On Her Majesty's Secret Service I recall to be pretty good, but haven't seen it for about 20 years
However you confirm my suspicion that nostalgia is the only reason people like Moore. The Bond franchise you like is a caricature of the true origin tailored for campy 70s and 80s audiences.
Game, set, and match.
Secondly :lol, maths please. 25/30ish years (1977-2002 being from TSWLM to DAD, and the 30 being from 1977-2006 if I include the 4 year period from '02 to '06 where my Bond was still alive :lol), actually spans 4 decades, not 2. 70's, 80's, 90's & 00's.
If all the Bonds of those 25/30 years were caricatures, well, someone, somewhere screwed up really badly .... and it wasn't me :lol. I just watched them and loved them.
Tennis is for the refined and sophisticated .... like Moore.
I don't know who killed your Bond but I cheered him on and then put a few bullets in the corpse to make sure he was dead. :lol
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Watch it again.
I watched it from start to finish for the first time in over 30 years recently...
I think I would prefer to watch all the Halle Berry Die Another Day scenes back to back for 24 hrs straight than subject myself to OHMSS again!
George Lazenby is no actor (was a model from Australia) and it shows. He definitely has the rugged looks of James Bond, but that is where it ends. He was like a birthday cake made out of cardboard. Dalton did a better job to me.
The film itself is too long, and too convoluted; so much so I fell asleep after the first hour and had to pick up the rest the following night. I also had to spoon feed myself as to what was going on by looking up the plot on Wiki.
The fisticuffs fights scenes suffer from an undercranked camera to make it appear everyone is throwing punches at normal (fast) speed- it doesn't work; it blatantly looks sped up on purpose. The fights also have a bit of frenetic editing that I thought was a flaw that only occurred in modern films.
Not to mention there is a distinctive 60s vibe to the film that isn't as prevalent to me in the previous installments. The clothing, the sets and especially the misogyny- seeing Bond slap Diana Rigg across the face simply because she wasn't obeying him is a bit shocking to watch these days.
Really the whole film felt like an Austin Powers movie trying to take itself seriously.
The only decent scene occurs after Bond has "nearly" escaped after the ski chase, and has to hide out from the henchmen at the skating rink. He looks defeated pulling his collar up around his cheeks in a last ditch attempt to hide his face and hope he isn't spotted (he actually looks scared)- only to be rescued by Rigg. Telly Savalas does make an intimidating Blofeld though. The bobsled chase was good... however (like most of the film for me) it just went on too long!
The epilogue with Rigg's death... I remember this scene much differently when seeing it as a child on television in the late 70s (as the Sunday afternoon movie). I remember it being good.
It was painful to watch today. Bond's line "She's just having a rest." instantly made me think of Monty Python's "Dead Parrot" skit which destroyed it all for me. Lazenby doesn't overact... or underact... he's just no actor at all. Not to mention he's supposed to be delivering these lines to a motorcycle cop who has stopped to see what the trouble is about (with a car riddled with bullets from a drive-by); the cop says nothing the entire time.
Spy Who Loved Me certainly was the best of the Moore Bonds; although I do have a soft spot for Man with the Golden Gun:
1- no giant battle at the end, just Bond and his wits against Scaramaga.
2- Christopher freakin' Lee!
3- Herve Villechaize!
Ah the gadgets! Sometimes they are used to great effect (Goldfinger's DB5)... but mostly they became Bond's "Get out of Jail Free Card."
It can be a good thing when a gadget is used by Bond to help himself out of a jam, by using it in a way NOT as it was originally intended for (in other words Bond is improvising)...
However the gadgets are best when they are not used at all! Picture Bond going for his gadget... and it hopelessly falls down an elevator shaft! Now Bond must rely on his wits and determination alone to succeed! This is how you create drama and tension- not by having a device to free Bond. One of Bond's best "escapes" was talking Goldfinger into sparing his life (and manhood). The glorious DB5 certainly couldn't help him out of that one!
It's funny how these movies used to truly entertain me, however they haven't aged that well.
Of the Craig films I've watched Casino Royale and Skyfall. Casino was okay, but I much prefer Skyfall. And it definitely took me a while to accept Craig as Bond. He's more like The Terminator to me- a bull in a China shop.
Frankly I liked Dalton's take on Bond as well and think Living Daylights is a fine installment in the Bond saga- it definitely beats over half the Moore films, and a couple of the Connery films.
Be fair. NOBODY wants to watch Die Another Day again.
I think some of your criticisms are fair, but I think their impact on the viewer really depends on the viewer.
That said, I didn't find the film to be convoluted. It's long, certainly, but it's fairly straightforward in its plot.
As for the 60s vibe, I think that the film doesn't just have a 60s vibe, but rather a LATE 60s vibe
What I appreciate about OHMSS is how different it feels from the later Connery romps and the Moore era, and its sense of Bond as fallible and vulnerable. Really, I think the story itself is the winning aspect of OHMSS, in spite of its other failings.
You may want to reevaluate For Your Eyes Only, which is, to me, a more "Cold War" era Moore film, and is one of the few films in which he exhibits anything that might qualify as ruthlessness or gravitas. It also has relatively subdued humor for the Moore era.
I suppose it depends on what you mean by "aged well."
As for Craig, I think they want him to appear a bull in a china shop, and that's by design -- and far more in keeping with the literary version of Bond (which I like).
Everyone I discuss this with says this about Craig being closest to literary Bond (with the exception of my Mother, who read all the books, and says early Connery captured him best)... Unfortunately I've never read the books. So while I might be leaning in the same camp as Alan, I still don't believe "Bond" is dead to me, he just evolved with the times. I'm ready for Quantum of Solace which I haven't watched yet (although my expectations aren't "too" high as I've heard it's the weakest of the Craig movies). I "do" like Craig as Bond and look forward to him in Bond 24.
I have read all of the books and agree with your mother. I think the biggest reason the early Connery movies captured the book Bond the best was because Ian Fleming was still alive and had some say in how the character was portrayed. He also met with Connery and this would only have helped Connery's take on what Bond should be like. You can actually see when the movies started to change after Fleming died in 1964 even though it was a slow change at first.
IMO the Bond franchise has been forced to evolve by about 3 big things:
1. Austin Powers made lots of classic Bond stuff look ridiculous.
Don't brush this one off - most younger people have probably seen more of AP than classic Bond. And they probably saw AP first.
2. Jason Bourne showed a realistic take on Bond.
Yes, Bond's niche is lighter & more fun than Bourne. But still, the influence of Bourne is tough to un-learn.
3. Bond's old gadgets used to be a much easier sell.
They traditionally occupied a tech-gap somewhere between "not yet invented" and "obviously impossible". But that gap has gotten radically smaller than it was 40-50 years ago. The audience has grown up with more real gadgets. And they understand much more about what is possible or not.