Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
United Kingdom, 1964. Eon Productions. Screenplay by based on the novel by Cinematography by Produced by Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Ken Adam. Costume Design by Elsa Fennell. Film Editing by Peter R. Hunt.
It took three films to get here, but this is where the birth of Bond-mania begins! Flashy cars, awesome gadgets, gorgeous gals and a supersexy spy with a devilishly winsome attitude are combined with Ken Adam’s glorious set design and Guy Hamilton’s stylish direction to create what is probably the best in the Bond franchise. This time agent 007 is sent from Miami to Switzerland and back to the U.S. again when his investigation of a gold smuggler (Gert Fröbe) leads him to suspect the possible robbery of Fort Knox, where the American gold reserve is kept under severe guard. Honor Blackman stars as one of the very best Bond girls, a chic lesbian airplane pilot named (appropriately enough) Pussy Galore, who gives Bond a good wrestle in the hay and ends up succumbing to his charms. My favourite aspect of this film is in the last third, when Bond saves the world just by being a great lay; this is classy entertainment if ever it existed!
Academy Award: Best Sound Effects