After the death of M, Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH and Le Chiffre, Bond thinks up the ultimate plan. That every agent will be named James Bond. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of baccarat, but all the Bonds get more than they can handle. Written by
This movie was aired for the first time in Guatemala on the night of 3 February 1976, only hours before the devastating earthquake that rattled the country and killed thousands. The movie is known in Guatemala as "The Movie of the Night Before the Earthquake". See more »
When the flying saucer is extending the ramp for the horseman to ride up, two pedestrians disappear as they walk into the part of the frames overlaid by the saucer graphic. See more »
[Lions approaching vehicle]
I did not come here to be devoured by symbols of monarchy.
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The opening credit animation by Richard Williams parodies illuminated manuscripts with cartoon-style calligraphy. It sets the tone for the film as a psychedelic "knight's tale" of Sir James Bond. See more »
To watch this movie, one must understand something that many appeared
to have missed. Chiefly, the mish-mashed, ridiculous, over-blown
insanity of it is the entire point. It is this that it aims for, and
this that it achieves. It is not really a story, so much as every
conceivable joke that could be thought of, thrown into an editing
studio and spat out the other end as gold. This movie will challenge
many who cannot break-out of the mold of needing a firm plot and some
commonsense, but in this regard it is much like a comedic version of a
David Lynch film, and I enjoyed Twin Peaks: The Movie even if I still
don't get it.
So watch this for the crackling one-liners, ridiculously pretty women,
lurid sets and the most completely unself-conscious approach to making
a comedy that I have ever seen. It goes beyond funny, and becomes a
matter of being shocked into admiration for the sheer silliness of it
all. And the fun of trying to explain it to someone afterwards is
"So then the flying-saucer kidnaps Mata Hari and James Bond's
love-child, and then James Bond who's David Niven and James Bond who's
Woody Allen face-off, and meanwhile James Bond is being tortured with
insane hallucinations and someone has snuck into his delusions with a
machine-gun bagpipe and through all this Deborah Kerr was a French
Much less a true story than very funny surrealist art. Like Salvidor
Dali meets The Pythons, but odder. And lots of great satire and stuff,
too. See it. Now. If only to broaden your horizons.
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