Glen's willingness to give the action sequences a certain weight and seriousness produces some genuinely exciting moments, yet his work is everywhere undermined by the flatness of the characterizations and the uncertain architecture of the plot.
Film's high points are the spectaccular aerial stuntwork marking both the pre-credits teaser and extremely dangerous-looking climax.
Bond had degenerated into a male model, and something of a genial anachronism.
The action sequences are tighter, the visual gags more inventive, and if the plot is no great shakes, the whole thing is served up with a decent approximation to the old panache.
Makes no pretense of being based on anything except the Ian Fleming character and the high good humor and wit of the film makers.
| Original Score: 3/5
There's a fine line between wit and absurdity, and this particular movie too often falls on the wrong side.
| Original Score: 2/4