- Sep 4, 2018
One of the things that makes this one hard for me to watch is just how much Connery doesn't give a shit all throughout it. Really kills a lot of the potential fun when you can tell the leading man doesn't want to be there. That fight in the elevator was pretty good for the era though.
since his fee was so large, they saved money that used to be spent on costly overseas filming and large expensive sets by shooting a lot in the California desert and in Las Vegas, where Albert Broccoli and his friends (including lifelong friend Howard Hughes) owned a lot of hotels and casinos which they could feature in the movie. this 1/3rd of the movie has some cool scenes (Bond climbing to the hotel roof is great) but overall it's there to appease the financial backers. in fact a major character was invented in honor of Hughes. so it's a little more commercial of a cash-grab, plus the script is really lousy.
so it's more commercial, and it has less stealth & fight scenes, but more than anything, i think Connery probably objected to the futher Flanderizing of Bond. this one really turns him into a cartoon at points, like the moment when he drives a car on two wheels down an alleyway. i think it's similar to why Michael Keaton left the Batman series, he could tell it was going down in quality.