Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) presents us with an anomaly in the 007 series: Bond (George Lazenby) falls in love with and marries someone -- Tracy, Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg). The film pretty closely follows the internal arc of Ian Fleming's 1963 novel of the same title. Overall take on this Peter R. Hunt directed movie? Trippy, man. I always get sucked back into it,
too -- every time.

Hard to beat the Sean Connery films, but this one's still up there in the Bond pantheon. On Her Majesty's Secret Service does nice work, too, documenting the socio-economic transition from the earlier 1960s into the later 60s, yet hasn't become so frayed as to become too caricaturish (as it would start to in the 1970s). Sort of like a band with a lot of albums. The first six are really good, then they tend to go up and down and all around -- same with the Bond series over the past fifty plus years.

As an aside, I like Daniel Craig as the latest incarnation of Mr. Bond. He'll be in Skyfall later this year, directed by Sam Mendes and co-starring Javier Bardem. Even in 2012, still On Her Same Majesty's Secret Service. 

Today's Rune: Flow.

1 comment:

jodi said...

Erik, never been a big bond fan, but a friend who is said that Daniel Craig was great in it!