James Bond: From Worst to Best – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

This is probably most people’s least favorite Bond film, but I believe it’s more their least favorite person who played 007. While George Lazenby was certainly no actor, he did just fine in his one-off playing the character when MGM called Sean Connery’s bluff. They had to do a film without him and they needed at least someone who looked the part. Well, Lazenby certainly did look the part and I don’t think he’s particularly bad in the role. However, I do think he benefits from one of the best scripts of the franchise. Most fans of the series probably remember this one as “the one where Bond gets married” or “the one where Bond wears a kilt,” but it really is a lot more than that, even though the love story here is one of the film’s strongest aspects. There is great action, impressive stunts, an involving story, and great characters.

Telly Savalas plays Blofeld here and is actually pretty fun, even if his plan is ludicrous…something about allergies and germ warfare. But like I have said many times, James Bond + snow = awesome. There are some jaw-dropping sequences featuring 007 on skis here and they are extremely well shot. You really feel the speed of these guys barreling down a mountain, especially in the sequence where Bond chases Blofeld on a bobsled track. Director Peter Hunt was the editor on the first three Bond films, but he only directed this installment, which is really too bad because it’s a great one. I would like to have seen what he would have done with the next one, Diamonds are Forever.  on-her-majestys-secret-service-still-2

I mentioned briefly that the love story in this film is effective, which is saying something for this franchise, with Bond’s relationship with Tracy (Diana Rigg) being the most believable and heartfelt relationship Bond has all the way up until Daniel Craig took over. Each scene with them is pretty great as Lazenby & Rigg have a real chemistry together, with the final moments of the film absolutely heartbreaking. It’s a strange note for a Bond flick to end on, but they really are trying to tell a full story here. If you have avoided this one because it’s not one of the more popular installments, or because it doesn’t feature one of the popular Bond actors…give it a shot. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, it’s a good deal of fun.

Worst to Best so far:
24. Live & Let Die
23. The Man with the Golden Gun
22. A View to a Kill
21. Die Another Day
20. Octopussy
19. Moonraker
18. Diamonds are Forever
17. Quantum of Solace
16. Licence to Kill
15. The World is Not Enough
14. You Only Live Twice
13. For Your Eyes Only
12. The Living Daylights
11. Thunderball
10. Tomorrow Never Dies
8. The Spy Who Loved Me
7. Dr. No
6. From Russia with Love
5. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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