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
M tells his companions that Sir James had to lure Mata Hari, his true love, across the Spanish frontier into France. Of course, this never happened, and the real Mata Hari never entered France by crossing the Spanish frontier. Mata Hari was last in Spain in November 1916. She was arrested in Paris in February 1917 after the Germans exposed her deliberately to the French as a double-agent because the intel she was providing them was deemed useless (she was recruited by France to seduce Crown Prince Hohenzollern; the French believed mistakenly that he was a commander in his father's army). However, neither the French or the British could produce definite evidence of her spying for Germany at her trial. See more »
[taking the reins of the British Secret Service]
Oh, by the way, Moneypenny, since I've come in here, have you heard me stammer?
Splendid. Let me know if I do; I haven't got time for that sort of thing now.
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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 »
According to the book, The Bond Files, the film was never shown with anything other than the Peter Sellers in Paris opening sequence. It's possible the gunbarrel parody if filmed was removed before general release. 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 immeasurable.
"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 Scotswoman!"
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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