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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Film Review (1969) – A Unique Bond

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(This is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service film review, which is the only Bond film where the actor played the role once)

James Bond, the man who has fascinated us on the silver screen for decades, has always been starred by multiple actors. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, though, is the only one where the actor played the role only once.

It is directed by the same director Peter R. Hunt and starred George Lazenby, Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas. Without further ado, let’s take a look back at this unique bond films in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service film review below!

 

Premise

When James Bond rescued a woman who tried to commit suicide, little did he expect that it would lead him down a path of romance as well as danger with a new type of enemy. Could he survive both ordeals?

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A new James Bond!

 

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Film Review

Premise

The premise of Bond’s films have never strayed far from a certain formula. Thus, this makes them pretty predictable in how the story flows. This film does follow the formula for half the time, however, it does present some new twists that are not seen in other Bond films. For one, the romance in this film actually leads to something, instead of the Bond girl leaving after a one night stand. It presents a James Bond that seems to be more rooted to reality, and to show his side of humanity which is the same as everybody else.

It presents a James Bond that seems to be more rooted to reality

The story presents the usual meeting with Bond girl, and then a new mission assigned, and finally with the antagonist of a certain evil organisation introduced in the middle. I must say it has both pros and cons. Most people who come to watch 007 is here for the action, and then romance and finally the story. Thus if you expect to see some great twists to the premise, then you will be disappointed, for the film will focus much more on the actions and the seducing sequences. But if you are here to watch a true Spy Action flick, then this film may just be your cup of tea.

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Ahhh love~

 

Pacing/CGI

Pacing is pretty decent with the usual formula of romance then action then romance etc. It never gets boring, but it also doesn’t feel as fresh once you have gotten used to it. As for CGI, it’s pretty great for its time, but it has aged badly if you judge it by today’s standards. There are many scenes where the Green Screen usage is very obvious, and the way some scenes are cut it will look out of place in the modern cinematography world. I am even amazed some cuts are not smooth and fade in transition are used for certain cuts of the same scenes. But remember, during the time it was released, such method is commonly employed, and this features one of the best of the bunch.

 

Characters

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The different Bond girl!

 

James Bond is more of a charismatic man that seems to just enjoy doing stuff his own way. He is more of a romantic, and not the serious type that is portrayed by Daniel Craig. The character personality fits the image of how 007 should look and behave. There are not much character growth as the film focuses much more on action and romances scenes,thus this portion will be short.

I do have to say that the Bond girl this time is pretty unique and actually affect the story a whole lot more than other Bond girls. I like her personality that somehow fits well with 007, and her existence itself represent something that 007 lacks in other Bond films. I can emphatise with her a bit, and her scenes with 007 are pretty great as well. As for the antagonists, it’s just decent common of the mill big bad boss, though this antagonist has always been parodied due to his unique look and demeanour.

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That memorable hair!

Soundtrack

The soundtrack are the decent James Bond theme and that’s it basically.

 

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Film Review (1969) – A Unique Bond
Story
Pacing/CGI
Characters
Soundtrack
Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Great Action sequences
Memorable Antagonists due to his look
An impactful Bond girl
Decent pacing
Introduce some fresh twists to the formula
What's bad
Obvious Green Screen scenes
Story still follows the formula mostly
3.7
Pretty Good!
A unique classic Bond film!
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service shows a different Bond that feels more like a normal human wanting to live a normal life. For it’s time, it’s definitely one of the better Bond films out there!
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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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