when I went to see Peter Hunt’s filmed version of On Her
Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969 I found it was George
Lazenby’s slightly more youthful appearance, rather than his
portrayal, that I felt was all wrong. This was one of the very
later books in the Fleming canon and Bond is a lot older and
more world weary than he was say in CASINO ROYALE.
Likewise with EON’s series of films, Connery had also matured
in the part and, as has been said before, this could have been
his greatest acting achievement in the role of James Bond
In the end though this
can only be conjecture and supposition. What I have come to realise though
over time, and to a degree with my own maturing years, is that Peter Hunt
had made something very special when he directed this film, which I
now feel very strongly is a great tribute to Ian Fleming’s writing and
should be more admired by people than it actually is.
predecessor and friend before him Terence Young, Peter Hunt
introduced a great deal of style to his production and sought
to remain faithful as much as possible to Fleming’s original
story, this despite strong opposition from the money people at
United Artists. It also has one of the best actresses in the
role of a Bond Girl, Dame Diana Rigg.
poses atop the
Schilthorn Mountain at
Piz Gloria in 1969