On Her Majesty's Secret Service (soundtrack)

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Soundtrack album by John Barry
Released 1969
Recorded October 1969
Label EMI
Producer Phil Ramone
John Barry chronology
The Lion in Winter
(1968)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
(1969)
Diamonds Are Forever
(1971)
James Bond soundtrack chronology
You Only Live Twice
(1967)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
(1969)
Diamonds Are Forever
(1971)
Singles from On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  1. "We Have All the Time in the World"
    Released: 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

On Her Majesty's Secret Service ("OHMSS") is the soundtrack for the sixth James Bond film of the same name.

The soundtrack to this film was composed, arranged, and conducted by John Barry; it was his fifth successive Bond film.

The opening theme proved a challenge; the convention was to include the film's title in the opening song's lyrics; the film became the first in the series since From Russia with Love to deviate from this rule. Barry felt it would be difficult to compose a theme song containing the title "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" unless it was written operatically, in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan. Leslie Bricusse had considered lyrics for the title song[2] but director Peter R. Hunt allowed an instrumental title theme in the tradition of the first two Bond films. (Though From Russia with Love had a song at the end, played by Matt Munro) The track is notable for its incorporation of the Moog synthesizer in its recurring bassline. Its distinctive sound would become a mainstay of soundtracks in the 1970s.

The theme, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", is used in the film as an action theme alternate to Monty Norman's "James Bond Theme", as is the case with Barry's previous "007" theme. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was remixed in 1997 by the Propellerheads for the Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project album. Barry-orchestrator Nic Raine recorded an arrangement of the escape from Piz Gloria sequence and it was featured as a theme in the trailers for Pixar's 2004 animated film The Incredibles.

Norman's "James Bond Theme", first played in Dr. No, was heard for the last time in a Bond film to date. The 1962 version was used throughout Sean Connery's tenure from 1962 to 1967. Since then, the Bond theme has been rearranged in many ways after On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Barry also composed the love song "We Have All the Time in the World" sung by Louis Armstrong. With lyrics by Burt Bacharach's regular lyricist Hal David, it is heard during the Bond–Tracy courtship montage, bridging Draco's birthday party in Portugal and Bond's burglary of the Gebrüder Gumbold law office in Bern, Switzerland. "We Have All the Time in the World" is often mistakenly referred to as the opening credits theme. It was Armstrong's last recorded song (he died of a heart attack two years later.). At the time, the song barely made an impact on the charts. Years later though, it became very well known, thanks largely to its use in a Guinness advertising campaign, and is now considered among the finest of Barry's songs for the franchise. A second song, "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" also features in the film, performed by Danish singer Nina, being included to underscore several scenes.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "We Have All the Time in the World" – Louis Armstrong
  2. "This Never Happened to the Other Feller"[A]
  3. "Try"
  4. "Ski Chase"
  5. "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" – Nina
  6. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Main Title)"
  7. "Journey to Blofeld's Hideaway"
  8. "We Have All the Time in the World (Instrumental)"
  9. "Over and Out"
  10. "Battle at Piz Gloria"
  11. "We Have All the Time in the World/James Bond Theme"
  12. "Journey to Draco's Hideaway"
  13. "Bond and Draco"[A]
  14. "Gumbold's Safe"
  15. "Bond Settles In"
  16. "Bond Meets the Girls"
  17. "Dusk at Piz Gloria"
  18. "Sir Hilary's Night Out (Who Will Buy My Yesterdays?)"
  19. "Blofeld's Plot"
  20. "Escape from Piz Gloria"
  21. "Bobsled Chase"


  1. ^ a b contains the "James Bond Theme", originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack


In 2003, the soundtrack was re-released with additional tracks (tracks 12 to 21); the liner notes state that these additional tracks contain "previously unreleased music within cue". Due to legal reasons, the additional tracks were placed after the tracks making up the original soundtrack. In both the original soundtrack and its re-release, the tracks are not in the chronological order in which they occur in the film.

Track listing (in chronological order, as they appear in the film)[edit]

  1. "This Never Happened to the Other Feller"
  2. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Main Title)"
  3. "Try"
  4. "We Have All the Time in the World (Instrumental)"
  5. "Journey to Draco's Hideaway"
  6. Bond And Draco
  7. "We Have All the Time in the World" – Louis Armstrong
  8. "Gumbold's Safe"
  9. "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" – Nina
  10. "Journey to Blofeld's Hideaway"
  11. "Bond Settles In"
  12. "Bond Meets the Girls"
  13. "Dusk at Piz Gloria"
  14. "Sir Hilary's Night Out (Who Will Buy My Yesterdays?)"
  15. "Blofeld's Plot"
  16. "Escape from Piz Gloria"
  17. "Ski Chase"
  18. "Over and Out"
  19. "Battle at Piz Gloria"[A]
  20. "Bobsled Chase"
  21. "We Have All the Time in the World/James Bond Theme"
  1. ^ In the movie, the first half of the track does not appear, and The James Bond Theme, the original Monty Norman and John Barry's arrangement from Dr. No, plays instead

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "Goldfinger – The Reunion | Event Information". Bondstars.com. Retrieved 4 March 2012.