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.
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!".
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.")
**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.