Friday, 16 November 2012

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Reviewing Bond 50 Blu-Ray

Why had I only watched this film once properly before?!

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is an awesome Bond film. I’m angry with myself for not watching this more recently as it’s easily stands among one of the best in the series.

The story is extremely well structured, with each scene progressing the plot which builds to a third act filled with action. After the over the top antics of You Only Live Twice its refreshing for the film to be more grounded and the plot really benefits from this.

OHMSS is also one of the first early Bond films that stands up extremely well even by today's standards. The more realistic approach means there are literally no special effects, so nothing looks dated. The cinematography over mountain landscapes and sunsets still looks incredible.

George Lazenby has always got quite a bit of flack for being the worst Bond and I think it’s 50/50. In the straight scenes and the fights he is really good and works well, however the sequences that involve charm or witty one liners fall a bit flat which is a shame. However I can't imagine Sean Connery or Roger Moore in the role for this particular storyline. Especially with the tragic ending...

The picture quality of this particular HD transfer is exceedingly good, I barely noticed any problems. This also helps with giving the film an ageless quality, it's almost like a period film shot today.

OHMSS is now one of my favourite Bond films.

9.5/10

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