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->''"We have all the time in the world..."''
-->-- '''Film/JamesBond''' or '''Music/LouisArmstrong'''

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The sixth ''Film/JamesBond'' film, starring Creator/GeorgeLazenby in his only appearance[[note]]His contract was for 7 movies, but he left because his manager [[ItWillNeverCatchOn thought spy movies were getting outdated, believing hippy movies were the way to go. After a couple of hippie movie flops, Lazenby finally decided he had enough and fired him[[/note]]]] [[note]]Though, technically, while this was his only appearance in the official Bond movie series, Lazenby played Bond three times - the two others being a cameo appearance in the film "The Return of the Man from UNCLE" and an episode of 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents.'[[/note]]

One morning on the beach, James Bond rescues a beautiful, but [[BrokenBird emotionally shattered]] countess from drowning herself. Her father, the boss of one of Europe's [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters largest organized crime syndicates]], befriends Bond and suggests that he might woo her in order to help her deal with her issues. This is pretty sleazy even for Bond, but he agrees anyway because the mafioso has access to information beyond the reach of official organizations and can help him get a lead on the head of SPECTRE, Enrst Stavro Blofeld ([[TheOtherDarrin played now]] by [[{{Series/Kojak}} Telly Savalas]]). Blofeld, meanwhile, has developed a biological agent to induce sterility in plants and animals and potentially wipe out entire species, which he will put to use if he is not granted amnesty for all past crimes and an official acknowledgement of his bogus claim to nobility.

Easily the most low-key Bond film (along with ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', ''Film/LicenceToKill'' and ''Film/CasinoRoyale''), it has a polarizing effect on fans. It is the only Bond film to be primarily a love story, with Blofeld's biological warfare scheme providing the backdrop. Some like it for its emotional depth and realism, some hate it for its (admittedly inexperienced) actor and ''Film/AustinPowers'' wardrobe (though others have come to think he did great). And then still others love its emotional depth and realism while simultaneously hating Lazenby. The Blofeld shown in this film has both a practical goal and a chillingly plausible plan -- albeit, a completely over the top ''execution'' of said plan ("I have taught you to ''love'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext chickens]]!").

The film took big strides in giving Bond himself [[CharacterDevelopment emotional depth]], a trend continued by [[Creator/TimothyDalton Dalton]] and [[Creator/DanielCraig Craig]]'s Bonds.

There is also a twist DownerEnding and SequelHook that is quite unusual for the series, but which were unfortunately papered over by Connery's return in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', though later it was addressed by Creator/RogerMoore in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Diana Rigg as Countess Teresa (Tracy) Draco Di Vincenzo. Also a BadassDriver and verging on CrazyAwesome.
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole / PragmaticAdaptation: Bond and Blofeld don't seem to recognize each other, even though they met in [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice the previous movie]]. Even though [[TheOtherDarrin both being different]] counts, it happens because [[Literature/OnHerMajestysSecretService the book]] is set before ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.
** Originally, it was to be established Bond had plastic surgery done to explain why he doesn't look like Sean Connery anymore. And other movies establish that Blofeld is ''constantly'' changing his appearance.
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: It's basically known as the movie Bond gets married... but not for long.
* AlmightyJanitor: Josef the clinic receptionist, who is apparently a trained SPECTRE agent as he gives Bond a pretty good fight.
* AnAsskickingChristmas
* AristocratsAreEvil: Blofeld gives them a bad name, though he's not actually a Count.
* TheBadGuyWins: Subverted. While Blofeld's main plan is an utter failure, he takes perhaps the most horrific revenge on Bond possible.
* TheBaroness: Irma Bunt
* BecomingTheMask: Bond was supposed to seduce Tracy to gain access to her fathers connections (and maybe convince her to stop trying to kill herself), but he ended up growing fond of her for real.
* BigDamnHeroes: Bond and Draco, supported by the hitmen and mercenaries of the Unione Corse, show up in [[GunshipRescue helicopters]] [[StormingTheCastle to do the job]] that Her Majesty's Government refuses to do.
** Bond is trapped in the ice-skating rink while SPECTRE mooks search through the crowd. Bond is in despair, expecting to be captured again [[spoiler:when suddenly Tracy (whom he last saw in Portugal) appears in front of him, with an ice-modified fast car to get Bond the hell out of there. An impressive achievement for a Bond girl!]]
