10: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Previously in Books Read: Casino Royale.

So, as mentioned in the CR post, this book has the same provenance. The reason I picked up this one is because OHMSS is J’s favorite Bond movie. It’s also the only one that starred… yes! George Lazenby! Thus, it’s the controversial one and tends not to get the love that some of the other Bond movies (esp. ones starring Sean Connery) do. Wikipedia has a good round-up of opinions on this matter.

The major criticism of Lazenby seems to be that he’s wooden, which he kind of is, but… if you read the books, you realize James Bond is kind of a wooden character. Oh, sure, he comes up with the occasional wisecrack, but his core characteristic is that he’s excruciatingly methodical. I think because of the movies we have this image of Bond as this rash, devil-may-care risk-taker, whereas Original Bond is pretty much the opposite of that. He takes risks, but they’re always calculated.

It turns out that the film is a pretty faithful rendition of the book, so if you’ve seen the film, you know what happens in the book. I guess I’ve seen OHMSS a few too many times, because I kept picturing Lazenby-as-Bond while reading.

I think I’ve had my Bond fill for now, but I may read more in the future.