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  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": It's basically known as the movie where Bond gets married... but not for long.
  • Broken Base: The half of James Bond fans who love the comedic, absurd/surreal style of post-Thunderball Sean Connery films and Roger Moore films tend to feel that this movie, while it has its merits, is brought down by George Lazenby's underwhelming performance and the absence of Q's iconic gadgets. On the other hands, the fans of the more dramatic, grounded approach some films take (especially during Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig's runs) 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 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. It's also much beloved among James Bond forums for being very faithful to Fleming's novel, having one of the best soundtracks in the series, the skiing scene, Telly Savalas' take on Blofeld and the Cruel Twist Ending.
  • 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Despite being one of the most obscure Bond films amongst the general populace, often inaccurately thought to be a financial failure, the producers and EON have gone on the record saying that, if they had to choose one Bond movie to preserve for future generations, it would be OHMSS.
  • Evil Is Cool: Blofeld has a resort full of beautiful women in the Swiss Alps, is able to hold his own against Bond in combat, totally flummoxes England until Bond teams up with Draco, and is played by a suave Telly Savalas. What's not to love?
  • Fight Scene Failure: The constant freeze-framing, cutaways, accelerations and disconnected grunting sounds during Bond's earlier fist fights are really distracting.
    • The green-screening during the ski chase scenes can be noticeable at times. For example, the inconsistent lighting and quality between live-action characters and the scenery, the way they appear to be skiing smoothly on a very rough pist and sometimes they're skiing at a slightly slanted angle compared to the greenscreen footage.
    • The shots of Blofeld trying to remove a grenade from the bottom of his bobsled has the green-screened footage flailing all over the place. It looks like Blofeld's vehicle crashed and is rolling down the track or the person who captured it dropped his camera as he was moving down the track.
  • 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Blofeld plans to hold the world to ransom with a deadly virus. In 2020, the release of No Time to Die was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • This movie starts with Bond threatening to resign from MI6 and ends with his wife Tracy being murdered after their wedding. In Licence to Kill, Bond becomes a Rogue Agent to hunt down Franz Sanchez after the latter tortures Felix Leiter and murders his wife during their honeymoon. Making this worse is that Felix directly references this movie, saying "[James] was married once... but that was a long time ago."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Diana Rigg, at the time, was known for the spy series The Avengers. What's more is that Joanna Lumley is also in this film and she would later star in The New Avengers, a revival of the show, taking Rigg's place.
    • What's more, Lumley would voice Fräulein Bunt in the 2014 radio adaptation of OHMSS.
    • 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.
  • It Was His Sled: Blofeld kills Tracy at 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Blofeld and Fräulein Bunt gunning Tracy down on her wedding day.
  • Narm: George Lazenby's voice being dubbed over by George Baker, who played Sir Hilary Bray, goes on for so long, and the lip-sync is shocking. Why not just dub Lazenby's voice over Baker in his scene?
  • Narm Charm:
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • 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, with most of the movie's bad reputation now almost solely falling on Lazenby's authentic failure of an agent.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Joanna Lumley is one of the Angels of Death. Her distinctive voice can be recognized as she's the one who says of Bond as Sir Hillary "Of course, I know what he's allergic to..."
  • Special Effect Failure: The horrific compositing when the cable car explodes in the climax, made all the worse for being surrounded by tons of amazing practical effects.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Newcomer George Lazenby had his work cut out for him when he had to fill the shoes that Sean Connery had filled in five straight Bond movies that came 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 James Bond film in its own right, if not one of the best.
  • 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. Even Bond gives him an "umm, what?" reaction.
    • Draco slaps Tracy unconscious when she refuses to leave without Bond, and comments "Spare the rod and spoil the child, eh?"
      • To be fair, he was trying to save her life.
    • After the wedding ceremony, Draco tells Tracey to obey her husband and do whatever he tells her to.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • WTH? Casting Agency: The main star himself, George Lazenby, 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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