I’m a few days late but last week the NY Times pointed out that it has been 50 years since the release of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. As it happens, this is my favorite James Bond film though I’m a bit surprised to find that there are apparently a lot of fans who agree:
What’s the best James Bond film?
The odds are on “Goldfinger,” the 1964 entry that set the big-screen 007 pattern for outsize plots, lavish sets, beautiful women, clever gadgets and frequent laughs.
But among Bond purists, the winner is the often overlooked “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” released 50 years ago this month…
Not widely appreciated at first, “OHMSS” has won increasing respect over five decades. Devotees hail its deft, action-packed direction (by Peter Hunt), smart script (by Richard Maibaum), music both dynamic and romantic (by John Barry) and mastermind criminal scheme (brainwashed young women unwittingly conducting germ warfare).
“Shot to shot, this movie is beautiful in a way none of the other Bond films are,” the director Steven Soderbergh blogged in 2013. Moreover, it is “the only Bond film with a female character that isn’t a cartoon.”
Soderbergh isn’t alone. Director Christopher Nolan told interviewers in 2010 that Inception was partly inspired by OHMSS: