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Retired after years of international espionage, Agent 007 is lured back into action to battle the evil spy organization SMERSH in this notoriously ... Show synopsis

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  • Bond, James Bond, Everyone's Bond Aug 9, 2010
    by mehaul

    Yes. Everyone in a quirky twist of this spoofy telling are called James Bond from Woody Allen and Peter Sellers to Ursula Andress (and having been in the real series and now being a Bond, makes her the reigning Bond Girl) David Niven, Dahlia Lavi and Joanna Pettet. As an attempt to produce a psychedelic film, it fails but succeeds as a communal effort (another fad of the 60s). They used 5 Directors in this mix, all aces of the trade but it was Val Guest who pulled it together. The liberalities allowed in the making brought us some very successfully surreal sets, very much worth the watch as forced perspective is rampantly used, especially at the Mata Hari School of Dance and Espionage. Henry Mancini wrote the music that was performed by Herb Albert and the Tiajuana Brass, so it is also worth the listen.
    The DVD features a B&W edition of the first presentation of Ian Fleming's work. It has as a special feature the 1954 CBS Climax! Theater three act play, scripted by Fleming himself based on his first published book, "Casino Royale". It stars Peter Lorre, Barry Nelson, Michael Pate and Linda Christian in the non spoofy view of the intrigue..

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