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Thursday, August 15, 2013

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

I have for many years considered this the worst movie in the James Bond series. Now, after long consideration, another viewing and a little research may see it as one of the best. Just for the record, George Lazenby turned down the role of 007 in subsequent films not the other way around. Telly Savalas was awful as Blofeld but no movie is perfect. This movie does have some nice elements and some bad ones too. One of the nicer ones comes in the opening credits. They show clips of the past Bond films in part of it and even give them a shout later in the film. The plot line as far as I know is the closest to the book of any of the Ian Fleming novels. The film itself has good elements seen in previous films such as Dr. No, Goldfinger, and You Only Live Twice. The theme music was played through the film in both action and romantic scenes. It worked well because it was a good piece of music and worked well in the film. Another plus to this film was its romantic element. It is the only film in which Bond marries and one of the few he truly falls in love. The scenes with Tracy in them worked well. Now for the down side, the casting was horrible. I already mentioned the off casting of Telly Savalas as Blofeld. The women were horrible too. Other than his main love interest Diana Rigg as Tracy Di Vicenzo. The bevy of “beautiful” women he was shacked up with in the Alpines were not remotely good looking. They came across as annoying worthless and utterly pathetic. It is a shame this film gets so maligned. It was a good piece of cinema and an essential piece in the James Bond puzzle. Today unfortunately is the last day it is available for free from Xfinity. In the future you will have to do like everyone else and add it to you Netflix queue. Grade B+

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm