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OK Connery

For sheer cheek, this takes the biscuit. Cheapo Italian filmmakers cast Sean Connery’s younger, non-thespian brother Neil as Dr Neil Connery: bearded, badly dubbed, karate-chopping, lip-reading plastic surgeon brother of Bond proper, hired by Bernard ‘M’ Lee and Lois ‘Moneypenny’ Maxwell in lieu of The Other Feller to fight criminal mastermind Adolfo ‘Thunderball’ Celi. Ennio Morricone provides a parping pastiche of a Bassey-esque theme song. Skating as close as possible to the Bond franchise at all points while skillfully avoiding actual trademarked names and designs, this is the cinematic equivalent of nabbing a big pie left cooling on next-door’s window sill and running away chortling loudly. For that, if nothing else, respect is due.

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  1. Matt Patton

    December 31, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Also knows as OPERATION DOUBLE 007

    “He’s not Sean, but he’s cheap.”

    “Thank you, Mr. Connery’s Brother.”

    “Women Who Sing Too Much and The Men They Sing About.”

    “This is Bob ‘going to my imminent death’ Hope.”

    What’s Moneypenny doing there? Isn’t that a Conflict of Interest?”

    “Thanks for supporting live surgery!”

  2. Applemask

    January 1, 2010 at 2:27 am

    MSF’nT! One of my favourites, too. “What’s it like being the TV, Cindy?” “Well, it’s better than flobeeing his back!”

    Neil Connery is surprisingly good. I expect that’s partly because he’s not delivering the lines himself, but he has genuine charisma and presence. Must run in the family.

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