Operation Kid Brother / OK Connery (1967)

4.0 out of 5

The degree to which producer Dario Sabatello went to exploit the ‘60s Bond craze cannot be overstated in this Alberto De Martino directed Bondsploitation starring the brother of Sean Connery in the lead role as well as several key actors from the Bond films. Numerous ‘wink wink’ moments abound as a surgeon hypnotist, going by Neil Connery, has his arm twisted into saving the world since his brother, one of the secret service’s best agents, is currently preoccupied, a groan inducing synopsis.

Seeing Lois Maxwell, best known as Moneypenny, do more than flirt with James Bond from behind a desk is very notable, as she gets more to do as an actual field agent, and along with Bernard Lee, also gets more screen time, and supposedly higher pay.

What saves Operation Kid Brother from being just merely a shameful cash-in, however, is that everyone seems a willing participant, and it’s actually pretty damn good. The title song, OK Connery, credited to both film composer greats Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai, has to be one of the best Eurospy themes.

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