For today’s final review of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, I bring you my review of George Lazenby’s sole venture as 007.
Thanks again to Luke for his review earlier today!
Number of Times Seen – 2-3 times (cable in the 80’s and 90’s and 7 Dec 2014)
Brief Synopsis – Bond goes undercover to try and infiltrate Blofeld’s secret research lap in the Alps to discover what he is planning to do with his research.
My Take on it – This is one of the most uneven Bond movies because the first half is pretty slow and then the second half picks up the pace and delivers and exciting and thrilling addition to the Bond films.
The chase and fight scenes in the Alps are breathtaking and Lazenby is able to do here what Connery was never able to do stunt-wise.
The problem with Lazenby is that he doesn’t come off as suave and smooth as Connery and I can completely understand why this was his only appearance as 007.
As the revolving door of actors playing Blofeld continues, Telly Savalas was given the role this time and despite being an actor not necessarily know for his physical prowess, but rather his mental ones, he does quite well in the role.
The character of Blofeld for the first time is brought into the actual fights and chases and seems to have made a complete chance in the kind of villain he is suppose to be portraying.
This is neither better nor worse, just very different. In most of the previous Bond movies, Blofeld worked behind the scenes and has henchmen fulfill his requests, but here he also joined the forays.
Bottom Line – Second half is much stronger than the first half, but still a thrilling Bond adventure. Lazenby isn’t the most charismatic Bond and I can understand why he only has one outing. Savalas is an interesting choice as Blofeld which in this movie is a more physical role than in the past. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
Here’s the main title song: