Born and raised in France, British director Guy Harrison learned his craft as an assistant director apprenticing with the likes of Julien Duvivier (“Anna Karenina” 1948), Carol Reed (“The Fallen Idol” 1948, “Outcast of the Islands” 1951), Orson Welles (“The Third Man” 1949) and John Huston (“The African Queen” 1951). A competent craftsman, he showed early promise with “Manuela/The The Stowaway Girl” (1957) and “A Touch of Larceny” (1961), both of which he co-scripted. But time revealed him to be at his best with spy movies such as the underrated “Funeral in Berlin” (1966) and his four James Bond pictures. Hamilton helmed the superb “Goldfinger” (1964) and reteamed with Sean Connery’s Bond for “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971). In 1973 and 1974, he guided Roger Moore through his paces in Moore’s first attempts at playing 007 in “Live and Let Die” and “The Man with the Golden Gun”. Hamilton’s work in the series demonstrated clearly the director’s economy and cynical wit. Following his Bond… read more
Connery may have been back but only for the paycheck in this insulting entry to the series. The four years had not been kind to Connery who came back a little greyed and with a few extra pounds. After the interesting previous film (that tanked) back was the comicbook heroics and silly one liners and double entredees. Jill St. John though easy on the eyes is just terrible here as is Gray's take on Blofield. Dated.
One of the best Bond films was immediately followed by one of the worst. It's tough to blame Connery for the cash grab, and while he doesn't necessarily call it in he certainly gives his least inspired turn as 007. There is almost no chemistry between Connery and Jill St. John, and she is curiously asked to carry the film through a lot of segments. Feels not at all like a Bond film at times.
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