On Her Majesty's Secret Service

1969, Eon Productions

George Lazenby unfortunately earned the unenviable reputation of being the worst Bond in the franchise, although the reputation of the film itself has improved with age. I confess I was never a fan of Bond, so it's of little consequence to me; my only interest in OHMSS is Diana Rigg, otherwise known as Mrs. Peel of The Avengers fame. Ironically, her departure from that series was fueled in part by feeling objectified. So, what did she do? Joined the cast of a Bond film, where women were even more objectified. No matter; everyone was upstaged by Telly Savalis, who gnawed through the scenery as Blofeld. By the way, see if you can spot the similarities between this film and Black Widow.

DKS 3/29/17




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