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
Fanedit Release Date:
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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Special Thanks:
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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Good movie. I like you cut the undercover part & the middle of the movie it was a little slow originally. Also the music title & song you change or play the same music is neat. It's good you took out the bad joke the other fella out. The guy in the race car derby they used upside down footage again, I noticed you took it off was nice. I liked you blow up the the picture and cut the dialogue when Bond was talking to Draco. That did not looked to easy to do. The audio, edit, Visual & commentary is great. I like the commentary when you explain what or how about the movie. I enjoy seeing it during the holidays since the movie is the holidays time. I recommend this movie. Keep up the good work.

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OHMSS will never not feel like an outlier in the 007 canon for reasons beyond it being Lazenby's sole outing. The most classically tragic of the classic Bond films, the cliched recurring fan phrase about OHMSS has always been "it would be the perfect Bond movie if only Connery had been in it." While that may or may not be true (it's hard to picture Connery's blithe sociopath ever contemplating settling down), this edit is the next best thing, fixing many problematic moments/lines and tightening up the pace of the movie considerably, giving Diana Rigg's monumental turn as the ultimate Bond gal the showcase it deserves. LS' edit doesn't feel like a whole new movie, but it's a considerably better paced one, and a fitting addition to one's collection of Bond fan edits.

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Watched with audio track maintaining original title theme and unchanged "We Have All the Time in the World".

Already one of my favourite Bond films despite its flaws, this edit on the whole is just a more polished product than the original theatrical release, the major exception of course being the ending music. No longer is the viewer suddenly jolted by the sudden appearance of the triumphant Bond theme over the shot of the bullet-holed windscreen, the sound now matches the visuals and maintains the mood of the ending.

Video and audio quality great, noticed no ugly cuts or errors. Definitely replaces the theatrical cut for me and would be the version I'd show to newcomers.

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I'm coming late to the party on this one, however, better late than never.

I am also one of those that has over the years has increasingly come to really like this Bond. In fact, it is in my top 5 for many reasons.

The removal of what today would be regarded as fan service or purile elements, elevates this outing and makes it the serious romp it should always have been. Those knowing "to camera" moments were excruciating then, and now just awful. GONE. More vitally IMO, the trims to some of the either overlong exchanges and chases, mean that nothing outstays its welcome and agredious elements are for the most part, consined to the fanediting cutting room virtual floor.

This is now a more balanced and refined Bond overall, and although we can never resolve the issue of Geroge Baker looping Lazenby's dialogue while undercover issue, I can't mark this down for that since it is inherent to the material...(are you reading this reviewers who do that....it's not fair or logical).

What LastSurvivor has done is pushed this into the top 3 for me. It is the go to version, and already burnt to BluRay and inserted into that big ol' Book like release for the 50th Anniversay (I hope the cardboard holds up).

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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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