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As any hardcore fan of the TV series knows, no actress was ever going to be able to fill the tights of icons like Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg. The producers should have known such fans would provide not an instant audience but an army of instant deplorers many of whom notoriously refused to even see the movie. What idiot producer then provides not just one unacceptable Uma, but adds a second unacceptable Uma in the bargain (Uma's dual role as both Emma Peel and nemesis)? Poor Uma never stood a chance, given she is a notoriously verveless actress especially compared to Diana Rigg. Uma turned out to be much more suited to originating roles that she was capable of playing (see Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill). As bad an idea as casting Thurman (or anyone in a film that shouldn't have been made), there was a great idea in casting Connery as the Bondian villain and this was the only potential drawing power the film really had (it was the only reason I went to see it!). Connery appears to be having the time of his life portraying the essence of maniacal glee. The script is awful, even if the science is not gibberish it's delivered at such breakneck speed it comes off as such. The actors spout dialogue at each other to zero reaction, like each one is occupying a separate room. Fiennes is credible in the action scenes, but otherwise is so bland as to blend into the wallpaper. If Patrick MacNee had feared being outdone in the role, they turned out to be groundless. If you actually need a reason to watch this, there are a few good moments reminiscent of Peel-era idiosyncratic oddball Avengers style moments, such as the Spectre-like villains meeting at a round table disguised as different colored teddy bears.
saw this in the original theater release and many times since. I like it only marginally better than that first viewing. Best pre-title sequence ever of course. Apparently I'm one of the few people who despises the title song. Marks the first film with bad Maurice Binder titles and getting even worse from there (what's the deal with all the gymnastics, some kinda Nadia ComÄneci fetish?). Hamlisch score is the epitome of disco sucks and that much more anachronistic 40 years later. Barbara Bach is so disinterested in her role, that much harder to watch in every repeated viewing. Moore's performance redeems some of it but not all. I also did not think much of Jaws, who became so popular they decided to needlessly bring him back for the next one, and make a mockery of him too. Now reading back what I just wrote, I like the film even less. Oh well!
I saw this in original theater release. Much as I wanted to like it there are too many letdowns. I have watched it many times since but here are my original personal impressions confirmed by repeated viewings: the "funhouse" scenes are just stoopid. As great as Moore was in his first outing (Live and Let Die), here he is almost grimmer than Craig (whose thuggish uncool anti-charming portrayals I despise). The return of Sheriff Pepper is idiotically contrived and pandering to the audience loving him in the previous film. I love Britt Eklund in the bikini and her character is supposed to annoying, which I guess makes it overall a good acting job. Some of the best scenery ever given to a Bond film is marred by all this. M's office in the sunken ship is freaking great, as is most of the martial arts school scene, and finally finally finally John Barry finally apologized for using the stoopid whistle during the groundbreaking car stunt scene
the perfect 007 film only because From Russia With Love lagged a bit too long on the train sequence. My only personal quibble is the stupid "appealed to her maternal instinct" line near the end takes away from the total experience. Will never forget that great summer in 1972 when the first six 007s were re-released to theaters in two sets of triple-features, my first experience of them because my parents said I was too young for the first go-round. The first 007 film I saw was Diamonds Are Forever in original theater release, and I thought that was freaking great until I saw these other six
not much to say about this except Goldie Hawn was perfect and probably deserved the Oscar she got. I was 13 years old in 1969 and never had much interest in watching this until it showed up on Amazon Prime. Great nostalgia piece for the 60s whether you lived it or are interested in it. All those record covers at the record store, wow! Today if you did something like that you'd probably have to pay some kind of copyright fee for each and every one. Some familiar music in the club dancing scenes turn out to be Quincy Jones versions of Monkees, To Sir With Love, a couple others. Turns out these versions were even on the official soundtrack album. Unfortunately every scene that doesn't include Hawn is pretty ho-hum