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Operation Kid Brother (1967)

OK Connery (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Thriller | 20 April 1967 (Italy)
The evil crime syndicate Thanatos is bent on taking over the world, using a magnetic wave generator that will cause all metal-based machinery to grind to a halt. However, the well-known ... See full summary »

Director:

Alberto De Martino

Writers:

Paolo Levi (story), Paolo Levi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Connery ... Dr. Neil Connery
Daniela Bianchi ... Maya Rafis
Adolfo Celi ... Mr. Thai - 'Beta'
Agata Flori Agata Flori ... Mildred
Bernard Lee ... Commander Cunningham
Anthony Dawson ... Alpha
Lois Maxwell ... Max
Yachuco Yama Yachuco Yama ... Yachuko
Franco Giacobini Franco Giacobini ... Juan
Ana María Noé ... Lotte Krayendorf
Guido Lollobrigida Guido Lollobrigida ... Kurt
Francesco Tensi Francesco Tensi ... Auctioneer
Margherita Horowitz Margherita Horowitz ... (credit only)
Enzo Consoli Enzo Consoli ... Sitting Man at Lecture (as Vincenzo Consoli)
Mirella Pamphili ... (as Mirella Pompili)
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Storyline

The evil crime syndicate Thanatos is bent on taking over the world, using a magnetic wave generator that will cause all metal-based machinery to grind to a halt. However, the well-known British secret agent normally assigned to such tasks isn't available, so they engage his civilian brother, Neil, to help. Neil, played by Neil Connery, is a world-class plastic surgeon, hypnotist, and lip-reader, which turn out to be precisely the skills required for thwarting Thanatos. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Such close friends... such beautiful enemies... See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

20 April 1967 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Kid Brother See more »

Filming Locations:

Monaco See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Dawson and Adolfo Celi play Alpha and Beta to the evil criminal organization, Thanatos, in this film, respectively. In the classic James Bond film series, the former played #1, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, whilst the latter portrayed #2, Emilio Largo, to the evil worldwide crime syndicate SPECTRE. In this film, Dawson's face is clearly seen, whilst in the Bond series it was purposefully hidden. See more »

Goofs

Dr Connery is referred to repeatedly as Scottish, however his character is voiced (or rather dubbed) with an American accent. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Neil Connery: It's going to blow up soon. Maybe even tomorrow. With you on board.
Maya: You read too many novels by Fleming.
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Crazy Credits

The "Operation Double 007" print ends with the credit: "Released through United Artists." UA was the company that released the James Bond film franchise, too. See more »

Connections

Edited into Operation: Secret Agents, Spies & Thighs (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Se chiami amore
Lyrics by Audrey Nohra
Music by Bruno Nicolai and Ennio Morricone
Sung by Maria Cristina Brancucci
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Better than Casino Royale
18 August 2002 | by 23skidoo-4See all my reviews

I was expecting the worst when I found a copy of "Operation Double 007" (one of the many alternative titles for this film) in a bargain video rack for a dollar. But I didn't get the worst -- I got a surprisingly OK film.

Neil Connery, Sean's little brother, is indeed a dead ringer for his sibling. The only major difference is Neil sports a beard, in keeping with his character, a plastic surgeon. As far as acting goes, he has many of Sean's mannerisms down pat, but in the print I saw his voice was badly dubbed by an American (even though his character is clearly said to be Scottish), so I cannot pass judgment.

The story is a pastiche of Bond films past, such as Thunderball, a similarity driven home by the fact the main villain in both this movie and Thunderball is played by Adolfo Celi, one of a number of 007 veterans who somehow managed to get involved in this bizarre Italian production. Anthony Dawson (another 007 vet -- he was Dent in Dr. No and also provided the body for Blofeld in From Russia With Love and Thunderball) plays a Blofeld clone named Alpha, another apparent nod to Thunderball.

Bernard Lee (Bond's M) and Lois Maxwell (the first and best Moneypenny) appear in very similar roles in this file, EXCEPT that Maxwell's character gets a lot more action here. Fans of Moneypenny will love seeing her mowing down bad guys with a machine gun, and she even kidnaps another character! Bernard Lee, meanwhile, gets to show some of his comedy skills. Both actors do a good job here, and for the record they weren't overdubbed.

For me, the real pleasure in this movie is a rare chance to see Daniela Bianchi. Five years after seducing 007 in From Russia with Love, the Italian actress gets to play an assassin with a heart of gold, and she is absolutely gorgeous in this film. Fans of her work in From Russia should check this film out just for her (sadly, she retired from acting not long after this film was made).

Although this movie has been heavily criticized as a rip-off of 007, in fact there are a number of original touches that make the film, if not good, at least interesting. For example, Neil Connery's character (who is, imaginatively, named Neil Connery) is a master of hypnotism and is more apt to use his brains than his brawn. A good example of this is when he creates a MacGyver-like device to get past a machine gun turret.

Released the same year as the infamous Casino Royale spoof, I have to say that OK Connery actually has a better storyline, and unlike that other film, it actually (sort of) makes sense.

This film is hard to find (though I understand Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured it once). But serious Bond fans should check it out at least once as an interesting curio from the height of Bondmania. And if you're a fan of Lois Maxwell or Daniela Bianchi, it is definitely worth checking it out.


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