On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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"We have all the time in the world..."

The sixth James Bond film, starring George Lazenby in his only appearance[1]. James Bond rescues a beautiful, but emotionally broken countess from committing suicide and her father, the leader of one of Europe's largest organized crime syndicates, asks Bond to woo and marry her in order to help her deal with her issues. Bond points out the ridiculous nature of this idea, but agrees anyway because Draco (The father) has access to information beyond the reach of official organizations and can help him get a lead on the head of SPECTRE, Enrst Stavro Blofeld. Blofeld, meanwhile, has developed a biological agent to induce sterility in plants and animals and potentially wipe out entire species, which he will use if he is not granted amnesty for all past crimes and an official acknowledgement of his claim to French nobility. Easily the most down-to-earth Bond film (except maybe From Russia with Love, Licence to Kill or the 2006 version of Casino Royale), it has a polarizing effect on fans. Some like it for its emotional depth and realism, some hate it for its (admittedly inexperienced) actor and lack of over-the-top theatrics (though others have come to think he did great). One undeniable aspect is that unlike most Bond villains, the Blofeld shown in this film has both a realistic goal and a chillingly realistic plan (albeit, a completely over the top execution of said plan). The film is one of the few where James Bond himself has actual emotional depth as well. There is also a twist Downer Ending that is quite unusual for the series, but sadly, it has fallen victim to casual spoilers.

Tropes used in On Her Majesty's Secret Service include:
  • Action Girl: Diana Rigg as Countess Teresa (Tracy) Di Vincezo. Also a Badass Driver.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plothole / Pragmatic Adaptation: Bond and Blofeld don't seem to recognize each other, even though they met in the previous movie. Even though both being different counts, it happens because the book is set before You Only Live Twice.
    • Originally, it was to be established Bond had plastic surgery done to explain why he doesn't look like Sean Connery anymore.
  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": It's basically known as the movie Bond gets married... but not for long.
  • An Asskicking Christmas
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted. While Blofeld's main plan is an utter failure, he takes perhaps the most horrific revenge on Bond possible.
  • Becoming the Mask: Bond was supposed to seduce Tracy to gain access to her fathers connections (and maybe convince her to stop trying to kill herself), but he ended up growing fond of her for real.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bond and Draco, supported by the hitmen and mercenaries of the Unione Corse, show up in helicopters to do the job that Her Majesty's Government refuses to do.
    • Bond is trapped in the ice-skating rink while SPECTRE mooks search through the crowd. Bond is in despair, expecting to be captured again when suddenly Tracy (whom he last saw in Portugal) appears in front of him, with an ice-modified fast car to get Bond the hell out of there. An impressive achievement for a Bond girl!
  • Biggus Dickus: Complete with "It's true!" when Bond seduced Ruby.
  • Bond One-Liner: Bond gets a particularly brutal one when a mook falls into a large snowblower and gets cut to pieces by it:

"He had lots of guts!"

  • Brainwashed: Blofeld's latest scheme involves turning young women into unwitting bioterrorists.
  • Broken Bird: Tracy is a former drug addict, a recent divorcée and has tragically lost her ill child.
  • Cable Car Action Sequence: Bond's escape from his cell.
  • Call Back: References to Bond's dead wife were made repeatedly in other movies, often cutting off before saying what happened to her; since OHMSS is slightly obscure, quite a lot of people do not know that we actually saw what happened.
    • The cheerful "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown" reappears during Bond's Cable Car Action Sequence as a more suspenseful tune, see below.
  • Car Chase: With stock cars!
  • Cartwright Curse: After marrying Bond Tracy is killed on their honeymoon.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Savvy viewers will just know that eventually someone is going to get thrown into that spiky wall decoration. We aren't disappointed.
  • Continuity Nod: After turning in his resignation Bond goes into his office and pulls out of his desk Honey Ryder's belt and knife, Red Grant's garrote wire wrist watch and his own underwater breathing device. A bit of music from each film plays along with the props' appearances.
    • There's also a janitor whistling "Goldfinger".
    • The opening credits feature clips from all the previous films (none featuring Bond himself, of course).
  • Death by Sex: See Cartwright Curse above.
  • Did Not Do the Research: In-universe. Bond's cover was blown partly because he couldn't get his genealogy facts straight, as Blofeld himself states.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: Blofeld kills Tracy on her and Bond's honeymoon.
  • Downer Ending: See above.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Marc-Ange Draco, head of the Unione Corse, the biggest European crime syndicate, commits murders, extortion, theft, sexual slavery, and many, many other crimes. But he's a good guy because he doesn't sell drugs.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Marc-Ange Draco, head of the Unione Corse, the biggest European crime syndicate (and Tracy's father), agrees to to assist Bond and the entire British Government against the efforts of SPECTRE to gain Bond's help with his daughter. Later, he personally leads an invasion of Blofeld's fortress to rescue Tracy and stop Blofeld's plan to destroy the world's food supply.
  • "Falling in Love" Montage: With Louis Armstrong's "We Have All The Time In The World" in the background.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: A flamethrower is featured in the attack on Piz Gloria fortress.
  • Foreshadowing:

Tracy: People who want to stay alive play it safe.


Draco: "Spare the rod and spoil the child, huh?"