Book Vs Movie
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
The 1964 Ian Fleming Novel Vs the 1969 Film Featuring George Lazenby
The Margos are feeling shaken and not stirred talking again about Ian Fleming and his most famous character–James Bond. For this episode, we are covering On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (OHMSS) which was published in 1963 and the 1969 adaptation starring Australian George Lazenby who remains the youngest Bond ever cast and he stands out as having only played the part for one film.
In OHMSS, (the second in a “Blofeld Trilogy”) James Bond seems to have matured and has even decided to enter a monogamous relationship with Contessa Tracy who comes from an unusual background. This is a more emotional Bond who wants to be a hero to Tracy and even turns down a $1million dowry from her father (Draco) because his feelings for her are sincere.
In the meantime, Bond fights bad guys, meets a group of brainwashed women, skis to the rescue and gets married. All of this action is matched with a movie that only received fair reviews at the time but is now seen as one of the better 007 films.
In this episode, we talk about the many differences between the original book & the movie to decide which we like better.
In this ep the Margos discuss:
- The backstory of Ian Fleming
- The basic differences between book & movie
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service trailer
- George Lazenby at BAFTA Tribute to James Bond in 2002 (with Michael Parkinson)
- George Lazenby’s first scene as Bond
- Outro music “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” composed by John Barry.
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