* BondOneLiner: Bond gets a particularly brutal one when a mook falls into a large snowblower and gets cut to pieces by it:
-->"He had lots of guts!"
** Interestingly, Bond sends a one-liner Blofeld's way after the bobsled scene only to find out later that he wasn't dead (unfortunately it was probably the worst way possible).
** "Merry Christmas."
* BondVillainStupidity: [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Despite knowing how resourceful and dangerous Bond is]], Blofeld decides to keep him alive as he may "prove useful during the negotiations". Of course Bond soon escapes. This is in stark contrast to Blofeld's attitude in the [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice previous film]] where he killed a beautiful mook [[YouHaveFailedMe for her failure at eliminating Bond.]]
** Justified as Blofeld wants the governments to give him a pardon so he can become a KarmaHoudini. Killing Bond would just make things more tense. He specifically mentions that Bond would be an external witness to his activities to verify his claims that he can actually release a "Virus Omega" and is not merely bluffing.
* BookEnds: Bond and his Aston Martin in Portugal driving down the same road, stopping the car each time for Tracy. The first time, he stops the car to save her from drowning. The second time, they're married, discussing their future when [[spoiler: she's shot to death.]]
** Musically, the beginning of the film when Bond saves Tracy and the end where Bond pursues Blofeld both use similar musical motifs (on the OST, the first track is called "This Never Happened to the Other Fella", while the latter track is called "Bobsled Chase").
* {{Brainwashed}}: Blofeld's latest scheme involves turning young women into unwitting bioterrorists.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The teaser ends with Tracy running away from Bond after he saves her, to which he turns to the camera and says "This never happened to [[SeanConnery the other fellow]]."
* BrickJoke: Blofeld snaps "Idiot!" when one of his mooks ends up in a tree during the chase. The same thing happens to Blofeld.
* BrokenBird: Tracy is a former drug addict, a recent divorcée ''and'' has tragically lost her ill child.
** Her ex died tragically after he ran off on her.
* CableCarActionSequence: Bond's escape from his cell.
* CallBack: References to Bond's dead wife were made repeatedly in other movies, often cutting off before saying what happened to her; since OHMSS is slightly obscure, quite a lot of people do not know that we actually saw what happened.
** The cheerful "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown" reappears during Bond's CableCarActionSequence as a more suspenseful tune, see below.
* CallForward: To ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' when Bond first meets with Sir Hillary. Namely, [[GeniusBonus the Bond family motto]].
* CarChase: With stock cars!
* CartwrightCurse: Delayed till the very end, but still at full force.
* ChekhovsGun: Savvy viewers will just know that eventually someone is going to get thrown into that spiky wall decoration. We aren't disappointed.
* ClarkKenting: Lampshaded.
-->'''Ernst Stavro Blofeld:''' It takes more than a few props to turn 007 into a Herald. ''[breaks Bond's glasses]''
-->'''James Bond:''' It'll take more than cutting off your earlobes, Blofeld, to turn you into a Count.
* ChristmasEpisode: This is the only James Bond movie set at Christmas time.
* ComplexityAddiction: The basic plot of holding the world hostage with a sterility virus is sound (and, for its time, quite original), but brainwashing a cadre of international beauties so that they will unleash the viruses by radio-induced hypnotic command, is just a ''tad'' over the top, don't you think?
* ContinuityNod: After turning in his resignation Bond goes into his office and pulls out of his desk [[Film/DrNo Honey Ryder's belt and knife]], [[Film/FromRussiaWithLove Red Grant's garrote wire wrist watch]] and [[Film/{{Thunderball}} his own underwater breathing device]]. A bit of music from each film plays along with the props' appearances.
** There's also a janitor whistling "Film/{{Goldfinger}}".
** The opening credits feature clips from all the previous films (none featuring Bond himself, of course).
** At the wedding, Draco mentioned a NoodleIncident in [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Fort Knox]].
* CruelTwistEnding
* DarkReprise: Of "We Have All The Time in the World" and "Bond Arrives in Piz Gloria"
* DeathBySex: See CartwrightCurse above.
