I suppose like most people I came to this film with a number of expectations. Others treated this film with disdain since it did not feature the definitive Bond (Connery). Not forgetting the popular myth - Lazenby was so poor he was sacked. The first time I saw this film, some ten years ago I was surprised at how good it was. With each viewing it improved - some of the best action scenes in a Bond film and a memorable ending also made it stand out. Part of the problem surrounding the film could be that this was the first non-Connery Bond film. Another problem could be that poor old George Lazenby is dubbed for his scenes as Sir Hilary Bray. In spite of all those, Lazenby does turn in a good performance and it is a pity that he chose not to continue in the role. It would have been interesting indeed to see what he would have made of Diamonds Are Forever (BTW - I'm not criticising Connery). With hindsight it is also noticeable that a lot of later Bond films steal bits and pieces from this one. With each DVD release of a Bond film, MGM/UA add some excellent features, this one is no exception. An excellent transfer (and finally I have a copy of the film featuring that 6 minute scene in Grunwold's office!) - the picture and sound quality are excellent. A worthy addition to the Bond collection.
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