It begins well, with an eerie pre-title sequence, cheerfully cheesy Bondesque titles (odd how so many of Rodge's pre-Bond films do that), and a pleasing introduction to playboy ad man Gary Fenn (Moore): yes, he's with a lady, and his frilled dress shirt is unbuttoned to his waist. Realising he'll be late for work because of his nocturnal activities, he unceremoniously ditches the lady and races to work in his sports car, shaving while driving and stealing a pint of milk from a float he overtakes, all to the beat of a hip and swinging score. It's exactly how I like to believe Roger Moore kicked off every single day of the 1960s.
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There's some nice contemporary photography of 1969 London, and small parts for The Prisoner weirdo Alexis Kanner (disappointingly underused) and Bernard Lee as a behind-the-scenes baddie, in fun contrast to his concurrent role as M in the Bond films. Pleasingly, Rodge uses the sentence "Bernie Lee was a delight" in his autobiography, before going on to describe an afternoon's filming in which Lee was high on surgical spirit and ruined take after take by repeatedly and inexplicably saying "What a stupid fucking hat you're wearing, madam" to one of the actresses. If only he'd made that M's catchphrase, the world would be such a better place.
An actual cross-plot. Arguably more fun than the film.
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