* DiabolusExMachina: Blofeld's appearance at the end.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Bond holding Tracy's dead body after Irma Bunt shoots her.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: When Tracy recognises her father's voice on the radio from the approaching "[[UsefulNotes/TheRedCross Red Cross]]" helicopters, she immediately starts being nice to Blofeld, who gets annoyed when one of his men tries to draw his attention to them.
* DoubleEntendre: Not just from Bond this time either.
-->'''Tracy''' (whilst fleeing the bad guys in the middle of a stock car race with James in tow): I hope my big end will stand up to this!
* DownerEnding: See above.
* DressHitsFloor: A gender-inverted version with Bond's kilt.
-->'''Ruby:''' "[[GoingCommando It's true!]]"
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Tracy, naturally.
* DrugsAreBad: Marc-Ange Draco, head of the Unione Corse, the biggest European crime syndicate, commits murders, extortion, theft, sexual slavery, and many, many other crimes. But he's a good guy because he doesn't sell drugs.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Tracy went through a lot even before she met Bond, and when she got married it seemed she could finally look forward to a happy life, but then DiabolusExMachina ensued...
* EasilyForgiven: Bond commits a court martial offence in going against orders to attack Blofeld's base at the end and yet no one seems to care. All's well that end's well appears to be the hand wave here, even though Bond was playing with the ''extinction of all life on Earth.''
* EpicMovie: This is one of the most sprawling and operatic of the Bond films.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Marc-Ange Draco, head of the Unione Corse, the biggest European crime syndicate (and Tracy's father), agrees to to assist Bond and the entire British Government against the efforts of SPECTRE to gain Bond's help with his daughter. Later, he personally leads an invasion of Blofeld's fortress to rescue Tracy and stop Blofeld's plan to destroy the world's food supply.
* FallingInLoveMontage: With LouisArmstrong's "We Have All The Time In The World" in the background.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: Used for Tracy's BigDamnHeroes moment.
* FireBreathingWeapon: A flamethrower is featured in the attack on Piz Gloria fortress.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
-->'''Tracy:''' People who want to ''stay alive'' play it safe.
** The OminousMusicBoxTune use of "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown" below.
** In the BondGunBarrel sequence, George Lazenby got on one knee as he fired the gun. Then, the blood that would normally turn everything red wipes him out of the picture as well.
** "Teresa was a saint." [[spoiler:[[{{Tearjerker}} In real life, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was sent to Auschwitz and died a martyr in 1942.]] Tracy died after saving the man she loved.]]
** Meta example: The whole resignation from Her Majesty's Secret Service business would mirror Lazenby's decision to quit the series.
* FriendlyEnemy: M and Draco, at Bond's wedding.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Just a slight stiffness coming on... in the shoulder."
* GirlOfTheWeek: Tracy.
* HairTriggerAvalanche
* HappilyEverBefore: The original ending on the film was Bond and Tracy happily driving off, and the DownerEnding scene was to be the opening scene of the next film.
* HeroicBSOD: Bond at the end of the film.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Blofeld; see GeniusBonus in the YMMV section.
* HollywoodAcid: Bond guns down a lab-coated man who chucks a flask at him, then winces at the smoking hole that's being eaten in the glass door.
* HypocriticalHumor: Bond says "Guns makes me nervous" [[BondOneLiner after shooting a mook]] and taking his pistol off him.
* ImpostorForgotOneDetail: The College of Arms was located in St. Anna's Kirche, not in the Habsburg cathedral.
* InterruptedSuicide: Tracy was about to drown herself, but Bond found her in time.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: Occurs because JohnBarry didn't think the title could fit in a lyric.
** Admittedly, there aren't many words that rhyme with "Service". Besides "nervous."
* IronicEcho: "We Have All The Time In The World"
* JustBetweenYouAndMe
* KarmaHoudini: Irma Bunt is the person who actually kills Tracy and she is never seen again in this or any other Bond film, which means that the murderer of Bond's wife got away with it completely. A case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, the actress Ilse Steppat died mere days after the film's release. The comics ultimately rectified this, by having her show up again and be killed off.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "This never happened to [[SeanConnery the OTHER fellow]]."
** DoubleEntendre: He could be referring to Prince Charming, what with the shoes.
* LoveEpiphany: After Tracy saves Bond's life from the [=SPECTRE=] agents who were pursuing him, he realizes that he really does love her and proposes.
