After the death of M, Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH and Le Chiffre, Bond thinks up the ultimate plan. That every agent will be named James Bond.
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First time I saw it I was young and it was on TV. I absolutely adored it. I didn't realize how messed up the continuity was. Now when I watch it I think of it as a series of similarly themed movies all put together into one package. The soundtrack to this movie is legendary as one of the best engineered albums of all time. I still to this day say "You'll have to pay the piper!".
**1/2. I certainly missed a lot of references to the James Bond films shot before Casino Royale but I liked the homage to The Wizard of Oz and to the German expressionist films of the 20's in the Berlin scene. Good entertaining value for a film that hopefully allowed John Huston to pay his taxes. Deborah Kerr is also great as the nymphomaniac Lady Fiona McTarry. Recommended.
A strange but incredibly entertaining mess of a movie. It's very uneven - no surprise given its troubled production which resulted in five directors - but several sequences achieve an inspired ridiculousness. A top-notch all-star cast and a great over the top score by Burt Bacharach.
The worst ever "James Bond" movie. A stupid parody so messed up and confusing that they needed five directors in order to finish it. I'm in sore need of a navigation map in order to understand this meaningless story. Orson Welles as the villain - acting as a magician - is the only good thing in the movie. A shame he never got to be in the official 007 movies and the dames are good-looking but that is all.
Enorme pastiche du film d'espionnage, une oeuvre totalement dingue et farfelue ponctuée à travers ses gags, de multiples références cinématographiques. Un délire visuel et sonore auquel, pour notre part, on n'adhère pas... www.cinefiches.com
Prodigiously wasteful, over-scaled, ridiculous in the extreme, absolute trash...and fun to watch. I still enjoy it after repeated viewings. Most of the performers are clearly having a lark and the fizzy score by Bacharach and David keeps it from
sinking. It reflects it's period for good or evil, but certainly a bit of both. (Watch for bath mate Angela Scoular as "Buttercup." She is also delicious in "OHMSS.")