Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
United Kingdom, 1967. Eon Productions. Screenplay by Roald Dahl, additional story material by Harold Jack Bloom, based on the novel by Ian Fleming. Cinematography by Freddie Young. Produced by Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Ken Adam. Costume Design by Eileen Sullivan. Film Editing by Thelma Connell.
When an American spaceship disappears into what looks like a thieving Russian aircraft, the entire planet is on the brink of World War III unless British command headquarters can do something about it. Naturally, they put their top agent, swanky James Bond 007 (Sean Connery) on the job, and he is sent to Japan where the spaceship was last seen on a collision course towards Earth. Bond suspects that the evil SPECTRE organization is at the bottom of this, and must prove it before war actually breaks out and cripples the planet. After the disappointing Thunderball, this exciting adventure is a great throwback to the classier qualities of Goldfinger and Dr. No, unapologetically sexy and full of lots of ridiculous stunts and gadgets. Connery is still having a great time in the lead role, and the scenery of Japan is breathtaking. Alexander Knox, who was Oscar-nominated for his portrayal of Woodrow Wilson in 1944, here appears again as an American president.