Pros and Cons: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Absolutely_CartAbsolutely_Cart NJ/NYC, United StatesPosts: 1,740MI6 Agent
edited September 2015 in The James Bond Films
Today we take a look at "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (or OHMSS), released in 1969. With Connery leaving, Eon was scrambling and found George Lazenby, an unknown Australian model who looked the part. He lied to Eon about having acting experience, but when they found out, they were so impressed with him that they didn't care. Mid-filming, Lazenby decided that this would be his only movie since he didn't think the Bond series would survive long, due to the influence of the counter-culture promoting a culture of peace. Some people rank this movie as one of the best Bond films while others didn't like it very much.

PROS
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[*]Bond doing espionage as Sir Hilary Brey. Classic! I love it![/*]
[*]Lazenby a believable human Bond who is not too macho or perfect[/*]
[*]The films abandons the tech and the gadgets for a realistic experience[/*]
[*]Has it's own mood and atmosphere, unique to most Bond films[/*]
[*]Blofeld is a much stronger villain here with a unique heinous plan[/*]
[*]The snowy alps are memorable scenery for chases and action scenes [/*]
[*]Tracy is a strong character and the romance/compassion elements work[/*]
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CONS
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[*]Sometimes Lazenby's inexperience in acting shows[/*]
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Overall Thoughts
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[*]This movie is said to be one of the most authentic to Fleming's writing[/*]
[*]Lazenby wasn't an exceptional actor by any means, but he was great for this one. I wouldn't have wanted to see Connery here. Plain and simple, Lazenby was hungry and wanted it more.[/*]
[*]I couldn't have seen Connery thrilled at the sight of a dog wanting to play with him, getting married, or actually caring about people in general.[/*]
[*]Hilary Brey disguise was quite funny.[/*]
[*]Blofeld wasn't too smart in locking James Bond in the gears room.[/*]
[*]Considering the misogyny of the earlier films, OHMSS is a big step up in terms of giving women characters actual strong personalities.[/*]
[*]It was hard to find contemporaries reviews on this. Most of the ones online are in hindsight. Let me know if you found one.[/*]
[*]I'd consider it an overall improvement over You Only Live Twice, even though both are different kind of movies.[/*]
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Comments

  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    No cons for me, it's Number 1 in my book. {[]
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Absolutely_CartAbsolutely_Cart NJ/NYC, United StatesPosts: 1,740MI6 Agent
    The cons of this movie that I put down weren't significant for me. I personally rank it among my favorites.
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    I agree with TP, no Cons for me either -{
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • Absolutely_CartAbsolutely_Cart NJ/NYC, United StatesPosts: 1,740MI6 Agent
    No one taking issue with the movie yet? Where are the Lazenby-haters when you need them?! Lol
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,983Chief of Staff
    Nobody's mentioned the score yet- if this isn't the best, it's second or third. John Barry at his peak.
  • Absolutely_CartAbsolutely_Cart NJ/NYC, United StatesPosts: 1,740MI6 Agent
    I do like the theme song. As a standalone, the theme song is alright, but when you hear it in the chase sequences, it is really good.
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    The Ski Sequence still takes my Breath away -{
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,401Chief of Staff
    Barbel wrote:
    Nobody's mentioned the score yet- if this isn't the best, it's second or third. John Barry at his peak.

    And the score is a MAJOR plus ! My favourite by a country mile -{

    Best movie in the franchise for me too - and I love Lazenby in this film -{
    YNWA 97
  • welshboy78welshboy78 Posts: 10,003MI6 Agent
    edited December 2014
    Always blows my mind that Lazenby decided to pack it in mid-film after he hit the jackpot!! The guy must have really had his ego stroked to do something that stupid in his first film.

    Im guessing since he fluked his way into the role he would have signed whatever contract EON put in front of him and was probably on peanuts???

    Its a shame he never stayed on for a couple or just another, I know he is a bit Marmite but can't imagine OHMSS without him.

    Def one of my faves though don't like the 'other fellow' line

    The soundtrack / score is poss the best in the series also {[]
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  • welshboy78welshboy78 Posts: 10,003MI6 Agent
    Sir Miles wrote:
    Barbel wrote:
    Nobody's mentioned the score yet- if this isn't the best, it's second or third. John Barry at his peak.

    And the score is a MAJOR plus ! My favourite by a country mile -{

    Best movie in the franchise for me too - and I love Lazenby in this film -{

    You beat me to it whilst I was typing!! Thought it was odd the score was not mentioned since its one of the highlights!
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  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,401Chief of Staff
    welshboy78 wrote:
    Im guessing since he fluked his way into the role he would have signed whatever contract EON put in front of him and was probably on peanuts???

    Lazenby was offered a multi-picture deal with an increasing pay packet...I don't think he would have done too badly out of it :))
    YNWA 97
  • welshboy78welshboy78 Posts: 10,003MI6 Agent
    Sir Miles wrote:
    Lazenby was offered a multi-picture deal with an increasing pay packet...I don't think he would have done too badly out of it :))

    Yeah crazy stuff - guess sex, booze & drugs does weird things to ones mind :D

    You kind of feel sorry for him in EONs Everything or Nothing Documentary when he tugs the heart strings but then your swiftly reminded he was a bit of an animal and still has a bit of an ego.
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  • King KamalKing Kamal Posts: 85MI6 Agent
    I think Absolutely Cart has summed everything up perfectly -{
  • HigginsHiggins GermanyPosts: 16,472MI6 Agent
    Barbel wrote:
    Nobody's mentioned the score yet- if this isn't the best, it's second or third. John Barry at his peak.

