The James Bond films witness a “passing of the torch” from Sean Connery to George Lazenby for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, this being the sixth in both the 007 series and our own “20 days of 007” feature. George Lazenby got quite a lot of flack before and after the film was made, but the flick’s popularity has increased with age and is now considered one of the best Bond films. Some say that had Sean Connery starred in the leading role, it could well have been the best Bond film of all time.
James Bond 007 is once again on the tail of criminal mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas), this time he enlists the help of crime boss Draco and his daughter Tracy. They soon discover that Blofeld is now located far up into the Swiss Alps, so Bond goes undercover in an attempt to infiltrate his lair. However Blofeld isn’t an easy target and those who cross him pay with tragic consequences.
I happen to love On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and it features one of my favourite Bond stories. The actors were on top form, and there were a healthy number of great dramatical sequences which (for the time) were rare in a Bond film. Lazenby made a good 007 and having the opportunity to meet him in 2006 was a real honour.