Joel's 100 Films in 2015: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
7. On Her Majesty's Secret Service watched on 1/11/15 As I'm working my way through the Bond films again, it's finally time to see something for the first time. I understand that for many people it's their least favorite Bond, but the opening scene has better choreographed and performed fights than all of the Connery Bond films so far combined.
There are a million daring choices made here in the first EON Bond production without Sean Connery. It seems pretty clear that the company decided that if the main attraction was going to change, why not try lots of new things?
Some work, some definitely don't.
Lazenby's outfits are ridiculous. But only half as ridiculous as the fact they ended a Bond film like they end this one. To call it "gutsy" or even "ballsy" doesn't do it justice. It's like Nihilistic Bond.
The most frustrating thing about this is we can't really know whether it was the movie or the actor that brought this outing down. Would Connery have made this film better? Or if given a more even film, would Lazenby have thrived as Bond?
The world may never know...no, wait, the world is not enough. That other line is for tootsie roll pops.