* MaleGaze: When Tracy first appears in Switzerland, the camera pans up her legs.
* ManInAKilt
* MacGyvering: Bond does this at least twice at Piz Gloria.
** He uses a document clip, an eraser folded in half and the brass edge from a ruler to open his electric room door.
*** Later, one of Blofeld's patients used a emery board (non-metallic nail file) to sneak into ''his'' room.
** After his cover was blown and he was locked up in a machine room, he pulls out his pant pockets, tearing them off to improvise a pair of gloves that would allow him to grip the cable car lines, aiding in his escape.
* MistakenForGay: Bond, when impersonating Sir Hilary Bray. PlayedForLaughs, as Bond is still up to his Casanova antics.
--> '''I know what he's allergic to.'''
* MoodWhiplash: The last ten minutes. Made more jarring by the soundtrack, which changes abruptly from a sad reprise of "We Have All The Time in the World" to a loud, brassy version of "The James Bond Theme".
* MoralDissonance: Bond is falling in love with Tracy throughout the film, but this does not stop him from sleeping with multiple women, one after the other, [[WhatTheHellHero when he knows they are being experimented upon and brainwashed]].
** He doesn't actually fall for Tracy until after that. And he doesn't ''really'' know they are being brainwashed, though obviously he's suspicious of the (voluntary) hypnotism, which he only finds out about after he starts sleeping with them. [[AManIsNotAVirgin And being Bond, it was obviously too late by then.]]
** Also, the hypnotism might not have affected that part of their personality.
** One other explanation: Bond sleeping with the girls is in the line of duty, something that has to be done to complete his mission. With Tracy, he's clearly in love.
* NoOneCouldHaveSurvivedThat: Blofeld gets his neck tangled in a branch at 45 mph, complete with a shot of his lifeless legs dangling in mid-air (bringing an execution to mind). He later reappears in a neck brace. Oops.
* NoodleIncident: Draco lost a few of his henchmen in [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Fort Knox.]]
* OhCrap: During the final bobsled chase, Blofeld drops an active grenade intended for Bond and desperately struggles to get it out. He ''barely'' manages to grab it and toss it out in time.
** Bond, when Irma Bunt catches on to him and his escapades.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: The first few notes of "Do You Know Where Christmas Trees are Grown" (a cheerful song that played in the background earlier) [[CallBack can be heard]] in a tense scene after 007 is locked in a cable car machine room. It foreshadows Blofeld's gift of a music box to the girls.
** A rendition of the Bond theme's melody is played by an eerie synthesized music box during the gun barrel sequence.
* OnlyOneName: Fräulein Bunt refuses to let the patients reveal their full names, claiming clinic rules. Ruby Bartlett tells "Hilly" her name anyway when they're alone.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: It is not particularly bad, but Bond occasionally slips into Australian in his vowel sounds.
* OutOfCharacterMoment:
** Bond initially refuses to sleep with Tracy at the casino.
** Later, after escaping Piz Gloria and trying to stay one step ahead of Blofeld's men, he's startled by the sight of a [[PeopleInRubberSuits man dressed up as a bear.]]
** Finally, he refuses Draco's dowry. Justified as he married Tracy for love.
* OvertOperative: Averted by Bond adopting the secret identity of "Sir Hilary Bray," complete with hobbies, personal foibles, insecurities and professional experience.
* ParallelPornTitles: ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' had an illicit porn operation with a tape called "On Her Majesty's Secret Cervix".
* PercussivePrevention: During the StormingTheCastle scene, Tracy's father knocks her out when she refuses to leave without James.
-->'''Draco:''' "Spare the rod and spoil the child, huh?"
* PornStash: One of several important documents in a Swiss banker's office is ''{{Playboy}}''. Bond, the cold-hearted bastard, steals it and reads it out of the office.
** If you look closely, you'll see that Bond didn't steal the entire magazine - only the centerfold.
* PrettyInMink: Several, including a red fox coat Tracy wears.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler: Poor Tracy...]]
* RealMenDontCry: Bond is perfectly -- indeed, creepily -- calm in the final frame. Lazenby wanted to do some real emotional ''acting'', but the director insisted that Bond, a trained killer, is basically dead inside and can't shed a tear even if he wishes.
