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4.0 out of 5 stars This never happened to the other fella..., 28 Dec. 2005
This review is from: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Special Edition) [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
And so you come to this, George Lazenby's one and only James Bond film - the oddity in the series, but still no less spectacular.
Just because Lazenby only did the one Bond film does not make this a bad movie, a common misconception.Sure, he's not very comfortable in the lead role, but that would have been something that came over time, if he had been given the chance. Instead he's merely passable as the hero.
His coming and going is covered in much length in the bonus 40 minute documentary, that provides unbiased insight into the making of the film and the controversial hiring and firing of the actor.
Still, at least he made an impact on the series. The action scenes here are full of amazing stunts, particularly the ski chase and the bob sled section. The movie starts off well, with a beuatifully filmed pre-credits action scene.
And although that sets up a action packed film, the plot line, trying to track down uber-villain Blofeld, is over long, padded and skimpy. It's even more annoying in the fact that the film doesn't actually finish, as Blofeld is still on baddie duties in future Bond films, which really makes this plot a waste of time.
Still, the Bond formula is in place, plenty of girls, magnificent set pieces and a delightful leading lady in Diana Rigg. It all leads up to the most shocking scene in any Bond film, and if you havn't seen this already, then it comes as a real surprise, a gut punch of an ending.
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