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Parents Guide for
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6/10 During the opening credits, we see many female forms swimming under water all of which appear nude. These forms are solid black in color and silhouetted.

A woman rises from a bathtub (covered in a towel) and lifts Bond's shirt. The scene cuts to the two of them having sex. We see the top of Bond's chest and the woman's breasts.

A man wearing a bath robe (he is nude underneath) rubs the bare back of a naked woman whose breasts are covered with a sheet. We get a quick glimpse at the side of her breasts.

A woman showing a great deal of cleavage in her nightgown is laying on top of a man who removes her shoulder strap and says wouldn't you be more comfortable without this ?

Bond brings a woman into a steam room and removes her clothes, it is implied they have sex. We see a foggy glimpse of the woman's bear back and buttocks pressed up against the steamy glass.

Bond and a woman go behind a rock under the sea and we see bubbles rise from where they are, implying sex

A man and a woman (fully clothed) kiss passionately in bed. The woman's dress is revealing of her breasts and the man begins to remove a strap of her dress but they are interrupted by a knock at the door.

Rape is very briefly implied (it would go over a kid's head completely)

Women wear revealing clothing and bikinis throughout

"Love making" and mistresses is the topic of several conversations throughout the film

The opening sequence is of naked women swimming underwater

Bond and other men are seen in bathing suits (or shirtless) throughout the film


The film opens with a relatively rough fight scene, involving fist fighting. Bond is hit with a poker twice, but only gets bruised. He starts to strangle a man with a poker, before breaking his neck with it. The snapping sound is unrealistic.

A man's arm is lit on fire, but he is fine after the fire is put out.

A man is shot by a harpoon gun, impaling him onto a tree. No blood or wound is shown.

Bond is shot in the foot, and his enemies follow him by the bloodstains on the ground.

Bond is about to be shot, but he moves a female villain in the way of the bullet. She is shot, and we see some blood.

Underwater fight scenes involving punching, wrestling and people getting shot with harpoon guns and stabbed. Usually, there is no blood, but a few times, blood is seen. A man is stabbed with a harpoon in his eye through his goggles, but the image is brief and we do not see the wound or blood. Largo is shot in the back with a harpoon gun. Blood comes from the wound.

It's implied a man is eaten by sharks.

There are deaths, hand-to-hand combat sequences, and explosions.

A shark is shot with a rifle, so that Bond can safely enter the water while other sharks are occupied with the dead shark. The bullet hitting the shark is not shown; we only see the dead shark sinking, and some blood.


1 use of "hell" and 2 uses of "damn."


James Bond never lit a cigarette in this fourth installment of the film franchise, but plenty of others did light up, including five of the film's major stars. Fiona and Domino smoke cigarettes, and Largo smokes cigars. A few supporting characters hold cigarettes just once. Other persons smoke around a table in a casino.

Less than a handful of scenes with alcholic beverages.

It is mentioned that a female spy killed herself with a cyanide pill once she had been captured by enemies.

Two uses of poisonous gas.


A man burns his girlfriend with a cigarette, although you don't see it.

Some deaths. The underwater battle could be considered intense.

This would be the most intense James Bond film to date at its time.

A man is thrown into a shark pool. He struggles and screams. He is attacked by the sharks off-screen. We don't see his body, but we see some of the water turn red. At the time that this film was released, this was the most intense death in a Bond film.

While dancing with a female villain at a club, Bond is about to be shot. The music makes the scene very suspenseful. Bond moves the female villain in front of the bullet, saving himself.

A pilot in a sunken aeroplane on the sea floor cannot get out of his seat due to his seatbelt being stuck. One of his supposed allies comes along, but instead of helping him, he cuts the pilot's oxygen tube. The pilot struggles with his seatbelt desperately, but eventually drowns. TOTAL: 17/50

Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Brazil:12 / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:PG (video rating) / Finland:K-16 / Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) / Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) / Germany:12 (DVD rating) / Iceland:12 / Ireland:12 (DVD rating) / Ireland:PG (re-rating) (2012) / Japan:G (2015) / Netherlands:12 / Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) / Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) (2000) / Norway:16 (original rating) / Norway:15 (re-rating) / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:15 / Sweden:15 / UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) / UK:PG (tv rating) / UK:PG (video rating: additional material audio commentary) (2008) / UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1992) (2000) / USA:PG / USA:Approved (original rating) / USA:GP (re-rating) (1970) / West Germany:16 (nf)

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