On Her Majesty's Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service ★★½

This has always held a special place in my heart because the filmmakers—and the star—are clearly trying to do something grounded and real and honest. But it’s just not that good. It’s a bit slow and boring, but more than anything, the characters don’t work. It’s not just that Lazenby isn’t Connery; it’s that, despite his athleticism, he just doesn’t feel like he’s truly inhabiting the Bond character; it’s more a case of vacationing in the role. I also just don’t see any truly compelling logic or motivation that drives Diana Rigg’s Tracy and Lazenby’s Bond to feel so strongly about one another; what’s there on the screen amounts to little more than a bunch of shorthand.

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