Sunday, February 10, 2008

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

We watched On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Released in 1969, this is the sixth film in the James Bond Series. It is the only film in the series to star George Lazenby as MI6 secret agent James Bond, 007. Adapted from Ian Fleming's 1963 novel of the same name, the movie very closely follows the book.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service was originally to have followed Goldfinger, and early prints of that film even announced this. Later, it was earmarked to follow Thunderball but ultimately ended up following You Only Live Twice. As a result, there are several continuity errors. For example, neither Bond nor Blofeld recognize each other, despite having met face-to-face in the previous film.

In the film, Bond faces Blofeld, who is planning on unleashing a plague to sterilize the world's plants and animals through a group of brainwashed women unless his demands are met. Along the way, Bond meets, falls in love with, and eventually marries Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo.

In addition to George Lazenby as James Bond, the film stars Diana Rigg as Tracy di Vicenzo and Telly Savalas as Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Blofeld's lair is the most visually impressive part of the movie. These scenes were filmed at Piz Gloria. This is a revolving restaurant on top of the Schilthorn near Mürren in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

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