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Connery Goes Out With a Whimper
on November 29, 2016
After a 1 movie absence (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) Sean Connery returns to mediocrity. Despite the name and theme song being classics, this is easily Connery's worst outing as Bond in EON canon. Connery doesn't seem to be overly enthused about his return as 007 and reportedly turned down $1 million (almost $7M in 2016) to star in OHMSS, but came back for one and a quarter in Diamonds.
Probably the worst thing in general about this movie is that it takes place almost entirely in Las Vegas, which simply is not an interesting location for a James Bond movie. Particularly as an American and someone who has been to Las Vegas, this seems to take the usual escapist element away from the film. Second to this however would be the addition of Mr. Wynt and Mr. Kidd, two bumbling buffoons as supposed assassins that help ruin the movie.
The Bond girls are pretty well cast (particularly Plenty O'Toole), but the car is absolutely nothing like we are used to seeing and is probably the worst one up to this point. Once again Blofeld is the villain here, but after having just seen Donald Pleasance's portrayal in "You Only Live Twice" two films earlier, there is really nothing special about what Charles Gray does with the character.
Bond Element Ratings:
Intro/Title Sequence/Theme Song: 3/5
Bond Girls: 3.5/5