Starring: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Written By: Tom Mankiewicz
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 2 hr 1 min
This was the first outing for Roger Moore as the dashing British secret agent, and it’s filled with what are now iconic Bond moments. This one was light on the spy gadgets, so Bond had to settle for a variety of standard vehicles to evade the bad guys. Which of course he does with style. The plot, such as it is, is hardly worth mentioning as it just gets increasing unbelievable as it moves along. This movies main failing is its running time. At 2 hours, it’s a little too long, and would have really benefited from a 20 to 30 minute cut.
If you’re a fan of the Bond series this might possibly be one of your favorites. If not, this one isn’t going make you a fan. It’s just too long and Roger Moore comes across as boorish for most of the first half of the film.
Best viewing format:
The Bond series of films are now available in a 50th anniversary Blu-ray collection. Nice, if you can afford around $110 for the set! Some streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix occasionally have the Bond films available to stream. A HD showing is recommended.
Best moments for me:
The theme song by Paul and Linda McCartney is one of the best in the series in my opinion. The boat chase scene is a highlight as well as when Bond escapes the crocodile pit by running over their backs!