For it being about 2.5 hours long, it’s astonishing to me how little they hold on to the climactic moments. The editor is so quick to move to the next scene that it sort of takes the piss out of the classic Bond moments we look for. And on the flip side, SO much time is given to pointless moments.
The skiing scenes are NUTS in the best way. When Bond coaxes one of the Blofeld operatives off the edge of the cliff to his death, the hangtime is absurd. Like nothing I’ve ever seen. Also, Lazenby is even better on one ski than two...
The final scene gives the film the bit of redemption it really needs. It caught me so off guard and it has to be the most emotional ending to a Bond movie (yet).
Overall, I couldn’t stand this movie. Fortunately, it gets better as it progresses. But the first half is nearly unwatchable.