Film: Operation Double 007

Originally titled OK Connery and released 1967 in the United States as Operation Kid Brother, Operation Double 007 was an attempt to cash in on the popularity of James Bond that is particularly interesting for several reasons:

  • It stars Neil Connery, the "Kid Brother" of Sir Sean.
  • In addition to co-starring Bond series regulars Bernard ‘’M’’ Lee and Lois ‘’Monepenny’’ Maxwell, the cast also includes veteran 007 actors Daniela Bianchi (Tatiana Romanova from From Russia with Love), Adolfo Celi (Largo from Thunderball) and Anthony Dawson (Prof. Dent from Dr. No).
  • The score is by Ennio Morricone. Yes, that Ennio Morricone.
  • The film was distributed by United Artists even at the same time they were handling the legitimate James Bond film rights.

The plot involves some secret information on microfilm as well as other information stored in the mind of a woman through psychic means. Our hero is brought in to save the day after the bad guys (Thanatos) nab the woman with the mental information, and kill her husband to boot. Their plan? To rule the world. Why Neil? He was the woman's plastic surgeon, and just happens to know how to open her Neuro-Vault. Although he turns out to have quite a few other talents...

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page.


Tropes:

  • Actor Allusion: Dr. Neil Connery, the character played by Neil Connery (Sean's brother), is, in turn, the brother of British Intelligence's (unnamed) "top agent". And, as mentioned, several actors playing expies of their characters in the James Bond films.
  • Amazon Brigade/Bodyguard Babes: Beta has them as half of the crew on his luxury yacht when they're not out doing his dirty work for him.
  • Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: One MacGuffin is an "atomic nucleus". Strictly speaking, the villain should already have billions of trillions of them. Calling it an "atomic/nuclear bomb core" could have fixed the confusion.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Apparently, Sean Connery is the UK's top agent, not James Bond. Say what?
  • Chekhov's Gun: Two examples from the uncut version - Mildred's ballistic knife and a special powder that Beta mixes into his champagne. He uses such a knife to kill Alpha and the powder protects him from Alpha's poisoned water.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Neil’s lip reading ability.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The agent who had to ditch his wedding in Spain just happens to be honeymooning in Germany when Neil meets back up with him before the final showdown.
  • The Danza: Neil Connery as Neil Connery. Also, Lois "Moneypenny" Maxwell as Ms. Maxwell.
  • Disposable Woman: The first half of the movie is devoted to tracking down the kidnapped Yasuko for her Neuro-Vault. As soon as she gives up the necessary Plot Coupon, she is shot by the local Femme Fatale, who is herself shot by some other guy before a minute has even passed, just to get these characters out of the way. Neil's Dull Surprise at the death of his own patient sure sums up how the movie treats women.
  • Dreadful Musician: The band performing at the airport. Neil looks visibly annoyed having to stand next to them.
    Crow: Do I have time to beat up the band?
  • Expy: In addition to the Moneypenny and M expies, one of the villains is pretty clearly based off of Rosa Klebb, except somewhat nicer, and more obviously lesbian.
  • Femme Fatale: Mildred, who is ordered to flirt with Connery and isn't all too subtle about it. So much so that Neil easily extracts important information from her after their third "chance" encounter. She dies right after Yasuko.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Pause when Maya & her villainesses finish camouflaging the vehicle. The text says "The Wild Pussy Club." If Joel & the 'Bots noticed it, it was presumably "too hot to riff."
  • Hollywood Magnetism: Thanatos' plot is to build a huge electromagnetic device that renders all electronic devices (including guns) useless, which is why the last battle involves horses and long bows.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Neil's character is a skilled hypnotist to the point where he can send rather complex commands, using just his eyes.
  • Improbable Weapon User: one spy uses a ballistic knife, and quite well.
  • Macguffin Girl: Yasuko.
  • Mook-Face Turn: Beta's Amazon Brigade turns on him once Neil tells their leader that they're about to be on the wrong side of Beta's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. They end up sailing away with Neil on Beta's yacht.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Thanatos.
  • Neuro-Vault: The Asian woman that Neil performed plastic surgery on was hypnotized to remember plot-critical information; Neil is one of the only hypnotists capable of getting her to repeat the information.
  • Plot Hole: What the radioactive rugs would be used for is never really explained. The newly-married agent explains that they're being shipped to Istanbul. But the "device jamming machine" is in Germany...
  • Same Language Dub: Neil's dialogue was dubbed by an American actor. This was because he was undergoing medical treatment for appendicitis when voice dubbing of the film was in progress for the English dub. On the other hand, M and Miss Maxwell were dubbed by their original actors (Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell respectively). Lee played M in the official series from 1962 (Dr. No) to 1979 (Moonraker), and Maxwell played Miss Moneypenny from 1962 (Dr. No) to 1985 (A View to a Kill).
  • The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: While a pub isn't involved, the Amazon Brigade sent to obtain the "atomic nucleus" dresses up in can-can dancer costumes and pretends to have a breakdown, using their frilly skirts to flag down the hapless soldiers guarding it. Some poison darts later...
    • Also, skunk costumes. For some reason.