Ursula Andress (pictured)
Bond, a 'retired' secret agent is called back to service by the death
of "M" and the imminent collapse of civilization hastened along by his
old adversaries S.M.E.R.S.H.. They try to compromise him with gorgeous
enemy agents but he manages to remain true to his task. Every agent
is renamed James Bond 007 in order to confuse the enemy, including Woody
Allen who plays Little Jimmy Bond. Not
a bad film in many ways but definitely not 'classic' Bond, which probably
contributed most to its being hideously unsuccessful at the box office.
Casino Royale, although a
send-up, was actually an 'official' Bond film as
Ian Fleming had already sold the screen rights to
the book before he signed the deal with Salzman and
Broccoli for the other stories. Unable to interest
them in a partnership, American producer Charles K.
Feldman decided to turn it into a spoof on the Bond
films where various actors play the part of Bond
during the many, almost episodic, skits and
sequences in a very confused storyline bearing
little relation to Fleming's original book.