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“Merry Christmas, 007.”

Spending Christmas Eve morning with a cup of coffee, a stack of Christmas cookies and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). This remains my favorite Bond film, for all sorts of reasons. Of course, I think Lazenby makes an excellent Bond and wish he’d make more.

But this morning, it was John Barry’s music and John Glen’s editing that got my attention. The way the action scenes are put together is unlike other Bond pictures. With Peter Hunt, a former Bond editor, making his directorial debut, I’m sure he had all sorts of things he wanted to try. He and Glen (who also worked as a 2nd unit director) were close friends and must’ve had a blast. It’s weird to me that the Bond movies Glen directed didn’t have the snap this one does, and it’s a shame Hunt didn’t do another Bond.

The Blu-Ray of OHMSS is quite nice. If you decide to put yours on as you wrap those last few presents or dig into the eggnog, my recommendation is to select the mono mix, which is what played theaters, and darken your TV a bit — the 35mm prints were not this bright.

By the way, the image up top is the cover of the program from the picture’s London premiere in December of 1969.

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Happy Anniversary, James Bond.

They’re making a big deal these days about the 60th anniversary of the James Bond movies (Dr. No came out in 1962).

To mark the occasion, here’s George Lazenby and Diana Rigg having a bit of wedding cake in my favorite Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Of course, the happy couple never got around to celebrating their first anniversary.

And though it’s coming a bit late, here’s to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

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RIP, Diana Rigg.

Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg DBE
(July 20, 1938 – September 10, 2020)

Diana Rigg has passed away at 82. She was a great actress, doing fabulous work on stage, on TV and on film.

What always impressed me about her was that she went after good work — from Shakespeare to The Avengers to a James Bond movie to Theatre Of Blood (1973) — nothing seemed to be beneath her if she found it interesting. And she was always terrific.

Here she is with George Lazenby working on On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Note the banner for Corgi toys, the company that made those great die-cast James Bond toys.

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Merry Christmas.

It’s easy to forget that the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) is a Christmas movie. But here’s James Bond (George Lazenby) hanging around the Christmas tree with Blofeld’s brainwashed “Angels Of Death.”

Here’s wishing you all the joys of the season — and that you get that 1969 Aston Martin DBS you asked for.

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RIP, Ken Adam.

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Sir Ken Adam
(5 February 1921 – 10 March 2016)

Ken Adam, the production designer of the James Bond films of the 60s and 70s, has passed away at 95.

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Adam’s volcano rocket base for You Only Live Twice (1967, above) is jaw-dropping-ly cool — especially on the big screen in Panavision and dye transfer Technicolor. It absolutely floored me the first time I saw it.

He worked for Stanley Kubrick twice: Dr. Strangelove (1964), with the incredible War Room, and Barry Lyndon (1976). Oh, and an early credit came for Night Of The Demon (1957).

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James Bond Is Back.

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Spectre opens in the U.S. today, and the whole world seems to be a little James Bond crazy. This seems like a good time to name-drop my favorite 007 movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).

I highly recommend this one and urge you to check out a terrific blog post on it from Jeff Flugel. Click on the title card and away you go.

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One of these days, I’m gonna get around to writing about it myself. But Jeff’s coverage of it has me a little intimidated.

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Screening: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) At The TCM Festival.

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ohmss poster sizedGeorge Lazenby will introduce my favorite James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), during the TCM Film Festival in March. This was just announced, so there’s no date or time yet.

There are so many things that make this a special Bond film. Lazenby himself, who I wish had stuck with the franchise. A great Blofeld (Telly Savales) and a terrific Bond girl (Diana Rigg). John Barry’s best Bond score. Peter Hunt’s tight direction. The incredible ski and bobsled sequences. The 1969 Aston Martin DBS. And a mean streak a mile wide (a guy falls into the path of a snow plow). It seems weird to call a James Bond picture a cult film, but this one fits the bill.

The Stalking Moon offers up a great blog post on the many merits of OHMSS.

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