be going on soon. There's no hurry, you see. We have all the time in the world.’
In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a lady was trying to commit suicide by walking completely dressed into the ocean and drowning. Driving by the coast in his flash Aston Martin DBS, Agent 007 stopped suddenly and ran into the sea to save her from sudden death.
The woman was the undisciplined child of crime magnate Marc Ange Draco and was rather attractive - her name was Teresa di Vicenzo and was called Tracy.
Draco was trying to find a husband to rein in his unruly daughter and had an idea that Bond would be just the person. Although 007 was unconvinced, Draco had a carrot to dangle before Bond - knowledge of the location of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
A Fine Allergy Clinic
With helicopter and cable car the only means of access, Blofeld had created a remote and select allergy clinic high up in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. Agent 007 chose to go and see him disguised as Sir Hilary Bray, an expert in genealogy.
Piz Gloria atop the Schilthorn in Switzerland's Bernese Alps
In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Blofeld’s base was called Piz Gloria and looked like a clinic for allergy treatment. However, all the patients were intriguingly fine-looking women. 007 was able to come across the truth - all the girls were actually being brainwashed into transporting lethal diseases that were being produced in the underground workshops of Piz Gloria.
James Bond, acting as an undercover genealogist from The College of Arms in London, questioned why the clinic was so strongly protected - there were armed guards in and around the complex. Blofeld’s rather wicked second in command, Irma Bunt, advised Bond that the guards were used to protect the institute from spying.
Agent 007 caught sight of Tracy near the water using the telescopic view from a rifle. The weapon was just one of his Aston Martin’s unique qualities - it was stored in the glove box of the vehicle.
James Bond had a fierce run in with some vicious bandits after saving Tracy from drowning in the sea - these thugs were actually working for her father. Tracy was scampering to her car by the time 007 was able to end the struggle. Nevertheless, Bond had the feeling they would see each again in the future.
Marc Ange Draco
Draco was the father of Tracy and chief of the crime organisation known as the Union Corse. He yearned for her to marry a gentleman like 007 and settle down in her life. Draco subsequently came forward with information concerning the major villain, Blofeld.
Gabriele Ferzetti is Marc Ange Draco
When Tracy lost a huge amount at the casino, 007 once more came to her rescue. She was then interested to know why Bond was trying to help her.
The Threat of Blofeld
In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Ernst Stavro Blofeld longed for absolution from previous crimes and for the title of a nobleman. As usual, he would let nothing get in his way to achieve his high objectives.
Blofeld had changed his facial look by using plastic surgery - this included cutting off his earlobes in order to replicate one of the distinguishing features of the early Bleuchamp people.
Angels of Death
Blofeld had been able to produce a germ that caused plants and animals to become infertile. He planned to devastate food supplies around the globe by dispersing the disease via his patients.
Known as his “angels of death”, these were a small number of beautiful women from diverse nations whom he had been able to successfully brainwash.
Upon completion of the allergy programme each patient was given a gift pack that included a special sprayer holding the bacteria and a receiver concealed in a makeup style compact. This was to allow Blofeld to give out orders when the time came.
Noxious Gift Pack for Blofeld's Angels of Death
To determine the intentions of Blofeld, Agent 007 secretly opened a safe owned by the lawyer for Blofeld, by means of an extraordinary device. The safecracker, created by Q, had to be dispensed in a suitcase by crane as it was that bulky - it was one of Bond's most useful gadgets in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
The Crest of a Criminal
Blofeld declared he should hold the prestigious title of Count de Bleuchamp. The Bleuchamp family motto was: “Of the air and soaring”.
In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the lethal germs created by Blofeld were cultivated in-house in purpose built laboratories, deep within Piz Gloria. 007 quickly realised that the planet would be much safer if the entire base was demolished.
The Dramatic Escape
Agent 007 had to flee Piz Gloria quickly when Blofeld discovered his true identity. After managing to escape he was chased by Blofeld’s men in a spectacular down hill ski sequence, before arriving at a small mountain village.
Here he met up with Tracy and together they escaped in her Ford Cougar. After a riveting chase along snowy roads, they spent the night in a hay loft, where Bond later proposed.
Snow Pursuit in Switzerland
Support from Draco
Tracy was apprehended by Blofeld after he set off an avalanche in which Bond was able to escape. Brought to Piz Gloria, Tracy acted as if she enjoyed the sleazy moves from Blofeld whilst waiting to be rescued.
Luckily, 007 and her father, Marc Ange Draco, came to the rescue in quick time. Bond had teamed up with Draco and his special team of men to save Tracy and wipe out Blofeld’s base.
After surviving the battle of Piz Gloria, Blofeld dreamed of retribution after watching Bond destroy his evil intentions, and witnessing Tracy refuse his charming moves. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Blofeld was resolute in taking revenge after hearing the news that Tracy and Bond were going to marry.
Not long after the wedding, Tracy and Bond were driving away on a picturesque coastal road when tragedy struck. A car driven by Blofeld careened past and from the rear seat Irma Bunt opened fire with a machine gun.
Tracy had been cruelly murdered. "We have all the time in the world", 007 then whispered. The ending to On Her Majesty's Secret Service is one of the saddest of the James Bond movie series.
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