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In this Realistic Version, Bond gets both 'Shaken & Stirred' in Equal Measure by (his authentic equal) Diana Rigg!!
on July 30, 2014
This is perhaps the most `realistic' and `personal' James Bond film (prior to the tremendous `Skyfall').
"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" did not have the same level of Box Office performance as the earlier `Sean Connery' movies, but it contained Four unique `enhancements' =
1) A more realistic, down-to-Earth scenario whereby James Bond actually loses some of his patent over-confidence, and actually `resigns' from the British M-I-6 secret service!
2) Bond falls in love, and even marries the woman he considers his complete `equal' in nearly every way (played by the incredibly charismatic Diana Rigg, who fully matches Bond in the areas of charm, confidence, intelligence, bravery and especially thrill-seeking!)
3) This story has a much darker (even melancholy, to some degree) tone about it - don't want to give away the ending, for those who have never seen it yet (even over 40 years hence*) ==> but the Finale is actually a bit hard to bear, and unlike anything you will see in any other Bond film, before or since.
4) The Music composed by ingenious John Barry is particularly awesome, and you even get to hear a quite moving original Song sung by the immortal Louis Armstrong! (just can't beat that!)
Seriously, this version is quite `different' from the conventional portrayals = George Lazenby is realistically `low-key' (wouldn't you think real undercover spies should be hard to detect/notice), and he has genuine interest in getting to really `know' the exceedingly beautiful Teresa "Tracy" Draco-di Vicenzo (aka Diana Rigg) = she is not simply a `Bond-girl' pin-Up/ screen-Saver!
They seem authentically & believably drawn to (and made for) each other - most intriguing!
But don't misunderstand ==> there is plenty of fast-paced action (and the typical explosive `smack-down') in the penultimate scenes (with a very subdued and painfully realistic Ending).
Also, Telly Savalas is exceptional as the evil (i.e. the Real Dr. Evil to be exact) Mastermind: Ernst Stavro Blofeld! But even the villain here seems more complicated & multi-dimensional than usual (Savalas being a truly exceptional master-thespian!)
I always liked those Movies that presented a more realistic rendition of the true life of a Spy/ secret service Agent, and the idea that it certainly was/is a real job, with genuine consequences - and not simply an excuse to sit-around a Roulette table all-Day, sipping martinis (shaken, not stirred, of Course!)
note*: unfortunately too young to have seen it originally in theaters, circa 1969 = I first really watched this in the mid-Eighties, on ABC TV (when they used to cycle thru all the Bond films, with commercials no Less!)