First a little background and introduction:
When I became a Bond fan I did so through the first TV airings of the Connery Bond films in Germany starting 1984. Since then James Bond was and remained Sean Connery and while I enjoyed all of the movies, nothing came close to Goldfinger, Thunderball, From Russia with Love or Doctor No ... and Sean Connery.
First aired in 1986, also On Her Majesty's Secret Service was not among my favourites - I disliked Lazenby (simply because he was not Connery - even they had the very same german voice) and I found it slow and dragging back then (but: I was just 12 years old for 3 days when it was shown in TV 1986).
Then came Moore, Dalton, Brosnan after that. The first Bond movie I saw in the cinema was "Licence To Kill" (and every following entry day one it was released) and with the exception of the second half of "Die Another Day" I enjoyed them all. But still ... James Bond "was" Sean Connery and there were the guys who just "played" him.
Then Daniel Craig came around and I was very, very sceptical about him - but he and the whole movie of Casino Royale blew me away. Since then there are 2 different James Bond out there - Sean Connery *and* Daniel Craig. Where Connery is my "escapist" Bond, Craig is my "reality" Bond - and both sides of that same medal I appreciate a lot for their own qualities.
I was never a big fan of the "campy" Bond Moore and Brosnan played. In between there remained Dalton and Lazenby. While I liked Dalton I somehow more or less forgot OHMSS and Lazenby.
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Once Craig and with him a new Bond settled in my mind, I rediscovered OHMSS. Things I found weak back then I now started to enjoy a lot: The fight sequences, the soundtrack and especially the story itself. It was like I saw a new movie even I watched (but never enjoyed it so much) throughout the years. I still find Ruby a bit annoying but that's about all criticism I have today for the picture.
So my question is: I know OHMSS is a highly rated movie among Bond fans for quite some time (and originally I really wondered about it) and since there for sure are first-moment fans of this movie it definitely was long forgotten and not well-received during it's original run and also not for many years to come. However, today it appears to me as if it is a lot more appreciated also by people like me who at first did not know what to do with it.
Do you think the Craig movies influenced how we receive and appreciate the movie? Personally I saw it again during Christmas and I never enjoyed it more. Did I have to get older to appreciate it more - so it's more of an age thing than anything else?
I was not able to find out when this late appreciation of On Her Majesty's Secret Service started - I do compare it to Hitchcock's "Vertigo" at times - a highly rated and appreciated movie today it was long forgotten and a box office flop back in 1959.
What do you think?