So far the concept of 007 Legends has a decent number of people interested in the project but learning that Moonraker was the first of five movies to be retold in the project left a lot of us scratching our heads. Among the many classic James Bond films that have been released the only list that Moonraker deserves to be on is those that rank the worst Bond films or the ones whose potential was never reached. Even with the knowledge that 007 Legends developer Eurocom would update the tale and it would feature Daniel Craig as 007, Moonraker was just an odd inclusion all around and was a bit of a sour note to kick the project off.
However disappointing the Moonraker reveal may have been, Activision has announced the second film that will be included in 007 Legends and thankfully this entry is considered a true Bond classic. The slightly underrated classic On Her Majesty’s Secret Service will be the second entry in 007 Legends. Known the most for being the first 007 film not to star Sean Connery, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service has the distinct honor of being one of the few Bond films that stays close to its source material and more importantly shows the human side of Bond in a rather surprising way.
In case you’ve never seen the movie or read the book, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service has James Bond investigating a Swiss based outpost which may or may not be planning to use women to ruin the food resources of various nations, thus crippling the countries until a ransom is a met. The plot may sound a bit goofy, but it was the second Bond film to feature Blofeld in a main role and it humanized Bond through his main love interest. It’s going to be interesting to see how Eurocom adapts the plot of OHMSS since it’s a more emotional Bond story and it also happens to be famous for the rather depressing ending it features.
Activision has yet to release any details on the OHMSS mission, but some screens were released which showcase Piz Gloria and some of the snow based action we can expect from the area. I don’t know if Eurocom will take a note from CoD and include some vehicle based segments or one that has players controlling Bond as he’s skiing, but it would be nice as OHMSS is known to have one of the best ski sequences featured in any of the Bond movies.
Unless the narrative is massively screwed up, I’m looking forward to seeing OHMSS adapted to fit the Craig era-Bond sensibilities as it could suit the more serious Bond we’re now accustomed to. Activision is still keeping mum about other key elements on 007 Legends such as the supporting cast, but we’ll likely learn more about that leading up to the October release of the game.
Stay tune for my E3 2012 impressions of 007 Legends in the next few days.