I just saw "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
This was an odd movie. I like the fact there are two clear plots going on at the same time, and they end up crossing over nicely and tragically at the end. Both plots are solid in their own right: Blofeld trying to make an infertility virus to blackmail the world seems like a plausible terrorist threat, though not without its common cartoony villany the series is known for. The second plot, Bond being contacted by a mafia boss to marry his daughter, and then actually falling in love is a sweet side of the character we don't see that often. The end is probably the most heartwrenching finale for a Bond movie I've seen, and Lazenby pulls it off perfectly. By the way, George Lazenby is good as 007, but everytime I saw him I got the feeling he was 007's successor, not 007 himself. He doesn't do a bad performance, it's just... maybe he looked too young to replace Sean Connery (I have no idea of their ages at the time, I'm just going for appearenaces), and with the initial wink to the audience about being a replacement, I expected them to actually add that into the story, but they just went along as if he had always been 007, which was weird. Though, to be fair, his portrayal of 007 is quite more vulnerable than Connery's, who was always portraying an almost invincible and suave hero. It helps him stand apart from Connery, and also adds a ton with his chemistry with Tracy (Diana Rigg's performance is great as a mafia princess with a death wish until she's saved by Bond). The character of Blofeld was great, though he's fallen somewhat from his puppeteer in the shadows role in the last movies. Still, the fact he goes to kill Bond in person and ends up killing Tracey makes the Bond vs Blofeld feud definitively personal. Trying to destroy the world multiple times is business, but now it is personal. The action scenes are a mixed bag. For one, some scenes are clearly sped up, with a lot of cuts trying to make the action more dynamic, but it just makes it sloppy. On the other hand, the second half of the movie, and in particular the fight scenes in the snow, are amazing, and surprisingly gory (that snowblower machine is the stuff of nightmares).
Overall, the movie kept improving as it went along, with probably the strongest ending a Bond movie had thus far. A solid 7/10, the first half dragged a bit, but the second half made it worth it.
And, by the way, they should have played the credits in silence. The Bond theme after what happened in the end kills the mood, what the fuck.
Last edited by Darwinianevolution - on 15 November 2019