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The fourth installment in Ian Fleming's James Bond series finds 007 on a mission to thwart SPECTRE, which has threatened to blow up Miami by atomic bomb if 100 million pounds in ransom is not paid. One of the more tedious Bond entries but a big boxoffice success. Tom Jones sang the title song. Remade as "Never Say Never Again" in 1983 with Connery reprising his role as Bond after a 12-year absence.

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Available on Running time 125 minutes. Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Spies & Espionage, Terrorism, Scuba, Big Battles, James Bond, Books to Film: Ian Fleming, Top Grossing Films of 1965
Screenplay
John Hopkins, Richard Maibaum
Cast
Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Rik von Nutter, Martine Beswick, Molly Peters, Guy Doleman, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn
Cinematography
Ted Moore
Director
Terence Young
Music
John Barry
Producer
Harry Saltzman, Albert R. Broccoli, United Artists

Awards

Oscars 1965: Visual FX.

Visitor Reviews

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Vad Allen

WARNING: REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS – WE RECOMMEND TO WATCH MOVIE FIRST! COLL STUFF: - Pre-title sequence/titles/song are as they should be: make you thrill - Gadgets: flying “rocket-belt”, micro-aqualung, radio-pill - All girls are hot - Executing #11 right at the SPECTRE meeting - Hijacking a plane with gas poisoning: neat idea - Underwater landing strip with lights: wow! - The only time in a series: all 00 agents at the meeting - Big Ben striking 7 times at 6 o’clock: funny touch - Shark-pool (in 1965 it’s not a cliché yet) - Villain’s yacht with detachable section: great design - Big underwater battle: unmatched ever since - Exotic views: Bahamas above and underwater, carnival celebration NOT COOL: - Though graphics of the speeding yacht got an “Oscar” in ’65, they’re not that great - How come Bond neither smokes nor drinks martini? VERDICT: The movie is placed 3rd in my personal rating, but it does not mean that Moore or Brosnan are better than Connery. Overall, it’s a Bond movie as it should be: everything is cool and easy which makes it fun to watch. One wants to be like 007 from the very beginning. All the key elements rehearsed before are working together smoothly, and a little fantasy doesn’t hurt either.