** Though if you listen carefully, when Bond turns away and holds Tracy's body close, you can hear him softly weeping just before the "The End" appears on the screen.
* RedundantRescue: She still needs help to get out of the complex, but when the BigDamnHeroes arrive at the end [[spoiler:Tracy has killed the man guarding her and just needs a ride home]]
* RedRightHand: To impersonate the Count of Bleauchamp, Blofeld [[spoiler:cuts offs his own earlobes. [[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough Sound familiar?]]]]
* SacrificialLion: Tracy and Bond's ally Campbell.
* SameLanguageDub: When Bond is passing as Sir Hilary, Hilary's actor is heard instead of Lazenby. Also, Draco is dubbed (by David [=DeKeyser=]) since the actor had a strong Italian accent.
** Joanna Lumley, who played one of Blofeld's girls, reportedly dubbed some voices in different accents to complement some of her castmates' voices.
** Nikki van der Zyl also dubbed some voices, as she's done in other Bond films.
* ScareChord: Used when Bond's cover is blown.
* SceneryPorn: A pretty good portion of the movie takes place high in the Swiss Alps. This goes without saying. The helicopter ride to Piz Gloria in particular is a feast for the eyes.
* SexEqualsLove: [[ValuesDissonance Draco encourages Bond to seduce his daughter because he feels that she needs love and a husband]].
* {{Sexophone}}: The Piz Gloria girls' Leitmotiv.
* SoHappyTogether: Tracy and Bond's wedding and honeymoon drive, before her murder.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The cheery Christmas music playing in the village below as a mook falls screaming to his death. Later Bond is hunted through that same village.
* StealthInsult: Sir Hillary, er, Bond tells Irma Bunt her name is a naval term for the baggy or swollen part of a sail. "Nothing personal, of course."
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Originally planned for [[spoiler:Tracy]], but changed at the last minute to keep the plot condensed.
* TheSyndicate: The Unione Corse, Europe's largest criminal organization and where Bond can turn when his own government will not give him the support he needs.
* TenMinuteRetirement: We dare you, ''dare you'', to guess the circumstances of ''this'' one!
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Subverted. Draco asks Bond to seduce and marry his daughter in order to help her deal with her suicidal tendencies and crushing emotional trauma, but Bond points out that that is a ridiculous idea and she needs treatment and a psychiatrist, not sex. [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubverted Then Bond does it anyway because Draco is offering information on Blofeld]]]]
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Bond's introduction to Draco had 007 throw a knife that conveniently hit a calendar on September 13th.
-->'''Draco:''' But today's the fourteenth, Commander.
-->'''Bond:''' I'm superstitious.
* TitleDrop: "Her majesty's secret service" is said twice, but never the full title. ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' is dropped thirty years early.
* TitleMontage: Various clips from the five previous Bond movies can be seen during the intro sequence.
* TookALevelInBadass: Perhaps in light of Telly Savalas' [[KellysHeroes previous experience]] in action and [[TheDirtyDozen war films]] Blofeld, as played by him, is shown less as the seated, cat-stroking SmugSnake as in previous (and later) films. Here he's a brute, plain and simple. He is shown on skis chasing Bond himself once he escapes from the Piz Gloria, setting off an avalanche, and being pretty much an expert bobsledder.
** Arguably, Bond is more willing to put up a fight than before. Some of his hand-to-hand combat in this film is positively vicious, such as when he [[spoiler: clearly beats one of Blofeld's mooks to death during his escape from Piz Gloria]].
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Each of Blofeld's "patients" could only eat one and only one kind of food as part of their treatment: chicken for Ruby; flatbread for the Indian girl, [[UnfortunateImplications bananas for the Jamaican girl]] which she ate seductively; and so on.
** Draco drank Campari, Bond [[RunningGag his vodka martini]].
* VillainExitStageLeft: [[spoiler: The only Bond film to date in which both the main villain and his chief henchman (or henchwoman, in this case) escape alive, with the two roaring away after assassinating Bond's new wife. Bond is too shocked and grief-stricken to give chase.]]
* VillanousValour: This Blofeld does lead his men in battle from the front and is not afraid to get in the fighting himself. Of course he is played by Telly Savalas.
* YankTheDogsChain: Bond [[spoiler: losing his new bride Tracy]].
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