Monday, November 04, 2013

Soderbergh's favorite Bond

Here's a great and somewhat out of the blue post by Steven Soderbergh on On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a film ahead of its time but also one doomed to semi-obscurity because it was George Lazenby's only turn as James Bond.
Also, Lazenby has a vulnerability that Connery never had—there are scenes in which he looks legitimately terrified and others in which he convinces us that he is in love with Tracy (particularly in the final scene), which brings us to another reason OHMSS is so distinctive—it’s the only Bond film with a female character that isn’t a cartoon, and the only film in which Bond is so completely frustrated with his bosses he wants and tries to quit. In fact, everything about the film suggests a reboot before the idea of rebooting was even in the air, much less fashionable (especially the ending, which you could never get away with today)

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