Agent 007 must race to prevent a nuclear war between the superpowers when U.S. and Soviet manned spaceships are hijacked in Earth’s orbit. His dangerous mission takes him to Japan, where he battles the evil SPECTRE organization and its diabolical leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
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The usual superficial nonsense, albeit benefiting from exotica. What elevates this is the glorious set design and apex score. Adam’s celebrated volcanic lair is the standout, but he maintains a consistent melange of intimate bronzey Japonaiserie and brutalist ‘Strangelovian’ caverns throughout - never have silly gadgets been better accommodated. Barry’s score? Smoothly perfect - a soundtrack to carefree summer days.
Not a great film, not by a long shot - Connery seems pretty bored by the role and it's blatantly racist most of the time - BUT it is vintage Bond, with a killer theme song and SPECTRE's secret base hidden in a freakin' volcano.
This is one of the more interesting entries into the Bond franchise. It's pretty cool to see Sean Connery navigate his way through Japan and Donald Pleasance as Blofeld, what more could you want from a Bond film.