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Nowt wrong? It's got more plot holes than a string vest, a lazy, 'I'm only here for the money' performance from Big Sean, a limp finale, and Blofeld in drag FFS!
The fact that George was taken from us in his prime and we never got to see him grow fat and old or get given woeful scripts a la DAF and TMWTGG makes us see things through slightly rose tinted glasses.
George was awesome in OHMSS with Peter Hunt pulling out all the stops in directing one of the best Bond scripts of all time. Everyone involved with OHMSS was on the top of their game but with DAF I dont think theres anyone who worked on it who could hand on heart say they put in 110%. Pitch an inexperienced and not particularly popular (with the public) actor into this environment and can we be sure that a Laz DAF would be significantly better?
We're all assuming that George signing on for another picture means DAF automatically becomes a gritty revenge driven epic but with the decreased box office for OHMSS theres every chance that Cubby and Harry wouldve been wary of going down the serious route again and the DAF we wouldve ended up with would not have been that much different.
"Much as I love George and OHMSS I think there is a definite Marilyn Monroe/Hendrix/Jim Morrison thing going on here." - Totally! But that's what makes it so cool. There has to be something in the series that is slightly different, which appeals to cult enthusiasts. It's all part of the charm of the series. I'm a number #1 fan of the Lazenby cult!
Lets just hope SF is as good as CR and then he'll be on course to be oneof the best ever. It does seem to me that with CR and SF everyone involved is desperate to do everything they can to make the best film possible.
Dont think you could say this about YOLT, DAF and most of Rog and Brozzas tenures.
You don't think Craig has a perfect batting average at this point? If Skyfall ends up being as good as I think and hope his first 3 films could rival Connery's.
BTW I have George Lazenby a spot in the "Special Thanks" credits and it got a big laugh out of the audience. Im happy to see a general audience knows who he is.
A comedy act? I wouldn't say that at all. Take such scenes like the interrogation of Andrea Anders in TMWTGG, sending Locque to his death in FYEO, shooting Stromberg four flippin' times at the end of TSWLM (two to the "you know where"), threatening to kill Rosie if she didn't talk in LALD, racing all over Germany to defuse the atomic bomb in OP, eliminating Drax's tree sniper in MR, or virtually any scene with Max Zorin in AVTAK.
Tough S.O.B. - not really. His fight sequences fail to convince, and Rog didn't like the rough stuff anyway that's why the films went with the more jokey feel to them. He gave his version of the character, but for me it's not Bond. Having said that I still would rather watch a Moore Bond film than some of the crap that's put out as entertainment these days! (Transformers for instance!).
I agree with this sentiment. I adore Fleming, I mean I think the original novels are unsurpassable, but I do think a lot of fans get bogged down in the cinematic Bond having to be faithful at all costs to his original vision.
At the end of the day the most enduring and popular characters in history are those that are versatile and malleable, a creative mind can step in and deliver their vision of the character. I'm not suggesting this is high art, God no. The Moore and Brosnan incarnations may not be to everyone's taste but I don't think you can discount them. 'Bond' is constantly evolving and I would argue that without Brosnan to counterbalance Craig, CR would never have had the impact it did. So if you do hate Brosnan then at least you have that to thank him for.
I like your argument - but most of the things you mention were done tongue-in-cheek, sending Sandor to his death 'what a helpful chap', the only truly Bondian bit is in FYEO (my joint fav Moore Bond) the aforementioned killing of Locque and Moore had to be pushed into doing it by director Glenn.
I don't have a big downer on Roger - most of my formative Bonds were his, I just don't think the films he was in were particularly good. And for me he just isn't Bond. But I'll still keep watching - got all the Blu-rays to go through in October!
I think the film would have had a more serious tone and Lazenby would have been fine. They would have gone to the light hearted shytt in his third outting, LALD...
I've always thought that Roger was truly 007, just like Pierce Brosnan. The two of them are my favorite Bond actors for many a reason. Moore might have his scenes now and then where a face-palm is necessary, like that scene with May Day or the Bondola crud in Moonraker (my least favorite of Moore's), but all things considered, he's quite effective in the role of Bond. He can go from light-hearted and jovial to detective to Mr. suave and classy to a cold-blooded weapon in seconds. There's a lot of variety with Roger that some Bond actors could never pull off.
1. On Her Majesty's Secret Services (1969) (clips from the film and the featurettes, also audio)
2. Stoner (1974)
3. Cover Girls (TV Movie) (1977)
4. Death Dimension (1978)
5. B.J. & The Bear (TV Series) - A Coffin With A View (1979) (footage and audio)
6. The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. - The Fifteen Years Later Affair (TV Movie) (1983)
7. The Master (TV series) - Hostages (1984)
8. Cover Up (TV Series) - Jack Of Spades (1985)
9. Never Too Young To Die (1986)
10. Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Diamonds Aren't Forever (Audio Only) (1989)
Originally I also used a scene from "Evening in Byzantium" (TV Movie) (1978), but couldn't quite get the scene to work, so cut it out.
I'm intrigued by this one scene in the trailer- where Lazenby has a guy at knife or gunpoint (it's very dark) and he says: 'I want the truth-- and when I'm convinced that you're telling it, this'll all be over.'
What movie was that from? He's really dark in that scene! Almost reminded me of Dalton in LTK! Man, Lazenby in DAF.... what an unfortunate missed opportunity.
And Blofeld must've been Terry Savalas of course! A proper sequel to OHMSS!
What started out as a mysterious and powerful adversary eventually degenerated into an absurd and ridiculed figure, or character
But you're right, it's so inconsistent that the theories proposed by some members are requiered (like the two clones hyphothesis and the two timelines lemma).