Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Look Back At The James Bond Film, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'


Cinemaretro.com offers a look at Joe Dante's Trailers from Hell web site, which presents film editor Mark Goldblatt's tribute to the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. 

Goldblatt provides an insightful and very appreciative analysis of the film and correctly points out that, contrary to popular belief, George Lazenby's only Bond film was indeed a box office success. 

You can watch the video clip via the below link: 

www.cinemaretro.com/index.php?/archives/10395-TRAILERS-FROM-HELL-PRESENTS-ON-HER-MAJESTYS-SECRET-SERVICE.html


On Her Majesty's Secret Service is one of my favorite Ian Fleming novels, and the film is one of my favorite James Bond films. Although it is not a traditional Christmas film, I watch the film every Christmas season, as the film takes place in Switzerland during Christmas.

Considering that George Lazenby had not acted before, and he had to replace the great Sean Connery, I thought he gave a fine performance. He looked like Ian Fleming's Bond and he did the fight and action scenes very well.  I'd rank him as the third best Bond, after Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton.


On Her Majesty's Secret Service  was directed by Peter Hunt, the great editor of the previous Bond films. Hunt was faithful to Fleming's novel and made one of the best Bond films, in my view.

The film also offered Telly Savalas as Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the beautiful Diana Rigg as Tracy, Bond's tragic lover. 

Although I would have preferred a European actor to portray the mad, evil criminal genius, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Telly Salvalas was very good in the role. Salvalas had a great sense of command and madness and I believe he was the best Blofeld in the film series. 
The beautiful and alluring Diana Rigg was also very good as Bond's doomed girlfriend, and briefly, his wife. I loved her in the TV series The Avengers, and I loved as Tracy in this film. 

And John Barry's musical soundtrack is truly outstanding and one of his best.
It is a pity that George Lazenby did not continue in the series, as I believe he would have grown into the role and given Sean Connery a run for his money. And we would have been spared the decade of Bond-lite with Roger Moore portraying a lighthearted, comical Bond. (I loved Roger Moore as The Saint, but I didn't care for his portrayal of Bond).








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