Post by twothousandonemark on Jan 17, 2019 22:12:38 GMT
It's been a few years now since my last viewing, OHMSS is not as casual a Bond viewing for me as other titles. 2hrs 22mins is a longish run time for a storyline which isn't truly in the traditional 007 lane. This is a great movie; as a Bond movie it's very good. If you know, you know. It's a great saga of sorts for the Bond character, from Ian Fleming's source material... alas a Bond film as it were, always seems sourced from Dr. No's blueprint & beyond. This one lands nearly fully in the former. Lazenby is fine as James Bond, yet for me doesn't begin to impress until his initial capture by Draco. The full intro scenes are so much the director trying to graph Lazenby over Connery's habits that it never works until a scene we'd not quite recognize Connery in. Lazenby plays Bond more patiently & less slickly than Connery. Connery played him like a spy machine out for the rush of the venture. Lazenby seems to play him like his work life is mightily separate from his own passions. I know the popular notion is if Connery had starred, this would be the Bond masterpiece. I don't think Connery Bond settling down for marriage would've landed well. Back to this film, it's a well mapped out story that more slowly unspools. Once it gets going, it really never ever lets up. The action is taut, with legitimate intensity & pace. Having ski slopes, bobsleigh tracks, & avalanches doesn't hurt. One angle which it never seems to shake is how aged the film still feels for me compared to You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, Goldfinger. OHMSS set in the alps, the modernity of the vehicles, buildings, infrastructure, & overall Christmas vibe of the village... all feel throwback to the 40's or even 30's. I think that both saddles Lazenby with a less sexy movie, & also helps because his acting persona does fit that better.
6/10. Good locations, decent action, Diana Rigg is an interesting deviation from the typical Bond girl. Telly Savalas has his moments as Blofeld. But George Lazenby was a bore. EXCEPT for that one single part at the end. I'll give the man credit for something I don't think even Connery or Moore could pull off w/o it coming across as snark.
6/10 - I like the beginning of the movie, and I love the very last scene, but everything in between was kinda boring. I actually liked Lazenby as Bond, and I love Diana Rigg (I wish she could've been in a Connery or Moore bond film), so I wanted to love this movie, but I just didn't. I know a lot of people do.
I like 14 out of the 25 Bond movies. I think one of the better things about OHMSS is Diana Rigg.
p.s. only 186 movies out of the 2,225+ total movies I have seen managed to get a 7 or higher. NOTE: I don't restrict ratings on movies either as I simply rate movies based on how overall enjoyable they are to watch and the further they get away from that the lower the rating. it's just the simple fact for me that not too many movies stand out from the pack and my ratings tend to reflect this.
Love it. Lazenby was great, he had so much more potential. Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Ilse Steppat as Irma Bunt is a great villainess, even if she reminds me too much of Rosa Klebb. Love that Swiss location too.
I don't like this one much. Don't care for George Lazenby or Diana Rigg, the plot is daft and the downbeat ending depressing. Moreover, it makes no sense to have the film end like that and then no followup. In the books, james Bond is out for revenge in the next one, You Only Live Twice. If they wanted it be a one off, they should have dropped the ending and just have Bond cavorting about with the girl at the end like in the rest of them.