On Her Majesty's Secret Service

There's something formal about the point of a pistol.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * · · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * · )

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In Her Majesties Secret Service is the true odd man out for bond movies. It has George Lazenby as our hero and role model, for only this installment. Frankly it is no wonder. While he has all the right lines and has the guts to smack around a dame when he isn't getting the info he needs, he is like watching a Ken doll. The plot has him chasing the infamous Ernst Stavro Blofeld (played by Kojack!) and running into a score of hot ditsy babes. There are ski chases and gadgets and all the makings of a typical Bond movie, but without the soul of Connery or Moore behind the name. The whole marriage thing is a little weak, though monumental for Bond's life. I hadn't ever seen it before, and I was a bit disappointed at the execution. Frankly, it reminded me of an old episode of Knight Rider. The DVD isn't bad. It has a 1.85 to 1 16x9 enhanced transfer but only a Dolby Surround sound track. There are a couple of featurettes too. Frankly, it is worth seeing just to see this landmark in the plotline of Bond, but it isn't near as good as the others.