It must have seemed a good idea at the time: Cast Sean Connery’s younger brother, Neil, as himself in a spy spoof movie and surround him with ex-James Bond girls, villains and associates such as Adolfo Celi (Thunderball), Daniela Bianchi (From Russia with Love), Bernard Lee (“M”) and Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny).
Unfortunately, Connery can’t act, and the story – something about Neil, a plastic surgeon who does a bit of hypnotism in his spare time, being blackmailed by Allied powers into smashing an international criminal conspiracy run by Thair aka “Beta” (Celi) and Alpha (Anthony Dawson) from an underground atomic city – just marks lethargic time between one lame lampoon and the next.
Some gadgets are fun and the sets are stylish, but numerous technical and continuity errors don’t help Italian director Alberto De Martino’s mishmash rise above its rudimentary camp level.
The dubbing into English is terrible with lip movements very rarely matching the dialogue.
Dr Neil Connery
Yachuco Yama (Yee-Wah Yang)
Ana María Noé
Alberto De Martino