Step back in time to the late 1960s, when Sean Connery resigned from playing James Bond, producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli decided to gamble and doubled down with an untested director and an unknown star and came up with the crown jewels: On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Based on years of research, hundreds of interviews, and exclusive access to the archives of aStep back in time to the late 1960s, when Sean Connery resigned from playing James Bond, producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli decided to gamble and doubled down with an untested director and an unknown star and came up with the crown jewels: On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Based on years of research, hundreds of interviews, and exclusive access to the archives of author Ian Fleming, screenwriter Richard Maibaum, and director Peter Hunt, this inside look features never-before-published script details, storyboards, production documents, interviews, memos, marketing material, call sheets, and hundreds of rare, behind-the-scenes photographs of the cast and crew, including sequences and entire sets not seen in the film. From novel to script to screen, this book details the incredible journey of making the most unique entry in the James Bond film series, the longest running, most successful film franchise in history. This is not the white-washed "authorized" story, but the real story....
|Title||:||The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service|
|Number of Pages||:||290 Pages|
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The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service Reviews
I started to read this book WAAAAAAY back in February 2013, got up to about page 40, then put it down to gather dust for well over a year before I decided to clear down my "currently reading" list and pick it back up again.Rather than try and pick up where I left off, I jumped back to the start and really started to rattle through the pages in the limited spare time I have to read. What surprised me was just how enjoyable and interesting it is. Whilst the simplistic design and the heavy handed plot changes/descriptions between drafts take some getting into, once you're used to the style, it really is a very enjoyable read.Helfenstein's writing style is very conversational and easy to read, he's loaded the books with quotes, comments, anecdotes, facts and figures and has somehow managed to achieve the seemingly impossible, create a unique and niche book about James Bond.That's right. Not one decent 'making of' book exists about the Lazenby starring Bond flick, OHMSS and this book fills that void as an absolute gem of information, behind the scenes pictures and interviews. Charles Helfenstein has created such an in depth and enjoyable book based on one of the lesser known and lesser celebrated James Bond adventures and it has really come up trumps. Recommended for all fans of the Bond movies.
First off, the book suffers from a bit of poor proof-reading, reference control and editing, leading to quite a lot of grammatical and spelling errors, naming a Danish movie poster Swedish and paragraphs cut in mid-sentence by multiple pages of photographs, often with extensive legend text, or even lengthy interviews throughout the entire book.Disregarding this, it is a work of love but even so quite objectively presenting the bad with the good. A great collection of facts and also pictures not seen anywhere else.
Only for those obsessed by this movie, it contains a wealth of information and an amazing collection of stills, posters, and memorabilia.
I decided to read Charles Helfenstein's book on the making of OHMSS because I had used its initial chapter on the Fleming novel in a blog piece I wrote about the Fleming book (which you could find here:https://jackl0073.wordpress.com/2015/...) . I found the information he obtained to be so fascinating that I decided to go ahead and read the rest of the book, which is the most detailed and expansive resource on the 1969 James Bond film available. With interviews and extensive research, Helfenstein created the definitive document covering every aspect of On Her Majesty's Secret Service from Fleming's conception and inspirations behind the novel to every step of pre-production and screen treatments dating back to 1964 (5 years before the film debuted) to the casting, production, marketing, and release of the 1969 film. Everything a Bond fan could possibly want to investigate regarding OHMSS is here. Both the novel and the 1969 film of OHMSS represent some of the highest level of excellence and brilliance within the Bond franchise. Peter Hunt, who directed the film, wanted to not only make "the best Bond film ever," he also wanted to be faithful to Fleming's novel and conception of the Bond character. With George Lazenby making his acting debut as James Bond replacing Sean Connery, Peter Hunt had an enormous challenge ahead of him. Though many Bond fans are divided about this film, I think Peter Hunt's adaptation stands as one of the best film adaptations of Fleming's work on the big screen.
A fantastic, well researched book into the making of the second-best Bond film ever (best of course is From Russia With Love). Full of interesting detail and images, taking one though the whole process from pre-production to post-production and beyond. This book is a life's work from Mr Helfenstein (good name for a Bond villain!), and he's put in an enormous amount of effort. Reading how the film is made from script re-writes to casting and then shooting, you sometimes wonder how any feature film actually gets made. This is a brilliant insight into the making of film and should interest not only Bond fans but anyone interested in modern cinema.