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On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 'Far Up! Far Out! Far More!',
This review is from: James Bond - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD] (DVD)
A grand extraordinaire of a James Bond film. It's difficult at times to find a better Bond film than this one. Known sometimes to me as "The Christmas James Bond film", On Her Majesty's Secret Service never ceases to amaze and entertain.
Geroge Lazenby, while not Connery, gives a solid portrayal of James Bond 007. He's a man of action, and this film very well supports that, giving him much to do in it. I feel, while I like the four other Bond actors better at times, for this single film, Lazenby showed off some very good points and he gives a better performance in it to just be labeled "that other guy that just did one."
Diana Rigg; a true angel of a Bond girl. In my opinion, what can be said about her performance as Tracy is mostly all good points. She's tough and resourceful, but not to a point where she's trying to be better than Bond, and she doesn't always remind the audience that she can do as much as he can, she just plays the role, and she plays it well. Her scenes of lashing against her father's words and her eventual fall for Bond are acted out quite well. As is, which I say is perhaps the classiest moment in the film series, her skating onto the scene to help Bond escape from Irma Bunt and SPECTRE. Her death at the end of the film is a strong one, strong enough that the James Bond theme is played at the very end to remind people that this is a Bond film, no matter what these large differences are that have yet to occur in the series, (such as the Bond girl being killed).
Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Irma Bunt are very solid Bond villains. They both deliver well, with Bunt's casual barking of orders at dinner to be quite the way she defines her respect. I have come to like Telly Savalas performance more and more over time. His calm manor, almost competitive in that he has moments where it seems he has taken control over Bond's actions are good touches and add to the film.
John Barry is a master and On Her Majesty's Secret Service is without a doubt one of the places to look for evidence of that. Shows a main title piece doesn't need lyrics or a performer to be a damned good "killer tune". The whole score, from the romantic melodies to the fast-paced action cues is on top of the game and is always enjoyable to listen to.
Peter Hunt deserves much credit for taking what many fans call Ian Fleming's best James Bond novel and doing something great with it - simply turning it into a film. He had the right idea in mind to faithfully adapt many parts of the story, as it worked so well.
It's a classic Bond film that only seems to get better over time.
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Initial post: 20 Dec 2007 22:52:28 GMT
Mr. Stephen Kennedy says:
Good review! Think you got all the high points there - though I would add the great work done by Willy Bogner and those wonderful sweeping skiing shots, as part of the appeal of the movie.
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