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On Her Majesty's Secret Service was a radio drama adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1963 novel that first aired on May 3, 2014 on the BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4. It was the sixth James Bond radio play produced by the station and starred Toby Stephens as the titular character for the fourth time.[1]

Overview

"James Bond seems more interested in gambling at the Casino Royale than tracking down elusive SPECTRE chief Blofeld. Then he meets Tracy, emotionally disturbed daughter of mafia boss Draco. Now he has a double motive: seek and destroy Blofeld, and prevent Tracy killing herself. Impersonating a College of Arms official Bond infiltrates Blofeld's Swiss mountain-top lair. He learns that Blofeld and aide Irma Bunt are brainwashing young women. Why? Is biological warfare involved? Backed by 'M' and Draco, Bond mounts an air assault. But can he pin down monstrous Blofeld? And what will happen to Tracy?"
― Official BBC promotional blurb.

In 2014 the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service was dramatised for radio by Archie Scottney, directed by Martin Jarvis and produced by Rosalind Ayres; it featured a full cast starring Toby Stephens as James Bond and was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 2:30pm on Saturday 3rd May. It continued the series of Bond radio adaptations featuring Jarvis and Stephens following From Russia, With Love in 2012. While generally faithful to the Fleming original, the Radio 4 version contained some changes to the novel, with the addition of new segue dialogue and familiar EON Productions tropes such as banter between Bond and Moneypenny, and the notable inclusion of the character 'Q'.

Cast

OHMSS Cast (BBC Radio 4)

Toby Stephens with the female members of the cast.

  • James Bond ... Toby Stephens
  • Blofeld ... Alfred Molina
  • Irma Bunt ... Joanna Lumley
  • Draco ... Alex Jennings
  • Tracy ... Lisa Dillon
  • 'M' ... John Standing
  • Moneypenny ... Janie Dee
  • Franklin ... Lloyd Owen
  • 'Q' ... Julian Sands
  • Ruby ... Joanna Cassidy
  • Violet ... Clare Dunne
  • Sally ... Lucy Phelps
  • Anne ... Katherine Manners
  • Kirstie ... Hannah Donaldson
  • Brit ... John Hudson
  • Griffon Or ... Nigel Anthony
  • Sable Basilisk ... Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Hotel Manager ... Jon Glover
  • Consul ... John Baddeley
  • Campbell ... Darren Richardson
  • Fire Captain ... Matthew Wolf
  • Patrolman ... Matthew Wolf
  • Voice of Ian Fleming ... Martin Jarvis

References

  1. Lazarus, Susanna (18 March 2014). Joanna Lumley and her Bond girls kneel before Toby Stephens as 007 (English). Radiotimes. Retrieved on 2016-07-23.

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