On Her Majesty's Secret Service

It’s a shame the whole George Lazenby thing didn’t work out. Today a 007 footnote, he bridged the Sean Connery and Roger Moore eras in his single turn as James Bond. Not the greatest actor in the series (which isn’t saying much), he robustly inhabits the role in a picture that is, ironically, one of the best and most tender of the pre-Daniel Craig franchise. Diana Rigg is here a very equal co-star, no mere Bond girl, as the woman who wins 007’s heart. Telly Savalas plays the bald, evil nemesis holed up in the Swiss Alps, where a ski chase, snowy car chase, and a memorable toboggan-run fist fight make this a genuinely exciting spy movie wrapped around a plausible love story. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by the very subpar Hitchcock thriller Topaz (1969), starring Paul Newman. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

July 31-Aug. 6, 9:15 p.m., 2009

 
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