A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
George Lazenby steps into the role of James Bond and is sent on his first mission. For help with Draco, he must become very close friends with his daughter, Tracy, and heads off to hunt down Ernst Stavro Blofeld one more time. This takes him to Switzerland, where he must pose as Sir Hilary Bray to find out the secret plan of Blofeld. The facility is covered with Blofeld's guards as well as his hench-woman, Irma Bunt. What has Blofeld got in mind this time? Can Bond keep up this act for much longer? Are ANY Bond girls safe? Written by
The German inscription on the wall of Piz Gloria briefly seen during the final battle means "Reconciliation of Nature and Technology". See more »
During the ski chase Bond is pursued closely by three men, two of whom are armed with rifles and one (Gunther) who has only a holstered pistol and ski poles. Towards the end of the ski chase, one of these three skiers flies into a tree about ten feet from the ground and falls in a heap. Gunther calls him an idiot. However, the fallen skier was dressed as Gunther, wearing a pistol and carrying only poles. When the remaining two men follow Bond off a jump, both carrying rifles. However, when they land, only one has a rifle. At this point Gunther crashes into another tree, still carrying only ski poles. See more »
I've been saying for years, sir, that our special equipment is obsolete. And now, computer analysis reveals an entirely new approach: miniaturization. For instance, radioactive lint. When placed in an opponent's pockets, the anti-personnel and location fix seems fairly obvious.
What we want is a location fix on 007.
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JAMES BOND 007 WILL RETURN in "DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER" See more »
Once, at the library, I had a flashback of something my history teacher
told me. "Without Soviet Union, we wouldn't have had a lot of things."
Then, someone mentioned, accurately, that Bond films owe their existence
the hammer and the sickle. Then he said, "Pooh, the Bond FILMS! Read the
BOOKS. They're good stuff. The films are just bunch of women and
So I went to look for Ian Fleming, and the title that caught my eye was
Her Majesty's Secret Service, which is recognized as one of the best books
in the series. I started reading the book. I was surprised at how slow
pace and dark it was, and how Bond wasn't this confident, suave character
who always knows what to do. Sean Connery is not, I repeat, not, Ian
Fleming's James Bond. Of course, he is the best film version of James
but he is too good a suave character to be Bond. I can't imagine a
who'd say "Yeesss" as Connery does.
I must say, more than anyone, George Lazenby is the James Bond of Ian
Fleming's novels. He is like Bond in the books, trying to be smooth but
always somewhat unsure. He has a command of the screen, that he isn't
afraid to tell you he's there. The biggest gripe I have about Pierce
Brosnan is how he sometimes doesn't get a grip of things on set and his
somewhat higher, softer voice (and also how he pumps endless rounds of
automatic fire upon enemies who have a propensity for getting hit while he
himself has to be missed by endless rounds of enemy fire). Lazenby has a
voice that I imagine Bond would certainly have. I certainly don't think
was a bad Bond. I think he WAS Bond. The other four actors have played
their versions of Bond, but Lazenby is the only believable, human,
James Bond. And his lines aren't that bad, come on. The only poorly
delivered line was, "He had lots of guts." I think he should have
that with a bit more Connery, but that's a minor detail.
The stunts are great and so is the scenery, and the only bad cinematics
in the ski scenes when they show closeups from the front. They look very
fake, but that must be forgiven for 1969 when it was made. They did not
have Handicams and they certainly did not have Photoshop to blend
images as well as we can nowadays. But they certainly do not distract the
excitement from some of the best snow scenes in 007 films. The ski chases
which became trademark of James Bond started here. It's funny how in the
book, Bond is very worried about skiing, since he's rusty from not having
skied for a long time. The sled chase is excellent also.
OHMSS is the only film where Bond drinks beer and gets married. Which
brings me up to the next point, that Diana Riggs as Tracy Draco (later
happens to be perhaps the best Bond girl ever. Without doubt, she is full
of excitement and danger, not afraid to strap on a couple of skis amid
gunfire and avalanche. Certainly not a certain Natalya Simonova. She is
Bond's identical counterpart, experienced but having gotten nothing out of
relationships, and quite a driver also. She's the only Bond girl to
connect with the audience, to make herself more important in comparison to
Bond, but that's part of the excellent novel on which the movie is based.
Whatever happens to her touches the audience more than whatever happens to
Bond (who, as we all know, will always somehow make it). Her surprise
appearance at the Christmas celebration brightens up everything in an
instant, and the ending is probably the only genuinely sad scene in all 20
of the Bond films.
The opening scene is great in terms of action, but I found it rather
disappointing that for no apparent reason, baddies want to kill Bond. The
book does it a lot better, and it wouldn't have been much more difficult
do what the book did, although that would not have provided the proper
material to introduce the new Bond with the immortal, "This never happened
to the other fellow." See, how it is told in the novel is he spies on
as she tries to drown herself, and by this time Bond knows her. He is
on by Draco's men who take him in, and the rest of the story is told in
flashback, with a car chase leading up to the casino scene and rendezvous,
without all this fighting mysterious bad guys in between. But I thought
opening sequence was quite good, even with the change-up. It's just, with
what proof does Bond try to rescue Tracy? She could have been just going
out for a swim. It makes much more sense when he has already met Tracy.
Yet some of the additions to the movie are good, such as having Tracy with
Blofeld when SPECTRE headquarters is attacked. It makes it that much more
This is my first review on IMDB, and OHMSS gets a well-deserved 10 out of
10. Bond in kilts, hypnosis, world domination, and Blofeld's cat combine
make it a worthy experience. Lazenby was not the best Bond, but perhaps
only real Bond. OHMSS is easily the best Bond film, and dare I say, the
ONLY Bond film.
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