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With: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti, Ilse Steppat, Lois Maxwell, George Baker, Bernard Lee, Bernard Horsfall, Desmond Llewelyn, Yuri Borienko, Virginia North, Geoffrey Cheshire, Irvin Allen, Terence Mountain
Written by: Richard Maibaum, Simon Raven, based on a novel by Ian Fleming
Directed by: Peter Hunt
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 142
Date: 12/12/1969

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Bond... George Bond?

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Most Bond fans agree that On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) was based on the best of Ian Fleming's novels, and that the movie comes together fairly well -- with one major exception. George Lazenby seems to have been cast due to a vague resemblance to Sean Connery, but while he lacks Connery's sheer screen presence, he's serviceable in an above-average movie. (It's a little more leisurely, with a little more room to breathe and find some character depth, and it even has a Christmas sequence!) The movie benefits from Diana Rigg as the Bond Girl, and Telly Savalas as Blofeld. This is the one in which Bond actually gets married! Louis Armstrong sings the theme song, "We Have All the Time in the World." Former editor Peter R. Hunt was promoted to director for this one.

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