I used to loathe this film but I've come around and learned to appreciate it now. This is due in large part to John Barry's score - some of the most swooning and romantic music I've ever heard in a film, and certainly one of the best soundtracks of his career. He will be missed.
The thing is, Moore actually gives a good and relatively serious performance. The story goes over the top to match Star Wars. Modern audiences ridicule it beyond anything, but it is still one of the most successful Bond films. It doesn't get ridiculous until we actually go into space. This film deserves watching if only for Bond getting thrown out of a plane without a parachute. At least 007 isn't in a clown outfit.
The only thing that's stopping this from getting a deserved 5 stars is the use of the worst stunt double in cinema history in the opening sky-diving bit and Jaws' babyface turn. Otherwise, a total bloody blast.
It ranks up there among the silliest, funniest and most entertaining of pre-resurgence Bond films. A far cry from the current crop in terms of stylistic finesse, but it does have something the Daniel Craig offerings sorely lack: the irresistible sense of the absurd inherent to the machinations of the preposterous plot and the colorful characters.
Bond jumps on the Star Wars bandwagon, delaying For Yours Eyes Only to take a trip in to outer space. It’s the biggest ‘pushing of the boundaries’ of the whole Bond concept but visits to Venice and Rio de Janiero provide nice backdrops for memorable scenes. It all gets a bit too Stormtrooper in the ill-conceived final scene, but I’ve seen worse Bonds.