YMMV: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

  • 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.
  • It Was His Sled: Tracy dies in the end.
  • Love It or Hate It: This is perhaps the film that viewers liked the least in the Bond series. But of course, there are just as many people who love it...
  • 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).
  • Magnum Opus: To EON and many fans of the series, this is the best Bond film ever made.
  • Narm Charm: "I have taught you to love chickens!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Mook getting minced up in the snowblower during the second ski chase, complete with pink snow.
    Bond: He had a lot of guts....
  • Replacement Scrappy: It's widely considered a good Bond movie... except for the protagonist.
    • Even Lazenby is considered to be Vindicated by History by many fans; lots of Bond and film critics now think he did great, most of the movie's bad reputation now almost solely falling on Lazenby's authentic failure of an agent.
  • Tear Jerker: Miss Moneypenny crying.
    • "We Have All The Time in The World" was reportedly Satchmo's last recording. He died in 1971.note 
    • Tracy's backstory and death.
      • Even worse, after Tracy dies, James is trying for a few moments not to admit that she's dead. His face shows that he knows she's dead, but he just can't say it.
    James: It's alright. It's quite alright, really. She's having a rest. We'll be going on soon. There's no hurry, you see. We have all the time in the world.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • When Draco tells Bond that his daughter "needs a man to dominate her."
    • Draco slaps Tracy unconscious when she refuses to leave without Bond, and commments "Spare the rod and spoil the child, eh?"
  • Vindicated by History: Among fans, anyway. The film was not well received when it was first released (for reasons regarding Lazenby), 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.
    • While the casual moviegoer or average film critic tends to think Goldfinger is the best Bond movie, hardcore Bond fans- and Bond fans who happen to be respected movie critics- have a good chance of listing this film as greatest in the series. That's how vindicated it has become.
    • Even the claims that the film was "not well received when it was first released" are inaccurate. The movie received a number of good reviews on its release. Also, per IMDB, it had made over $87 million worldwide on a $7 million budget as of 1970, making it quite successful financially. It was a step down from the level of You Only Live Twice, but nonetheless, the studio was well compensated for its investment. In terms of overall film and narrative quality, let's just say that time has been much kinder to On Her Majesty's Secret Service than You Only Live Twice, or the so Lighter and Softer that it was practically camp comedy Diamonds Are Forever (often described as a Roger Moore Bond film that just happens to star Sean Connery).
  • 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.