2 January 2013 | Alberto-7
Overblown, silly James Bond Spoof
This ridiculous James Bond spoof comes courtesy of Les Charlots, a French comedy quartet that was popular in the 1970s. This film is so over-the-top and scattered that I think I need to break this review down to three elements:
The Good: Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell (M and Moneypenny in the Bond series) have a short cameo at the start of the film.
There is a gun-barrel sequence where James Bond is shot!
The stunts are simply spectacular (the film was directed by a stuntman).
There is a great deal of location shooting in London, Spain and Hong Kong.
Gerard and Jean-Guy(two of Les Charlots) are appropriately dashing as French secret agents.
The Bad: An actor made up as Richard Nixon comments on the story occasionally.
Every English-speaking actor is dubbed in French with a dreadful accent
The 1970s fashions are just awful.
The Kung Fu sequences (there are a lot of them) are nothing special.
The Ugly: Clifton James (Sheriff Pepper in the Bond films) is an American agent/detective and is horribly bad.
Mickey Rooney as the main villain should be ashamed of himself for his overacting and hamming it up.
There is a stunt that almost goes bad where a dog is almost crushed under a car. Ugh.
Overall, a must if you want to see every James Bond spoof known to man. Otherwise, you have been warned. I give it 3 secret agent out of 10(For the gun-barrel sequence, M and Moneypenny and the illegal use of the James Bond theme as well as for two of the four Charlots). Oh yeah, there are also references to Clockwork Orange, The Marx Brothers and Mad Magazine.