On Her Majesty's Secret Service George Lazenby Telly Savalas

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is the sixth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. It is based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Following Sean Connery’s decision to retire from the role after You Only Live Twice, Eon Productions selected an unknown actor and model, George Lazenby, to play the part of James Bond. During the making of the film, Lazenby announced that he would play the role of Bond only once.

In the film, Bond faces Blofeld (Telly Savalas), who is planning to hold the world ransom by the threat of sterilising the world’s food supply through a group of brainwashed “angels of death”. Along the way Bond meets, falls in love with, and eventually marries Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg).

It is the only Bond film to have been directed by Peter R. Hunt, who had served as a film editor and second unit director on previous films in the series. Hunt, along with producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, decided to produce a more realistic film that would follow the novel closely. It was shot in Switzerland, England, and Portugal from October 1968 to May 1969. Although its cinema release was not as lucrative as its predecessor You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was still one of the top performing films of the year. Critical reviews upon release were mixed, but the film’s reputation has improved greatly over time.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service George Lazenby

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Becoming Bond
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Directed by Peter Hunt
Produced by Harry Saltzman, Albert R. Broccoli
Screenplay by Richard Maibaum
Additional dialogue: Simon Raven
Based on On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming
Starring George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Bernard Lee, Gabriele Ferzetti, Ilse Steppat
Music by John Barry
Cinematography Michael Reed
Edited by John Glen
Production company Eon Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date 18 December 1969 (London, premiere)
Running time 142 minutes

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