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James Bond 007: ABC’s OHMSS

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Faneditor Name: Blofelds Cat
Tagline: Edited for Television by ABC
Original Movie Title: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Fanedit Type: Movie and Television Preservations
Original Release Date: 1976
Original Running Time: 137 minutes
Fanedit Release Date: 2006
Fanedit Running Time: 142 minutes
Time Added: 5 minutes

Brief Synopsis:
Using a videotape recording of the original 1976 two-part broadcast as a reference source, the ABC OHMSS Preservation Fanedit is a shot-for-shot reproduction of the ABC broadcast which faithfully reproduces all transitions (wipes and dissolves), edit points, censored scenes and/or dialogue.

Intention:
To preserve the first and only professionally-produced ‘re-imagining’ of a James Bond film which has been screened to millions via broadcast television.

Using a videotape recording of the original 1976 two-part broadcast as a reference source, the ABC OHMSS Preservation Fanedit is a shot-for-shot reproduction of the ABC broadcast which faithfully reproduces all transitions (wipes and dissolves), edit points, censored scenes and/or dialogue; includes all passages of narration by the ersatz OO7; and also reproduces the ABC ‘teaser’ for Part 2 (which appears at the end of Part 1) and the recap of Part 1 (which appears at the beginning of Part 2), including the linking narration by OO7.

The ABC version was screened a second, and final time, in 1980. Urban myth suggests that then-Producer, Albert R. Broccoli, saw the 1980 broadcast and was so incensed by it that he ordered the ABC cut destroyed.

Additional Notes:
The ABC OHMSS preservation is a two-disc set (2 x single-layer DVD) which features menu-based navigation and numerous chapter points. Supplementary materials include a 5-page section on the history of the ABC version and a Deleted/Censored scenes section which contains a selection of scenes that were completely removed or were partially censored.

Editing Details:
ABC substantially re-edited the narrative of OHMSS to the point that its structure, for the first half of the ABC version, bears little resemblance to the theatrical version. The ABC version commenced with a scene from the middle of the theatrical version version and presently ‘flashed-back’ to a scene from the beginning, and then flashed-forward once more to the middle; this pattern continued until OO7′s arrival at Piz Gloria at which point the narrative of the ABC version ran in line with the theatrical version (repeating scenes of Bond’s ski escape and the stock car sequence already seen in part 1). Because the first half of the ABC edit resulted in a severely disjointed storyflow, ABC added narration, supposedly the voice of James Bond recounting the adventure, which explained-away the flashbacks.

ABC removed and partially edited some scenes to remove or tone down violence, sexual innuendo or graphic sexual portrayals. The opening scenes from the theatrical version i.e. the Universal Exports sign and the scene between M and Q, is removed entirely.
 
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