Roger Moore's second outing as James Bond is actually an improvement on Ian Fleming's novel. Christopher Lee makes a fine villain, sporting a golden gun, a third nipple and a tiny henchman called Nick Nack, wittily played by Herve Villechaize. Britt Ekland is funny, too, sending herself up as Bond's clueless assistant and surviving the most sexist scene in the entire 007 series: "Forgive me darling, your turn will come," Moore assures her after he's dallied with Maud Adams. The use of the old Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth is clever, but there are major faults as well - notably the repeat of the pre-credit scene for the climax (borrowing from Orson Welles's The Lady from Shanghai) and the return of redneck sheriff Clifton James from Live and Let Die. Thailand's Phang-Nga Bay was a stunning choice of location, though it was soon to become a tourist trap.
|James Bond||Roger Moore|
|Mary Goodnight||Britt Ekland|
|Nick Nack||Herve Villechaize|
|Sheriff JW Pepper||Clifton James|
|Hai Fat||Richard Loo|
|Miss Moneypenny||Lois Maxwell|
|Rodney||Marc Lawrence (1)|