Genre Guesstimation – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – Encore Review


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me!

Since the new James Bond film – No Time to Die (2021) is finally being released I have chosen that we will be reviewing our favorite Spy/Espionage Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Oct by sending them to 007@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Spy/Espionage Movies…….

“This never happened to the other fellow.” – James Bond

Number of Times Seen – Around 5 times (cable in the 80’s and 90’s, 7 Dec 2014and 14 Oct 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Bond is sent to infiltrate Blofeld’s secret research lab in the Alps in order to try and find out what he is planning.

My Take on it – This is a somewhat unique film in the Bond canon.

It was the only appearance of George Lazenby as the iconic spy and it still makes people wonder why he never was asked back since this isn’t a bad performance at all.

The story is a bit uneven and despite the first half moving quite slowly, the second half more than makes up for it and is quite action packed and enjoyable to watch.

The first also adds a more personal aspect to the character when he must try and deal with emotions after meeting the daughter of a smuggler who he starts to fall in love with.

Telly Savalas plays Blofeld in this film and does a nice job especially since the character isn’t just known as a cerebral villain here and actively takes part in more physical confrontations also.

The film is beautiful to watch especially the way that they filmed the scenes in Switzerland.

Great theme song sung by Louis Armstrong resonates throughout – We Have All the Time in the World.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As of 2020, George Lazenby is the youngest actor to portray 007, at age twenty-nine during filming. The rest of the actors and their ages, in no particular order: Sir Sean Connery – thirty-one, Sir Roger Moore – forty-five, Timothy Dalton – forty, Pierce Brosnan – forty-one, and Daniel Craig – thirty-eight. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Come close, but Lazenby just doesn’t manage to bring enough to the role despite the film dealing with many personal issues.

Rating –Globe Worthy (8/10)

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