On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the tenth novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series, first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape on 1 April The initial and secondary print runs sold out, with over 60, books sold in the first month. Fleming wrote the book in Jamaica whilst the first film in the Eon Productions. On Her Majesty's Secret Service and millions of other books are available for instant access. view . Book 11 of 14 in the James Bond (Original Series) Series . I've been making my way through the Fleming/Bond books for a while now and OHMSS was so fantastic that I started it in the morning and, despite some.
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On Her Majesty's Secret Service book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A Lancia Spyder with its hood down tore past him. On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the tenth James Bond novel—and eleventh book—by Ian Fleming, published in In , it was produced as the sixth. It was a girl driving, a girl with a shocking pink scarf tied round her hair. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (James Bond #11). Cover Image. Book Details.
I won't go into details except to say Blofeld's plot and methods in this book are extremely laughable and not really something I can take seriously.
I found his whole plan - but especially the brainwashing of women regarding farm animals and potatoes to be extremely laughter-inducing. Sorry, Fleming, this just isn't very scary. And that is having sex with a woman and romancing her just so that he can get information from her, even though he has no real romantic interest in her. I know, I know, you think James Bond sleeps with anyone in a skirt - but the reason you think that is because of the movies. In the books he's still a womanizer, but he only has sex with women that he has a certain feeling towards.
No, not lust! But a kind of respect, or admiration, or something. This is the first book where we see him coldly seducing a woman he has no feelings for I'm not talking about Tracy here - and he hates himself for doing it, too. Again, this is one of the things I like about Bond - book Bond. He isn't the kind of callous bastard portrayed in the pre-Craig movies, instead he is quite a three-dimensional character - obviously flawed, but also thoughtful and introspective, with a certain code of honor that doesn't seem to exist in the films where he treats women as disposable objects.
Bond expands on his ideas on money and sneers at being a titled gentleman. Bond is seriously considering retiring from the Secret Service. Bond is seriously considering settling down with one woman.
He is tired of all his affairs and he is sick of being so alone. I wonder at the fact that Bond seems so attracted to a woman who for the first half of the book or so seems to be mired in a deep depression and has a lion's share of problems. Bond often talks about wanting a woman who is 'unburdened,' but like many of the things Bond says, his words belie the truth. He falls for Tracy, and falls hard. She, herself, is smitten with him. Seeing scenes of them interacting together, you can't believe how cute and sweet they are together.
Bond planning his life with her.
She says some cute things which I won't reveal here because they would be spoilers. It's very touching and warms your heart. It's horrifying and Bond's despair is epic. Her death is going to have serious repercussions for Bond's mental health in later books. The reasons this didn't get five stars are: 1. Stupid villain plot and methods. Not a very compelling villain, either. The comment is from Bond's friend view spoiler [and future father-in-law hide spoiler ] Bond is friends with a lot of rapists, but never rapes anyone himself.
At least in the books. I get angrier with his film-self.
Bond kills more men than normal in this book and, of course, falls in love. This is one of the more intense Bond novels. Ian Fleming's writing is still amazing. Here's one I liked: Bond's right hand flashed out and the face of the Rolex disintegrated against the man's jaw. In short, a pretty amazing entry. Could have used a stronger villain and a better evil villain plot, but the rest is superb. You will be tearing up at this one, even though you can't believe you're getting emotional over James Bond.
The book is 10x better than the film. He doesn't generally practice violence against women in the books unless it's absolutely and I mean absolutely necessary. In this movie, he's slapping Tracy in the face repeatedly!!! This is view spoiler [his future wife, okay? Lazenby refused to shave his beard for the Royal Premiere of the film in protest against the Bond producers who he now began to publicly criticize despite the fact that they had given him the very opportunity he had desperately asked of them.
They had given him the role with practically no acting experience other than modeling and brief commercial work. For the instrumental piece of the title song, Barry decided to write a riveting piece of music with a Moog synthesizer motif. Barry said he wanted the audience to forget they had Sean Connery when introducing the new Bond. To do Bondian beyond Bondian. His work on the soundtrack in the title song alone conveys a feeling of daring and resilience.
Maibaum had been unrelenting to the producers that the film not only should feature Bond seeking revenge on Blofeld for the murder of his wife Tracy but also that Peter Hunt should return to direct as well. He made the films move. In the novel was adapted as the sixth film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and was the only film to star George Lazenby as Bond.
The organisation had hijacked two nuclear devices and subsequently blackmailed the western world, as described in Thunderball. He composes a letter of resignation for his superior, M. Whilst composing his letter, Bond encounters a beautiful, suicidal young woman named Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo first on the road and subsequently at the gambling table, where he saves her from a coup de deshonneur by paying the gambling debt she is unable to cover.
The following day Bond follows her and interrupts her attempted suicide, but they are captured by professional henchmen. Tracy is the daughter and only child of Draco who believes the only way to save his daughter from further suicide attempts is for Bond to marry her.
Afterwards Draco uses his contacts to inform Bond that Blofeld is somewhere in Switzerland. Bond returns to England to be given another lead: On the pretext that a genetically-inherited minor physical abnormality a lack of earlobes needs a personal confirmation, Bond impersonates a College of Arms representative, Sir Hilary Bray , to visit Blofeld's lair atop Piz Gloria , where he finally meets Blofeld.
Blofeld has undergone plastic surgery partly to remove his earlobes, but also to disguise himself from the police and security services who are tracking him down. Bond learns Blofeld has been curing a group of young British and Irish women of their livestock and food allergies.
In truth, Blofeld and his aide, Irma Bunt , have been brainwashing them into carrying biological warfare agents back to Britain and Ireland in order to destroy the agricultural economy, upon which post- World War II Britain depends.
Afterward, in a state of total exhaustion, he encounters Tracy. She is in the town at the base of the mountain after being told by her father that Bond may be in the vicinity. Bond is too weak to take on Blofeld's henchmen alone and she helps him escape to the airport.
Smitten by the resourceful, headstrong woman, he proposes marriage and she accepts. Bond then returns to England and works on the plan to capture Blofeld.
Whilst the clinic is destroyed, Blofeld flees down a bobsled run and although Bond gives chase Blofeld escapes. Bond flies to Germany where he marries Tracy.
The two of them drive off on honeymoon and, a few hours later, Blofeld and Bunt drive past, machine gunning them; Tracy is killed in the attack. On Her Majesty's Secret Service contains what the author of "continuation" Bond novels Raymond Benson calls "major revelations" about Bond and his character. The war reference is a method used by Fleming to differentiate good from evil and raises a question about "the distinction between criminality and legality", according to Black. As with all his Bond books, Fleming used events or names from his life in his writing.
The snow cracked behind him and an avalanche came down, catching him at its end: Fleming remembered the incident and it was used for Bond's escape from Piz Gloria.
It was this pseudo-scientific research centre that inspired Blofeld's own centre of Piz Gloria.
The connection between M and the inspiration for his character, Rear Admiral John Godfrey , was made apparent with Bond visiting Quarterdeck, M's home. Rouge Dragon was the title of heraldic researcher Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees who asked Fleming not to use the title in the book; in a play on words, Fleming used Mirrlees's address, a flat in Basil Street, and combined it with a dragon-like creature, a basilisk, to come up with the name.
Fleming also used historical references for some of his names and Marc-Ange Draco's name is based upon that of El Draco , the Spanish nickname for Sir Francis Drake ,  a fact also used by J. Rowling for the naming of her character Draco Malfoy. Fleming's friend Patrick Leigh Fermor pointed out that Pol Roger was the only champagne at the time not to be produced in half-bottles.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service was published on 1 April in the UK as a hardcover edition by publishers Jonathan Cape ;  it was pages long and cost 16 shillings. Writing in The Guardian , critic Anthony Berkeley Cox , writing under the name Francis Iles, noted that the two minor grammatical errors he spotted were "likely to spoil no one's enjoyment"  of the novel as he considered that On Her Majesty's Secret Service was "not only up to Mr.
Fleming's usual level, but perhaps even a bit above it. However, he notes Bond still has his harder side when needed. Richardson also thought that "in reforming Bond Mr. Fleming has reformed his own story-telling which had been getting very loose".
It is better plotted and retains its insane grip until the end". Raymond Mortimer , writing for The Sunday Times , said that "James Bond is what every man would like to be, and what every woman would like between her sheets";  meanwhile the critic for The Times considered that after The Spy Who Loved Me , " On Her Majesty's Secret Service constitutes a substantial, if not quite a complete, recovery.
Fleming is a most compelling story-teller. Writing for The Washington Post , Jerry Doolittle thought that Bond is "still irresistible to women, still handsome in a menacing way, still charming. He has nerves of steel and thews of whipcord",  even if "he's starting to look a little older.
The opposite point of view was taken by Robert Kirsch, writing in the Los Angeles Times , who considered Fleming's work to be a significant point in fiction, saying that the Bond novels "are harbingers of a change in emphasis in fiction which is important.
Comic strip —65 Ian Fleming's novel was adapted as a daily comic strip published in the Daily Express newspaper, and syndicated worldwide; the strip ran for nearly a year, from 29 June to 17 May