Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Even James Bond can miss his mark.

PG 1965 129 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 31 reviews

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age 10+


Highly recommend this movie, I loved it as a kid and still love it until this day, the action scenes are so awesome, villian is great and its just so entertaining!
age 13+

Good story, but bad pacing

I feel like this is one of Connery's weaker bond films, even though the theme song is one of my favorites in the franchise so far. While the story was interesting to watch, I agree with CSM that it dragged during some of the underwater scenes, which was disappointing because they were well-filmed. Concerning sexual content, there is the usual making out with women, and maybe the worst it gets is when Bond takes a woman and seduces her and takes off her clothes (we only see her back, and behind some blurry glass). Some notable scenes of action violence include an underwater shootout with harpoons, other gunshots above water, and a suicide. Overall, not as inappropriate as other Bond films, but not as well-executed either. 6.5/10

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Movie Details

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