No one comes close to JAMES BOND 007
"Mr. Bond, I'll make you a deal! I'll give you a delicatessen in stainless steel!"- Blofeld
Release Date: June 26, 1981
Studio: United Artists
Director: John Glen
Starring Roger Moore, Carole Bouqet, John Glover, Topol, Michael Gothard, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Cassandra Harris, Jill Bennet, James Villiers, Geoffey Keen, Walter Gotell, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell
Plot Summary: After an encryption machine is lost at sea, James Bond 007 is on a race to get it before the Russians do. Along the way, he has to deal with deception and a girl bent on revenge.
This is considered Moore’s best film even by his critics (who generally see this as the exception of his films). Moonraker was just too much, so the makers decided to return the series back to its realistic, From Russia With Love roots (for continuity, the visit to Tracy’s grave is a nod to the last serious Bond OHMSS). Apart from that goofy face-detail machine, they managed to dispense with the larger-than-life elements and gadgets, making Bond resourceful again, dealing with realistic situations like revenge, old hatreds, people who are not what they seem, détente (Even the villains’ stronghold- a monastery on a mountaintop- is rather naturalistic for a Bond villain base). Rather successfully in my opinion, with highlights in action and characters (like Topol’s Columbo). Much criticism has been said about Bill Conti’s score. In my view, I like his music to the memorable chase scenes (the bumblebee car and the skiing scenes), and, of course, Sheena Easton’s song.
One question though, if a character like Lynn-Holly Johnson’s Bibi had been in a Bond film in the sixties, would Sean Connery's Bond have been a gentleman?