Christmas With 007: ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (United Artists 1969)

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(Okay, so technically ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE isn’t a Christmas Movie. But neither is DIE HARD, though many consider it to be because it’s set during the holiday season. Well, so is this film, and it’s as close as you’ll get to a James Bond Christmas Movie, so I’m gonna go with that!)

ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE was the first Bond film to not star Sean Connery . Instead, newcomer George Lazenby was given the plum role of 007. Lazenby was a model whose claim to fame was a British TV commercial for a chocolate bar; despite having virtually zero acting experience, producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli offered him an audition and gave him the part. Critics of the time derided Lazenby’s performance, more due to the fact that he wasn’t Sean Connery than anything else. Looking back on the film, he isn’t bad at all; he handles the…

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Music Video of the Day: Night Mail by Public Service Broadcasting (2013, dir by Rob Hackett)

For today’s music video of the day, we have Public Service Broadcasting’s Night Mail.

Both the song and the video were inspired by a 1936 British documentary called Night Mail.  The documentary (clips of which are seen in the video) was a 21-minute film about a night in the lives of the London to Glasgow nightly postal train and the people who staffed it.

All in all, it’s a nicely atmospheric video from one of my favorite groups.