Bond can obtain a Russian encrypting machine, and from a beautiful young clerk. But a SPECTRE hangs over them…
The young encryption clerk Tatiana (Daniela Bianchi) is asked to perform a top secret mission to seduce a British secret agent. She accepts, as there appears little choice, but has no idea that actually she is working for SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). Her contact is the infamous Rossa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), her target James Bond (Sean Connery).
The bait is not only the girl but also a Lektor encryption machine, the true target of the machinations of SPECTRE. Though if Bond is framed or assisted along the way that would do nicely after the loss of Dr. No.
They even get another Soviet involved, Donald Grant (Robert Shaw), to hunt and kill Bond.
Cue the thrills and spills, girls, cars, brawls, girls, spies, gadgets, guns and girls. Bond is back.
The girls look good in this Connery’s second outing. Not surprising as they include three former beauty queens. Daniela Bianchi stands out though.
Wonderful spy thriller with a nice touch of humour. The characters are well drawn and the script has some quirks that work well. For example, Bond doesn’t appear for an absolute age and Grant hardly speak (though he is eloquent and thoughtful when he does).
Things to look out for: well worked opening sequence, spy trying to escape,
Cast: Sean Connery, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Daniela Bianchi
Rating: love Bond, excellent outing for the Connery Bond, highly recommended