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12 September 2010

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Today we talk about On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the sixth film in the James Bond series. This film is special for all sorts of reasons. First up, it is based upon one of the stongest of the Fleming Novels. Secondly, it has the best of all the soundtracks. The weakest musical link is the christmas carol number at the ice rink and even this works in a Hammer Horror sort of way.

The film was made in 1969. Sean Connery had left and in had stepped George Lazenby as the new Bond. This turned out to be his one and only venture as Bond - but despite reports to the contrary, he doesn't do too bad.

The film is pretty true to the novel, but as you would expect it has been tweaked here and there. Generally the tweaks add to the story. I particularly liked the Bond resignation sequence.

The film has a slow start and the out-dated view of women doesn't age well, but over all once it gets going, it's a good view. Telly Savalas does a great job as the lobe-less Blofeld as does Diana Rigg as Bond's unlucky wife. And yes, some of Lazenby's outfits look like they are straight out of Austin Powers. Groovy Baby! Go buy it!

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