James Bond: The Other Fella – Lazenby #Bondathon

The second in the Storified set of ‘Tweet notes’ for each film in a complete (canon) Twitter #Bondathon leading up to the release of Skyfall and the franchise’s 50th anniversary. Typos not as rare as George Lazenby.

NEXT UP, THE SEARCH FOR A NEW BOND GIFTED THE CHANCE FOR A FRANCHISE REBOOT AFTER THE EXCESS OF 1967’S YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.  Following a collborative five films, the partnership of producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman shifted slightly, with Saltzman taking a lead on the new direction.  The result was the most literary take in the series – a sumptuous adaptation of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), far more faithful to the Fleming original other films had been.  The director Peter Hunt, previously the series editor grappled the snow sequences full on – they are a suspense master class, beautifully shot, with a real sense of danger.  John Barry’s on top form but best of all is the casting of Telly Savalas as Blofeld.  Confident and physical, this is the only time a visible Blofeld looks like he could run SPECTRE.  However, a quirk of the new literary fidelity is that OHMSS is the second time that Bond meets Blofeld for the first time, and the with the most tragic consequences…

There’s little to Tweet about this brilliance, so I don’t. because it really is honestly brilliant.  it is even unfair to point an octopus tentacle at the main man: a little stilted sometimes, but he can act!  However, contemporary reaction wasn’t kind.  It would take over a decade for OHMSS’ critical stock to rise…

‘Der Englander ist verschwunden!’

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)


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