YMMV / On Her Majesty's Secret Service

  • Complete Monster: 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 Bond's new wife on their wedding day.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: John Barry'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 Louis Armstrong song "We Have All the Time in the World" is also great, arguably the most romantic song in the series.
  • Evil Is Cool: 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?
  • Evil Is Sexy: Blofeld to some.
  • Fight Scene Failure: The constant freeze framing, cutaways, accelerations and disconnected grunting sounds during Bond's earlier fist fights are really distracting.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Bond quitting Her Majesty's Secret Service? Just temporary leave. Lazenby (and Peter Hunt) leaving the Bond franchise? That's permanent and ultimately regrettable.
  • Genius Bonus: "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 the title of another Bond movie.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Blofeld's tapes emitted a warning sound that Ruby found irritating.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • It Was His Sled: Tracy dies in the end.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: 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.
  • Love It or Hate It: 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.
  • Magnificent Bastard: 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).
  • Narm Charm: "I have taught you to love chickens!"
    • The man in the polar bear suit that scares Bond while he's evading Bunt and her henchmen.
  • Replacement Scrappy: George Lazenby was considered this for Sean Connery, although most are far kinder to him nowadays with most of the blame having to do with the failures of his agent.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Joanna Lumley is one of the Angels of Death.
    "Of course, I know what he's allergic to..."
  • Values Dissonance:
    • 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 Moral Event Horizon.
    • Draco slaps Tracy unconscious when she refuses to leave without Bond, and commments "Spare the rod and spoil the child, eh?"
  • Vindicated by History: 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.
  • The Weird Al Effect: 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 (During the War, 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.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Tracy.