The history behind the film is interesting and shows the impact Bond has had on popular culture. Not until Daniel Craig was announced as the new Bond was there such a hullabaloo. The cries of outrage at Craig being the first blond Bond was staggering, to the point where there even appeared anti-Craig sites appearing on the net. Poor bastard, he lands the most coveted, iconic role in cinema, and even before shooting begins he is hated! Suffice to say he gritted his teeth and has become a highly regarded Bond. I personally am a fan of him in the role. But then I'm a Bond fan through and through, and there is very little about the franchise I dislike.
But I digress! After Connery annouced his resignation from the role, Eon Productions went on the hunt for a replacement. Roger Moore signed on to another series of The Saint after political instability in Cambodia saw cancellation of, The Man With the Golden Gun. Timothy Dalton ( the unluckiest man to play Bond in my opinion, due to studio problems ), turned down the part as he thought himself too young at the time. Then Albert Broccoli saw an unknown actor in a chocolate commercial,and the rest is as they say, history.
|George Lazenby and the yummy Diana Rigg.|
|George Lazenby and Telly Savalas.|
So overall I believe OHMSS is a very good Bond film. I really think George Lazenby is far too maligned, as one outing as the the iconic James Bond, is not enough to really judge him on. If he came back and made a second film, and didn't improve, then the criticisms could be more valid. Of all the Bond films OHMSS is the only one that followed its novel counterpart. For me, after having read most of the Bond novels, I could feeI Fleming's creation more than in any other Bond film. The thing here is the only criticism is Lazenby, and nothing else.
He was in a no win situation as he followed the tough act of Sean Connery. But then all the actors, except Connery, have had to follow on from another actor, and it takes time for them to get established and accepted. For me that is the only criticism I have of Lazenby. He didn't return and show that he was or wasn't ever going to be Bond. But hey, he did play James Bond in one film, and no one can ever take that way from him!
Without doubt a good Bond film. Opinions are divided, but as stated only as regards to George Lazenby. Everything else is pure Bond, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service is in my opinion, one of the best of the franchise.