Starring Sean Connery, Mie Hama, Donald Pleasance, Akiko Wakabayashi, Tetsurō Tamba, Teru Shimada, Bernard Lee, Charles Gray
Entertaining. Ridiculous. Convoluted.
Oh, Bond. Only you could get away with “transforming” yourself into a Japanese man for a mission, or instantly moving on to the next love interest days (maybe hours, I forget) after your previous one was murdered. Bond, as written, in most of the ’60s films isn’t a very complex character. He’s pure male fantasy. Sean Connery is so great, though, so charismatic, so cool, that I forgive myself for cheering him on despite all of his nonsense. In this outing, which I struggled to follow but was never bored, Bond hurdles towards his archenemy, Blofeld (Pleasance), pulling strings from the shadows, in some kind of space-related take over the world plot. Bond navigates Japan’s back alleys and evades SPECTRE’s attempts on his life. I loved the locations and the title song, Pleasance as Blofeld and the trio of Bond girls. I was less impressed by the plot written by Roald Dahl, which is obscured even by Bond standards.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-