Top positive review
on 15 December 2017
Just read this for about, oh, the sixth time. Is it the best Bond? Compared to, say, 'Diamonds Are Forever', yes, probably (I can barely bring myself to mention 'The Man With The Golden Gun' or 'The Spy Who Loved Me'). 'DAF', like 'Goldfinger', is a letdown.
Donovan Grant, though, is a wasted character (as in the film) - and Klebb is only slightly better (Would Grant really have been a smoker?). Yet the opening - featuring Grant - is quite unforgettable, just like that of 'Brighton Rock' - not to mention 'Casino Royale'. The ending is also superb, with Fleming at the height of his powers. Bond, as usual, is a bit of a dull dog - the first couple of films improved upon that, with Connery breathing life into him as Fleming never did; and this was Connery's finest hour, particularly the fight in the train with the miscast Robert Shaw.