supporting cast just end up standing around and sucking oxygen out of the room (the version of Felix Leiter we get here especially). Like *Live and Let Die*, it feels like a film with lots of genre promise but a mostly bungled payoff.
I find the first third well-done, everything from the faked funeral prologue to the arrival of the bandaged dead man at the resort. All of it seems well-paced, well-executed, full of atmosphere. But then the film kicks into what seems to be a familiar problem for a lot of these Bonds--it becomes irretrievably bloated. (Also: boring.) The penultimate scuba battle goes on. And on. And on. And too many of the
This was a monster BO smash, and in many ways its easy to see why. Connery's most physical turn as 007, some of the most beautiful Bond girls, one of the better storylines in all Bond movies, and plenty of top notch action scenes should equal this being the best of the series; however, the pacing is completely off, primarily because the filmmakers fell too in love with underwater shooting.
Features what might be one of the best moments in Bond history: Connery harpoons a man, then says "I think he got the point."
Surprised to see such a low average rating. This to me is the quintessential James Bond.
One of the purest Bond films, featuring an exotic locale, beautiful women, and once again Connery's vastly unappreciated physicality and mastery. Whether its his quick, lightening fast instinctual violence (when he skeet shoots) or the tender moment when he covers his eyes with shades as he exploits a woman's pain for his benefit, I remain deeply impressed by Connery's craft. The underwater battle remains a surreal highlight in the Bond franchise.
One of the all time best Bonds. Exciting, suspenceful with some great set pieces. Claudine Auger as Domino, Luciana Paluzzi a great femme fatale and the beautiful Martine Beswick in a small part. Usual series strengths from composer Barry, designer Ken Adam and director Young. Prefer "Russia" and "Goldfinger" but still so much better than the non-Connery Bond films.
the island charm infects this film and gives it a quality unlike any other Bond. Filled with so many unforgettable sights, exotic locales, a great villain, a driving plot, Young at the helm, Hunt editing, and one of John Barry's finest scores. This is what a Bond film used to be.