James Bond pursues a villain who has developed a biological warfare virus. It is capable of making infertile any living thing, and he is trying to blackmail the whole world into submission by infecting food crops. Telly Savalas is the bad guy – Blofeld, and a young Diana Rigg is the very cool chick – Countessa Teresa. George Lazenby is a one-timer James Bond. I found On Her Majesty’s Secret Service to be a reasonable entertainment spy film of the middlebrow variety. It had some breath-holding stunts and deadly events, but it is disturbing when no matter how squished or croaked the lead villain gets they always pop back to life in the next scene. Perhaps a little the worse for the inconvenience, but that only increases their dedication to violence. In that sense this film is like a Hollywood cartoon, and the story is told at about the same level of realism. Well, okay it is a spy movie, and it is James Bond, sort of.
As shallow as the story line is, not super shallow, perhaps mid-calf depth, it does have a redeeming value for my viewing interest because it acknowledges that there are people who will use massively deadly force upon the innocent public to gain a not very specific personal gain like absolute control of everything and everyone. Viewing this movie was another of my mind-broadening forays into the fictional man-made biological threat stories and it was endured to flesh out that theme. The goal is to understand what motivates people to create such things as the video game Plague Inc.. That was the Probaway Person of the Year 2013 and that game will possibly be the most memorable happening of the last 365 days.
Plague Inc. helps people to consider as a fun thing to do to murder every living human being, and thus cause the destruction of all future humans. This sophisticated game, created by a small team of artists and programmers, lays out a game plan of humanity’s destruction. It is like a modern shooter video game, but in this case the enemy to be destroyed is all humanity, and the goal is to subvert humanity’s efforts not to be exterminated. The player has no “skin in the game” as Nassim Taleb describes it, in that the player has nothing to lose when he destroys all humanity. Presumably the players are not human.
Blofeld, the evil genius of this movie, isn’t nearly so bad as this new video game and its players because his aim isn’t to destroy humanity, but to make them all his slaves. He finds beautiful women from all over the world, and hypnotizes them, makes them into his eager servants and then sends them throughout the world to spread his potent viruses. Even when this movie was made in 1969, the movie-going public was aware of evil scientists having the possibility of creating bio-weapons, and that real fear helped to make this movie a moderate box-office success.
Evil lives in the hearts of some men, and women too.