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Cocktails And Movies Take Out Theater: “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”

This week: Cocktails and Movies highlights a rare masterpiece in the Bond canon

BY MIKE REYES

Welcome back to another edition of Cocktails and Movies’ “Take Out Theater” column. In fact, it’s our last installment before we kick over into full blown Holiday Mode. Originally, we wanted to run this column last week, but some last minute snags delayed us from going forward. Still, there’s never a bad time to enjoy a James Bond flick, especially one as severely underrated as this. This week’s Take Out Theater is a favorite of Steven Soderbergh and Christopher Nolan both, and is in my opinion the best classic Bond film, if not the best Bond film ever.

The Film 

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Directed By: Peter Hunt
Year Released: 1969
Starring: George Lazenby, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Diana Rigg, and Telly Savalas
Rating: PG
Runtime: 142 Minutes
Studio: MGM/United Artists

After saving a random damsel in distress on a beach, James Bond (Lazenby) is sent on assignment to stop his most dangerous arch rival: Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Attempting to claim a title of nobility, Blofeld will stop at nothing to secure his supposedly rightful title. Bond’s mission is to uncover Blofeld’s evil plot and thwart it where necessary. As if that wasn’t enough, 007 will also have to find a way out of an arranged marriage to Contessa Teresa “Tracey”  di Vincenzo (Rigg)… a marriage her father was adamant to set up in exchange for divulging Blofeld’s location.