James Bond 50: Beach Brawl


As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.

There is much to say about the sixth film in the franchise. Marking the first time a new actor took over the role of James Bond, the movie was maligned in some quarters but its reputation is stronger now. Action-filled, funny and a lot more emotional than most Bonds, this film is one of the series’ best. I could have chosen some of the ski action, or that sensational ending… but I’m going for the opening sequence instead, where George Lazenby is brilliantly introduced as the new 007. The scene gives him a chance to be sexy, charming, dangerous… and recognizes the fact that there is a new Bond in a pretty risky way.

My 2006 review of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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