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Published on September 12th, 2019 | by voxx

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

50 Years after the release of one of the most iconic and spectacularly shot Bond films, it seems only fitting to look back on the five decades since Scotsman Sean Connery decided called it quits as Agent 007. It was after the release of ‘You Only Live Twice’ in 1967 that he decided he would “try and do something else”. Connery had played James Bond from 1962, when we were graced with his first adventure, ‘Dr No.’ And with five brilliant Bond films under his belt before bowing out of the franchise, he passed the mantle onto unknown Australian model and one time Bond actor, George Lazenby, who surprisingly had no acting experience prior to this.

In 1968, ‘ On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (‘OHMSS’) was being filmed in different locations across England, Switzerland and France. The cast was shaping up, with Bond’s love interest and new wife, Teresa DiVicenzo (Tracy Bond), and the 3 veteran MI6 crew Members – M, Q and Miss Moneypenny in the names of Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn and Lois Maxwell. Bond’s arch nemesis and head of SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, portrayed by the iconic Telly Savalas, was also cast. Also returning to the mix, veteran Bond composer John Barry composed what would be his sixth Bond film.

There have been lots of rumours and speculations around the hype of 2020’s ‘No Time To Die’ the newly titled 25th 007 outing. Even a similar plot line to ‘OHMSS’ seemed to be in the works, with Lea Seydoux’s return potentially sparking a romantic match with Daniel Craig’s portrayal of Bond. But, we shall see.

- By Oliver Aisthorpe


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