On Her Majesty’s Secret Service has the best soundtrack, pushes James Bond into difficult new places, and the ending is probably in the top 10 best film endings of all time.
George Lazenby lacks the swagger of Sean Connery, but this 1969 black sheep is possibly the best 007 film ever.
ON Her Majesty’s Secret Service (OHMSS) had a lot to live up to. As far as the entire world was concerned, Sean Connery was James Bond. And here was some impostor – worse, an impostor from the colonies, George Lazenby, whom nobody had heard of – waltzing in to take his place. It wasn’t right. It wouldn’t do. To rub everyone’s noses in it even further, OHMSS deliberately stuck closely to the book, which meant no audience-pleasing whizz-bang gadgets. And what’s with the bummer of an ending? No wonder the film only took half the amount of You Only Live Twice at the box office.
And yet, I will fight anyone who dares to tell me that they don’t like OHMSS. Because they are flat out wrong. In the 45 years since it was released, it stands out as one of the best 007 films ever. Possibly even the best. It has the best soundtrack. It pushes the character into difficult new places. And that ending: that’s not just a great James Bond ending, it’s probably in the top 10 film endings of all time.
If you’ve never seen OHMSS, you should watch it. If you’ve seen it before, you should watch it again. And if you don’t like it, I’m serious about fighting you.