On Her Majesty's Secret Service - The LS Cut

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service - The LS Cut
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George Lazenby is Ian Fleming's James Bond 007
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Original Release Date:
1969
Original Running Time:
142 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
127 minutes
Time Cut:
15 minutes
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Brief Synopsis:
Ian Fleming’s 007 gets a new lease of life in the form of newcomer George Lazenby, as Bond finds himself on a mission to Switzerland which could lead to the final capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of Spectre. Obtaining the information on Blofeld’s whereabouts however, comes at a cost, particularly when it derives from the head of a European Crime Syndicate, the daughter of whom, becomes part of a deal which will have unforeseen personal consequences for Bond.
Intention:
On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a bonafide classic within the 007 franchise. However, it doesn't mean the film is without its flaws, with the middle section of the film in-particular suffering from pacing problems which keeps Tracy, arguably the best Bond girl of them all (certainly the most important), away from the screen for far too long. The "LS" Cut attempts to fix these pacing problems, tightening the film's narrative in the process and also removing the blatant nods to the Connery era where possible.
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Sophie Welch, TMTYC, Neglify, and anyone who followed the "In the Works" thread on this site.
Release Information:
  • DVD
  • Digital
Special Features
Audio Commentary

Alternate Main Feature audio track (which switches Louis Armstrong's "We Have All the Time in the World" to the main title sequence, and uses an instrumental version of the theme during the Bond/Tracy love montage)

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Cuts and Additions:
- After Bond has stopped Tracy committing suicide, removed the shot of him gently slapping her face to bring her around. Seems more natural that she gradually comes around, especially as she's not unconscious anyway.

- Cut Bond breaking the fourth wall with his line "This never happened to the other fella"

- Inserted Louis Armstrong's "We have all the time in the world" over the start credits (,alternate audio track only - Barry's instrumental theme remains in the primary audio track)

- Trimmed the aftermath of Bond's fight with one of Draco's henchmen, removing the shot where his eyes roll upwards and he passes out. Also removed Bond talking to himself as he exits the room, commenting on the quality of the caviar.

- As Bond is taken to meet Draco, removed the janitor whistling the theme tune to Goldfinger.

- Removed Draco's dialogue "To dominate her... to make love to her enough to make her love him". It always seemed too over the top, even for a Bond film from the 60's.

- Trimmed scene of Bond packing up his desk as he contemplates retirement from the secret service. This is to remove too many blatant attempts at paying tribute to previous Bond movies. Music also replaced with Barry's score from OHMSS.

- Tracy and Bond fall in love montage, replaced Louis Armstrong's vocal "We Have all the time in the world" with Barry's instrumental version, sound effects added (,alternate audio track only - Armstrong's vocal version remains in the primary audio track)

- Streamlined scenes of Capmbell following Bond as he arrives in Switzerland

- Bond's helicopter journey to and subsequent arrival at Blofeld's research laboratory trimmed

- Replaced the "playful" instrumental version of "We Have all the time in the world" as Bond is searching his room for any survelience devices, with a more fitting and slightly tense piece by John Barry

- Substantially shortened the scene between Bond and the Angels of Death in the Alpine Room

- Cut Nancy waiting for Bond in his room. His seducing of Ruby is enough for this movie, particularly as he should really have Tracy on his mind ;)

- Cut Bond and the girls curling, and the scene between Blofeld and Bond. All we have now is Campbell trying to climb to the top of Piz Gloria, only to get caught by Blofeld's guards, albeit unseen (added music during Campbell's ascent)

- Slighty trimmed the sequence where Bond is trying to get back inside (having been caught and locked inside a room which houses the inner-workings of the cable car system), whilst the Angels of Death receive their ever so special christmas presents

- As Bond escapes back to town, have cut down the sequences leading up to his rendezvous with Tracy at the ice rink, including the excising of his fight amongst all those bells with one of Blofeld's men (a good fight scene no doubt, but at this point you're just wanting him to meet up with Tracy again, so let's move things on)

- Stock car rally sequence, very slightly trimmed

- Various cuts made during the attack on Piz Gloria, including the rearranging of a scene where Bond skids across the ice on his belly, fixing a continuity error

- Rearranged the countdown of the planted explosives to make it seem more natural and believable

- Made some cuts to the bobsled chase between Bond and Blofeld, mainly to address the worse uses of front/rear screen projection work

- Cut the use of the James Bond theme during the credits. Coming after such a heartfelt and sad ending to the film, it just doesn't work at all. Replaced with an extended version of the instrumental "We have all the time in the world"
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I have just recently discovered the world of FanEdits and my mind is exploding trying to decide where to start, but when I saw there existed a FanEdit of OHMSS I just HAD to watch it. OHMSS has always been my favorite Bond, yet almost every detail LastSurvivor noted as having cut/changed were small issues that always bugged me. It's like someone reached into my mind and made my dream a reality.

I especially appreciated cutting the campy references to the former Bond movies, those bits tainted an otherwise perfect movie. And I hadn't given Bond's extra trysts much thought before, but those cuts do make his fling less offensive in the face of his pending marriage. I didn't noticed any edits being conspicuous enough to distract from the film; I experienced it as if that were the way it always way. Marvelous job, thank you Last Survivor!

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Watched this for the Christmas season (don't forget that Blofeld's scheme relies on the girls' X-mas presents) after putting it off for some time. I have always said OHMSS is my fav Bond film, so it was hard for me to believe an edit could improve it, but that's exactly what LastSurvivor has done.

I'll leave my thoughts on the film itself for my review here: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/on-her-majestys-secret-service/
Instead I'll focus on what LS has changed. While I do miss most everything that was cut, for the purpose of focusing the film more, they are all good, smart cuts. Honestly, LS probably doesn't go far enough. Several of the Bond sequences could be tightened up a little (like the lawyer's office or escaping the gearhouse) and his romancing the Angels could probably be cut even more. If the goal is to keep him focused on his great love, then including more references to him 'not being interested in women' and then cutting the actual Ruby seduction would be better. I also found the very opening with Q and M to serve no real purpose since Bond won't be using any gadgets and the plot has nothing to do with nuclear lint. Better if it could be cut.

But these are minor quibbles. Most every change here is for the better, including the audio substitutions. The one that I would argue against is making Louis Armstrong's track the title credit song. It's a slow, melancholy track, not at all fitting for starting a Bond adventure. It would be much better to run this vocal version over the end credits, especially after LS has played it several times without the vocals as the love theme. Its melancholy will then be fully "given voice" at the culmination of the film. But at the start, something a little more in line with the sultry women voicing Bond's previous themes would be better. If it's absolutely necessary to switch from the best Bond theme of all time, Barry's OHMSS, then how about his unused song for the film with "Nina" on vocals?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxp-zfMWvMw

All in all, however, no change here is a "bad" change, and everything makes the story more focused. Dare I say it? This replaces the original film for me, despite my wish for an even better v2.0 (with a stereo track?)... well done, LS, and thanks!

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I'll admit, I've always been to two minds with this movie. The overall plot, locations, and action sequences have always been classic Bond for me. But Lazenby as a one-off in the franchise never really gelled as Bond for me, and the pacing has always bugged me. LastSurvivor has fixed this film for me.

The biggest improvement is the trims in the Piz Gloria sequence. It's always been way over-long for me, and far too much dallying around with the angels of death--even for Bond. Now there is just enough for Bond to accomplish his mission goals and the "yep, that's Bond being Bond."

Next is minimizing all the nods back to Connery's movies. Now all I could pick out at glance is the title sequence (no fixing that, and IMHO the worst in the franchise), and the quick shot during him clearing his desk.

The soudtrack changes are more subtle, but work really well. I had forgotten the original, and the changes description reminded me. LastSurvivor's choices work far better than the original release. The use of All the Time in the World was much moe impactful, and not over used.

This is now my preferred version to view.

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It’s hard for me to judge these old Bond films. They suffer from the success of the franchise. Imitated and parodied endlessly; from Austin Powers to even Nolan movies, the tropes now seem completely cliche. That said, I do think this movie gets a bit of bad rap and certainly Lazenby does. It works best when it does its own thing. The relationship between Bond and Tracy works, in no short degree thanks to the chemistry between Lazenby and Rigg. And that is refreshing. The more serious side of Bond works. But it frustratingly seems to want it both ways. And the sillier Bondisms mostly fall flat. The screenplay itself is puzzling. Again, it seems to want to carry on with Bond as if there’s nothing different, but then it contradicts that often. The worst error is leaving Tracy out of the film for the bulk of the middle only to way-too-conveniently emerge for the last act. I admit I’m revisiting this one because we’re heading to the Jungfrau region and Lauterbrunnen valley next month. And that scenery was fantastic. Overall, I feel like I ended up liking this movie less than I remembered. But, as I said at the outset, I think that may be due in large part to the impact of the Bond series overall. It’s probably been more than 30 years since I last watched it.

Given that I don’t have much direct memory of the movie, I have a hard time comparing the edit to the theatrical. But I’ll say the editing was never noticeable for me so Last Survivor again did a terrific job both technically and narratively editing the film. And one thing I do remember that LS has thankfully cut is the fourth wall breaking “other guy” quip. That change alone makes this edit worth it.

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This is better than the original, but I still have major problems with the film. The continuity errors with the last film, Lazenby's terrible performance and Bond cheating on Tracy with no problems with it whatsoever. Oh well, I guess there's only so much you can do.

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