After the death of M, Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH and Le Chiffre, Bond thinks up the ultimate plan. That every agent will be named James Bond. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of baccarat, but all the Bonds get more than they can handle. Written by
Ian Hendry was cut out of this project. All that remains of his role is a dead body being removed. See more »
When Terence Cooper is being conditioned to resist women, Lorelei the skin diving girl is shown to be in front of him but in a long shot of Cooper, she can clearly be seen in the background behind him, yet in the next shot, she approaches him from the front. See more »
[In Mata's room]
Who are all these people?
They're the high priests of the temple. Okay, Fred, up it!
[a priest gets up and bows as he leaves]
What an extraordinary performance. They seem to treat you like some kind of goddess.
Well, I am the celestial virgin of the sacred altar.
Figuratively speaking, of course.
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The opening credit animation by Richard Williams parodies illuminated manuscripts with cartoon-style calligraphy. It sets the tone for the film as a psychedelic "knight's tale" of Sir James Bond. See more »
I highly recommend this film to anyone who is an aficionado of psychedelic or 1960's film/music/art. This was the most expensive psychedelic project of the entire era to my knowledge, in any format. The sets alone make the the feature worth seeing. Having a keen familiarity with the era and culture may not be enough to prepare one for appreciating this standout curiosity. One must also be widely versed in James Bond, novels and all, to understand much of the humor. That humor is set against an invisible backdrop of the unprecedented popularity of James Bond at the time. A degree of comfort with all things psychedelic is yet another requirement to fully digest this cinematic delight. Please note that this was a very "in" movie, to coin a phrase from the era, which also explains why "Casino Royale ('67)" receives unfavorable reviews. As this lavish production was targeted for the "in" crowd of that bygone era, it is only slightly more alien to the general public today. If you are "in", this high water mark of the era is an experience not to be missed.
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