Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
You Only Live Twice was supposed to be the last time Sean Connery would play 007 but that was not the case. Connery left the series and the producers were desperate to find a new Bond. They approached Timothy Dalton but he turned it down feeling he was too young and even Adam West was considered. In steps George Lazenby who was a successful model and looked like Connery but unfortunately had no acting experience.
The producers gave him the chance and they set out to start afresh with a new take on the Bond series and they aimed to say faithful to the book On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The film proved successful but failed to meet the box office numbers they were expecting. So they coughed up a large sum of money to bring back Connery for one more outing.
OHMSS is considered one of the best in the series. Do you think so or do you feel Lazenby ruined it?