Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom, 1969. Eon Productions. Screenplay by Richard Maibaum, additional dialogue by Simon Raven, based on the novel by Ian Fleming.Cinematography by Michael Reed. Produced by Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Syd Cain. Costume Design by Marjory Cornelius. Film Editing by John Glen.
Excellent Bond adventure stars George Lazenby in his only outing as the dashing 007. After saving a beautiful young woman (Diana Rigg of The Avengers) from committing suicide, James Bond is asked by her crime-lord father (Gabriele Ferzetti) to marry her in order to keep her safe from harm. At first, Bond agrees only as an excuse to get closer to the evil Blofeld, whom he plans on taking out once and for all, but eventually he finds himself growing truly fond of the young woman. The thrilling action sequences in this film are among the film’s best, and the plot moves along quite steadily without bogging down for a moment. Lazenby isn’t as effortlessly dashing as Sean Connery was, but he holds his own in the role and would have done fine had he been given more opportunities to play the part. Look for a very young Joanna Lumley as a Bond girl.