The best of the James Bond series, probably the best of the spy genre as well.
Connery came, he acted, and he conquered as James Bond in this second
installment of the James Bond film franchise. With some of the most
realistic fight scenes for a '60s movie and terrific story by Fleming,
this film has a recipe for a masterpiece.
As mentioned in my review of "Dr. No", his charm and intellectual wit
is still there, and then in some scenes in a whole lot more better than
before. How he tries to commence his mission, you just couldn't fall
asleep. A-grade acting by Connery here.
Then-newcomer Daniela Branchi is good as Bond Girl Tatiana, who is the
wrong girl at the right time. Desmond Llewelyn, in his debut as gadget
man Q, shows us an impressive array of gadgets that Bond would later
find quite useful. But it is Robert Shaw, who almost steals the show as
the murderous, merciless, assassin Grant, who will stop at nothing to
prevent Bond and Tatiana from commencing their mission.
Crew also return here. Producers Brocolli and Saltzman and director
Young have returned, with double the budget and double the thrills in
return. Also, the musical score by John Barry is memorable, it really
sets the tone for a realistic spy adventure.
The story is not meant to be an action picture. It is more like the
adventures of a spy, with the dangers of being a spy. In short, it is a
complex spy thriller, made to suit the target audience which are spy
fans and intelligent viewers. I do not understand how anyone could call
such a film "boring." This truly is a pinnacle of the James Bond
series, one which will remain for years to come.
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I enjoyed the movie "Never Say Never Again". It is really amazing to find Connery acting so bravely at such old age. I liked the movie a lot. I also enjoyed the movie"For your eye only". It gave me immense pleasure. Some of the scenes were tremendously thrilling. I wish I saw more of 007 series films..
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i like this movie, very nice.
it is a very nice movie with intrigues..
Sean Connery does it again as the perfect actor to portray the famous Ian Flemming character, James Bond. A definate "must see" movie..
i love this movi even though its old .
One of the greatest in its genre.
This is more than just a great Bond movie, it also is a great movie on
its own. It's well constructed and has a solid, fast paced story, with
some great memorable action sequences and characters in it.
This movie is quite different from other Bond movies in many regards.
First and foremost reason of course for this, is that this movie is the
second Bond movie ever made. The creators obviously tried to surpass
the success of "Dr. No" and make this movie an even bigger and
spectacular one. They certainly succeeded in this but it also means
that this movie is at times lacking in its special 'Bond' kind of
feeling. Sure it has Q, M, Moneypenny and gadgets but its not as fun to
watch, mainly because the movie obviously tries to take itself as
serious as possible. However none of this matters, since it makes this
movie a really good genre movie and quite frankly one of the best ever
created. Also keep in mind that back in the early '60's there wasn't
really an 'action-movie genre' yet. That probably is also the reason
why this movie feels quite different from other movies genre- and also
later Bond movies in particular.
Overall the older Bond movies are of better and higher quality than all
of the later ones, of course with some exceptions left out here and
there. My theory is that it is because the early movies still take
themselves serious, while all of the most other later Bond movies go
over-the-top with its action mainly. Basically the Bond character
himself also fits better in a '60's atmosphere, also obviously due to
the way how he handles women. Nothing wrong with Bond movies these
days, after all I enjoy (most) of them highly and they serve as good
mindless entertainment, especially the Roger Moore Bond-films but
honestly, they can't beat the oldies.
Unlike many other Bond movies, the story plays a significant part in
the movie. At first its slow without any action but thanks to its fast
and spot on pace the movie still is exciting to watch. Surprisingly the
movie at the end still turns into a spectacular one, when lots of
action occurs on screen. The boat and the later following helicopter
chase sequences are one of the best and most memorable Bond action
sequences ever. They are surprisingly big and spectacular. But also the
confrontation sequences between Grant and Bond are memorable and
spectacular, even when no action occurs. Kudos to Sean Connery and
Robert Shaw's acting for that.
What makes this Bond movie also a highly memorable one are its
characters. The villain always is an important element of a Bond movie.
This movie its main villain is Ernst Stavro Blofeld of SPECTRE but as
we are used of him, he doesn't get to do any action. Real 'action'
villains of this movie are the hit-man Grant (Robert Shaw) and Rosa
Klebb (Lotte Lenya), a former Russian she-man colonel now working for
SPRECTRE, who has lesbian tendencies and pointy shoes. Both of them are
portrayed by some very solid actors, which helps to make them both very
memorable Bond villains. Especially Shaw is wonderful. In the first
halve of the movie he doesn't say a word but from the moment he meets
up with Bond and starts to speak his character becomes a different one
and Shaw's acting ability and versatility becomes obvious. Also look
out for Walter Gotell, who plays a small part as a villain in this
movie but later went on playing the Russian general Gogol, who appeared
in numerous Bond movies over the years. But not just the villains are
great. Pedro Armend.