Time: 121 mins.
Genre: Action/Spy Thriller
Academy Award Nomination for Best Song.
SYNOPSIS: 007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.
BOTTOM LINE: Every once in a while one needs mindless entertainment and the Bond films are perfect in that regard. Since I've already seen most of the Connery flicks, I decided to check out Moore's first take on the super suave, super spy role. What a difference an actor makes. Granted the plot here is not very sophisticated or original, but I just didn't care for Moore's portrayal as Bond. He could seduce the ladies with the best of them, but he's so neat and reserved that I didn't buy him as a physical threat to the villain. He's just too soft. The tone of the film is also very tongue-in-cheek, giving the impression that he's winning because he's supposed to instead of from any great ability on his part.
Yaphet Kotto is cool and sinister as Mr. Big, a Caribbean drug lord poised to take over the world. His weakness/belief in the foreseeing powers of a certain Tarot-card reading virgin, played by Jane Seymour, is what eventually does him in. Bond plays a part in his demise as well. The action sequences are few and far between and except for a boat chase through the Louisiana bayou, nothing special or all that exciting. The gadgets are boring, the humor obvious though occasionally funny and the inevitable deaths of the villains some of the silliest stuff to ever grace the big screen. Bond fans deserved better. A mediocre outing at best that is really beginning to show its age.