On Her Majesty’s secret service.
So no song this time, just a new version of the theme tune, it’s a nice score and we also get Louie Armstrong later but the titles featuring previous characters feels like it’s a desperate attempt to keep the connection going now we have a new actor as Bond.
So obviously the elephant in the room is Lazenby, he looks the part, even more physically intimidating than Connery but you can tell he is inexperienced as an actor. He just never seems to own a scene the way Connery could. It’s a shame the wonderful George Baker didn’t dub the whole film, its only when he’s pretending to be Bray that he really commands any presence.
Diana Rigg, not only badass and beautiful but the first Bond girl to also be a really accomplished A-list actress.
I’ve never been a fan of Telly Savalas but he’s a better Bloefeld than Pleasence, probably the best main villain so far.
Superb action sequences and lovely mountain scenery. That avalanche scene is brutal and the guy who goes through the shredder, yikes.
One criticism, if you are going to have Bond fall in love and marry perhaps not have him sleep with someone else in the middle of it for once?
A heart-breaking ending, 10/10
Diamonds Are For Ever
A poor opening scene. The theme song is the best thing about this flick and even that doesn’t sound as good as I remember it.
Wint and Kidd are awful. They may have worked if they had some chemistry together but every scene it’s as if they have just met and understood the script wrong.
Moneypenny asking him to bring back a diamond in a ring from Holland, must have forgotten his wife has just been murdered? The fact that they don’t build on OHMSS is madness. Quantum of Solace has its critics but at least sows up Casino Royale.
Locations are drab, tacky one arm bandit casinos and bland deserts.
Charles Grey is disappointing as Bloefeld, less intimidating and cultured than Savalas. I wasn’t that impressed with his brief stint in YOLT as Dikko Henderson so its surprising to see him get this role now.
The chase scene on the strip is ok but when the streets are lined up with so many people to watch it being filmed it makes for a distracting background. The car driving on its side is the type of crap I’d expect of Dukes of Hazard and we’ll be seeing more of the light heartedness as Moore takes over the role.
Jill, worse main Bond girl so far for me. Both St John and Connery just look like they don’t want to be here.
There’s absolutely nothing of note here, even the final Oil Rig battle disappoints.