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Fun, but a little over-rated
on 3 November 2012
Probably the most iconic of all the Bond films, but time hasn't been as kind to the movie as it has to some of the others in the Bond canon. Sure, it has great villains, the most iconic car, great panache and humour, but the fact is it was directed by a bit of a hack in Guy Hamilton, who proved himself to be even more of a hack in subsequent Bond films. Some sequences, like the gassing of Fort Knox, are very poorly handled. Even the ejector seat moment is clumsy, probably to hide the fact that a dummy was used, and the back projection work is very poor, though this was pretty commonplace in the early Bond films.
Yes it's still enjoyable, still in many ways the quintessential Bond film, but no longer in the very top rank.