The instrumental opening to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a John Barry classic. It was even updated by the Propellerheads with some divine 90’s electronic vibes. I’m not sure why I was convinced Chicago would be a good fit here… I tried a couple of tracks, but ended up with my first instinct: Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.”
The encore presentation of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service still brought out the same good-natured lovefest we’ve come to expect. OHMSS has become a #Bond_age_ favorite; it’s easy to see why. Kitschy 60’s/70’s decor and costumes, Emma Peel, Telly Blofeld and Playboy’s one and only hurrah make for an energized evening of witticisms and reverence.
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It’s all come down to this. 23 Bonds entered. 2 Bonds remain. Many votes have been tallied. Feelings have been hurt. Party Moore raised an eyebrow. T-Dalt brooded, silently smoldering in the corner. 00Fluffy went to the hairdresser. The Battle over #Bond_age_ comes down to pre-Slouchy and the Playboy. The other fellow vs. the “new” guy. The guy who made Zardoz vs. the guy who appeared as Reginald Durbin in an episode of General Hospital.
The #Bond_age_ Tournament of Bonds Finals:
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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
— Andy Ross (@ThatAndyRoss) March 28, 2015
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know well enough by now that I attended the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles this past week. I spilled much Twatter during those four days. One event during this 4-day cinema-going extravaganza piqued my interest. I devoted my entire Friday to George Lazenby introducing On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. I chose my movies for the entire day based on setting myself up to get good seats for OHMSS. (As it turns out, you don’t need to have the highest number in the queue, you just need to have friends — Proto-#Bond_age_ hosts @MiddParent and @NitrateDiva — who get the #1 spot in line and save you a seat in the third row.
— Fussy (@MiddParent) March 28, 2015
TCM host Ben Mankiewicz sat with Lazenby before the film, talking about his legacy as a one-time Bond and his experience on set with director Peter Hunt and co-star Diana Rigg. Lazenby commandeered the conversation discussing veiled propositions from Diana Rigg and trysts in the stuntman tent and demonstrated fully the bravado that allowed this non-actor to talk himself into the most famous individual role in all of cinema. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service wowed on the big screen. But I don’t need to tell you that. It’s a gloriously shot film with tremendous snow-capped cinematography and epic chase scenes. My pulse raced even leading up to Lazenby’s infamous quip “This never happened to the other fellow,” anticipating the brassy OHMSS theme. I’ll spare you further fanboy gushing and instead allow tweets, pictures and Nitrate Diva to tell a more robust tale from that glorious evening. See Nitrate Diva’s full writeup about the TCMFF event here, including meticulous notes about the Lazenby/Mankiewicz conversation. I was too busy being absorbed at listening to James Bond spin devilish yarns and causing Mankiewicz to scratch his head in disbelief.
— #Bond_age_ (@007hertzrumble) March 28, 2015
— #Bond_age_ (@007hertzrumble) March 28, 2015
Finally, here’s a full conversation with George Lazenby courtesy of THRPodcasts. This was recorded during the TCM Film Festival and sheds more light on the enigmatic man who starred in one Bond movie and then walked away from everything. Required listening.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service represents the sixth essay in a 23-part series about the James Bond cinemas. I encourage everyone to comment and join in on an extended conversation about not only the films themselves, but cinematic trends, political and other external influences on the series’ tone and direction.
Of [In]human #Bond_age_ #6: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Pleads the 4th
by James David Patrick
I originally embarked on this voyage to watch and discuss all 23 James Bond movies because I wanted to look more closely at the temporality of the Bond adventures. A theme inspired by a moment in Skyfall when Daniel Craig retrieves the Aston Martin DB5 from storage, a car with which his Bond has had no prior relationship. Having had six different actors play the role with eleven different directors behind the camera, how did the series adjust from one actor to the next? Natural shifts in style and substance brought upon by external market influences and cinematic trends? How did filmmaking decisions attempt to explain the continuity from film to film? Or, conversely, did the filmmakers try to explain it at all? (more…)