Last night Mrs. Maister and I watched 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.... it's that one . You know, the one made after Sean Connery quit and before Roger Moore started. Bond was played by George Lazenby (for both the first and last time). I bet I hadn't seen 'Majesty's' in over 20 years, but after watching last night I am convinced that this movie more than any other is the true inspiration behind the Austin Power's movies. Yep, we have an evil baldy mad scientist played by Telly Savales; a uni-browed German Frau henchperson; Bond gets laid 3 times in one evening at one-hour intervals; there is even a momentary scene where we see a midget on screen; the story is implausible as hell ('Majesty' cannot claim much credit for being unique or even first in this regard, though).
The funny thing about the flick is that here's a movie that impacts/defines the Bond character more than any other - Bond gets married and his wife gets killed on their wedding day. Yet Mr. Lazenby seems to be universally reviled as the worst Bond ever. The thing is, I don't think the guy really did that bad of a job. Personally, I believe the weakest Bond was Roger Moore. I think Lazenby caught a lot of flack because he was the first to play Bond after Connery. I don't think audiences were ready to accept a new Bond no matter who played him at the time.
On the whole I place 'Majesty' in the bottom quartile, but for reasons other than acting.