    OHMSS is great, but I like the ' no-nonsense' parts (Osato Office fight) and the asian elements a bit better, so YOLT is my favorite Barry score.

    I wish that the movie was 1 hour longer - that's the only flaw that I can find with OHMSS -{
    President of the 'Misty Eyes Club'.

    Dalton - the weak and weepy Bond!
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    What if Misty Eyes had played Bond in OHMSS Higgins? :v
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • HigginsHiggins GermanyPosts: 16,472MI6 Agent
    Oh, the Horror! :s
    President of the 'Misty Eyes Club'.

    Dalton - the weak and weepy Bond!
  • Virgil37Virgil37 Posts: 1,200MI6 Agent
    The Ski Sequence still takes my Breath away -{

    Totally agree. I saw OHMSS in Bluray a couple of weeks ago and it's hands down the best ski chase in the whole franchise. Tense, dynamic, realistic...Amazing.
  • AlphaOmegaSinAlphaOmegaSin EnglandPosts: 10,924MI6 Agent
    When Bond is sitting on the Ice Rink, he looks generally knackered and terrified -{
    1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,697MI6 Agent
    To be honest for a first acting job, I thought Lazenby did a fantastic Job. -{
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Virgil37Virgil37 Posts: 1,200MI6 Agent
    The only CON I can think of in OHMSS is that Lazenby's performance is inconsistent. Sometimes he's great, other scenes he's not into it. Meaning, Lazenby nails the key scenes like Bond's proposal to Tracy, Ski Chase (just look at his face when he's killing the henchman with the ski,he means it), Tracy's murder,... In others it's as if he was thinking "well, I'm not going to do this, I want to grow a beard and go to a music festival".

    Also, I think it was a big, big mistake opening with the line "this never happened to the other fella".

    The movie overall is still a pure joy. I hadn't seen it in a long time, and I just watched the movie and read the book back to back. They really captured Ian Fleming's novel.
  • Virgil37Virgil37 Posts: 1,200MI6 Agent
    The only CON I can think of in OHMSS is that Lazenby's performance is inconsistent. Sometimes he's great, other scenes he's not into it. Meaning, Lazenby nails the key scenes like Bond's proposal to Tracy, Ski Chase (just look at his face when he's killing the henchman with the ski,he means it), Tracy's murder,... In others it's as if he was thinking "well, I'm not going to do this, I want to grow a beard and go to a music festival".

    Also, I think it was a big, big mistake opening with the line "this never happened to the other fella".

    The movie overall is still a pure joy. I hadn't seen it in a long time, and I just watched the movie and read the book back to back. They really captured Ian Fleming's novel.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,983Chief of Staff
    Sir Miles wrote:
    welshboy78 wrote:
    Im guessing since he fluked his way into the role he would have signed whatever contract EON put in front of him and was probably on peanuts???

    Lazenby was offered a multi-picture deal with an increasing pay packet...I don't think he would have done too badly out of it :))

    IIRC, Lazenby was paid the same for OHMSS as Connery got for DN.
  • HigginsHiggins GermanyPosts: 16,472MI6 Agent
    But when he was offered the 7 movies deal, the pay would have been significantly better?
    President of the 'Misty Eyes Club'.

    Dalton - the weak and weepy Bond!
  • broadshoulderbroadshoulder Acton, London, UKPosts: 1,363MI6 Agent
    Virgil37 wrote:
    The only CON I can think of in OHMSS is that Lazenby's performance is inconsistent. l.

    I like Laz. But their are bits where he struggled

    He does a good job but there are a couple of scenes where he needs help. Theres a scene with him charging into the room at the end and he has to glance about him. Its look left. Its look right. He needs to be directed more. He hasn't, like Miss Rigg, got that acting experience which carries him through. Peter Hunt should have given him more assistance.

    Laz did well in the movie - but not enough to keep the press from the door. Once they scented blood the press were after him..
    1. For Your Eyes Only 2. The Living Daylights 3 From Russia with Love 4. Casino Royale 5. OHMSS 6. Skyfall
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,983Chief of Staff
    Higgins wrote:
    But when he was offered the 7 movies deal, the pay would have been significantly better?

    Yes, as Sir Miles said. above Lazenby's pay would have increased. It was a good deal.
  • Absolutely_CartAbsolutely_Cart NJ/NYC, United StatesPosts: 1,740MI6 Agent
    7 lazenby movies???? Jeez.

    I jokingly call the movie On Her Lazenby's Secret Service (pronouncing his name wrong).
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,983Chief of Staff
    No moore Bond actor puns to be sean at this tim.
  • HigginsHiggins GermanyPosts: 16,472MI6 Agent
    Barbel wrote:
    tim.

    :o :o :o
    President of the 'Misty Eyes Club'.

    Dalton - the weak and weepy Bond!
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,983Chief of Staff
    :)) did that pierce you?
  • HigginsHiggins GermanyPosts: 16,472MI6 Agent
    :)) like a sting into my balls :D
    President of the 'Misty Eyes Club'.

    Dalton - the weak and weepy Bond!
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