On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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It wasn't as well received at the box office as the pictures that preceded it or followed it, but Peter Hunt's On Her Majesty's Secret Service is one of the finest of the James Bond movies. James Bond, portrayed here by George Lazenby (in his only performance in the role) has spent nearly two years trying to track down Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas), the head of SPECTRE. He has been taken off the case by his chief (Bernard Lee), an action the pushes him to the point of considering resigning from Her Majesty's Secret Service, just as he opens a possible new avenue of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"Film of break-neck physical excitement and stunning visual attractions in which George Lazenby replaced Sean Connery as James Bond."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What are Bond's problems now? They're too numerous, as usual, to hold the constant attention of anyone other than a charter member of Her Majesty's Secret Service."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Artistically, Bond's sixth entry, the only one to star Aussie George Lazenby, is much better than given credit to, though commercially it was one of the weakest."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An odd interruption in the Bond canon that's neither an unsung masterpiece nor an unmitigated disaster. It's half terrific, half terrible -the former most often when George Lazenby shuts up and Peter Hunt's masterful action instincts take over."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Just as entertaining and as visually attractive as the five previous Bond films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Director Peter Hunt manages to inject some life into this 1969 exercise with a wonderful ski chase, but otherwise the film is a bore."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It offers supremely satisfying versions of all the conventions we expect from the series ... and then it does the one thing you don't expect a James Bond movie to do: It breaks your heart."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"[Concentrates] more on the man than the equipment."
‑ , Total Film
"Even hobbled as he is by a character he doesn't entirely get, and Peter Hunt's antagonistic direction, and the film's annoying tendency to remind us of Connery... George azenby puts up a good fight."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Ditching flash in favour of character development, this stylish and energetic entry is one of the best films in the series. Lazenby woz robbed."
‑ , Film4
"The Bond films were bad enough even with the partially ironic performances of Connery."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Even featuring an inferior 007, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a landmark change-of-pace, and an exhilarating and affecting piece of entertainment."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Besides not being a terribly good Bond entry, it's also a poorly made film."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"007 in ski country -- and marriage territory?"
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Certainly no worse than the later Roger Moore efforts and, if only for curiosity value, is well worth a look."
‑ , Empire Magazine
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