* BrokenBase: The half of James Bond fans who love the comedic, absurd/surreal style of post-''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' Creator/SeanConnery films and Creator/RogerMoore films tend to feel that this movie, while it has its merits, is brought down by Lazenby's underwhelming performance and the absence of Q's iconic gadgets. On the other hands, the fans of the more dramatic, grounded approach of the Creator/DanielCraig films hail this one as a classic, with some critics even going as far as to call it the best classic Bond film. It should be noted, however, that the latter group contains [[CreatorsFavoriteEpisode most of the EON producers, most of the actors who've played Bond and many prominent critics]], so it's largely a split among casual viewers.
* CompleteMonster: Blofeld undergoes plastic surgery and attempts to swindle his way into a pardon and a noble title, with brainwashed women spreading a bacteria to annihilate the world's agricultural supply. When this fails, Blofeld takes revenge by murdering [[spoiler:Bond's new wife on their wedding day]].
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Music/JohnBarry's atmospheric score, down to the pioneering use of synthesizers.
** The theme song is a rare one without lyrics, allowing it to take on quite a life of its own outside the film (the only other theme that's come close to this kind of success is "Live and Let Die").
** The Music/LouisArmstrong song "We Have All the Time in the World" is also great, arguably the most romantic song in the series.
* EvilIsCool: Blofeld has a resort full of beautiful women in the Swiss Alps, totally flummoxes England until Bond teams up with Draco, and is played by a young and suave Telly Savalas. What's not to love?
* EvilIsSexy: Telly Savalas' Blofeld comes up surprisingly often in the "best-looking Blofeld" conversation - after all, the guy was a bit of a manly sex symbol after ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'', and for modern viewers [[RetroactiveRecognition as Kojak]]. (With all due respect to Donald Pleasance and Charles Gray, they were never exactly known for their sexiness. It wasn't until Creator/ChristophWaltz Savalas got any competition.)
* FightSceneFailure: The constant freeze framing, cutaways, accelerations and disconnected grunting sounds during Bond's earlier fist fights are really distracting.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Bond quitting Her Majesty's Secret Service? Just temporary leave. Lazenby (and Peter Hunt) leaving the Bond franchise? That's permanent and ultimately regrettable.
* GeniusBonus: "Arae et Foci", the Bleuchamp family motto, means "hearth and home". Also, Blofeld loosely translates to ''Bleuchamp'' in French.
** There's an offhand mention at Sir Hillary Bray's home of the (real-life) Bond family motto, "Orbis non sufficit", which is Latin for [[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough the title of another Bond movie]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Here, Creator/DianaRigg is killed right after her wedding. Forty-three years later, she would be at the center of [[Series/GameOfThrones another assassination at a wedding...]]
** Rigg at the time was known for the spy series ''Series/TheAvengers''. What's more is that Creator/JoannaLumley is also in this film and she would later star in a revival of the show in Rigg's place.
** In the book, Tracy's father lives in a shipping container that's driven around all the time. These days, there's a trend in shipping container homes - though they're ''usually'' firmly planted on the ground.
* ItWasHisSled: Tracy dies in the end.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Having Bond actually fall in love and marry one of the many, ''many'' women he has courted on his missions was indeed a bold move for the franchise......Only to see her suddenly killed off in the final moments of the film. Probably a case where it actually worked to the benefit of the series, bringing with it one of the most emotional and human moments from James Bond.
* LoveItOrHateIt: For many this the worst Bond film. On the other hand, it has a large amount who consider it the greatest, which goes to show how strong the divide is.
* MagnificentBastard: This is Blofeld's finest hour. The west is ready to cave in to his demands, and only Bond going rogue and teaming up with a crime lord saves the day. Even then, he still gets his revenge, and it would take 12 years for Bond to get his own revenge (and actually have it stick).
* NarmCharm:
** "I have taught you to love chickens!" - so ridiculous on the face of it, [[FridgeHorror so creepy when you consider what he's actually planning]].
** The man in the polar bear suit that scares Bond while he's evading Bunt and her henchmen.
* ReplacementScrappy: Creator/GeorgeLazenby was considered this for Creator/SeanConnery, although most are far kinder to him nowadays with most of the blame having to do with the failures of his agent.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/JoannaLumley is one of the Angels of Death.
-->''"Of course, I know what he's allergic to..."''
* ToughActToFollow: Newcomer Creator/GeorgeLazenby had his work out for him when he filled the shoes that Sean Connery had filled in five straight Bond movies to come out prior to ''OHMSS''. To this day fans and critics remain divided on whether or not he succeeded, even though it is now generally viewed as a solid film in its own right.
* ValuesDissonance:
** When Draco tells Bond that his daughter "needs a man to dominate her." The line is arguably intended to show Draco as somewhat quaint and old-fashioned, but today it would be a MoralEventHorizon.
** Draco slaps Tracy unconscious when she refuses to leave without Bond, and commments "Spare the rod and spoil the child, eh?"
* VindicatedByHistory: Somewhat. While it was fairly positively received, the complaints over Lazenby overshadowed the movie, but since then many fans of the series regard it as a classic. Also, EON Studios has demonstrated their own love of the film on numerous occasions and hardcore Bond fans, along with respected movie critics- have a good chance of listing ''this'' film as greatest in the series. That's how vindicated it has become.
* TheWeirdAlEffect: The title (originally of the book, of course) is a pun based around the phrase ''On Her Majesty's Service'' or OHMS for short, found on letters from Her Majesty's Government (DuringTheWar, often particularly associated with letters saying that family members had been killed in action). Nowadays the Bond title is better known than the original phrase.
* TheWoobie: Poor, poor Tracy.
* WTHCastingAgency: The main star himself, Creator/GeorgeLazenby, especially considering he had minimal acting experience prior to being cast in the role of James Bond. Fortunately, he has found a respectable following for his role on ''OHMSS'' in the years since.
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