OK Connery is a 1967 Italian Eurospy spoof of the James Bond series of films. It was retitled Operation Kid Brother in the United States and is also known as Operation Double 007 and Secret Agent 00. The basic plot of the film is that England’s best secret agent is not available, so his younger brother is brought in to defeat the evil crime syndicate Thanatos.
Neil Connery, who plays the younger brother, is in actuality the younger brother of the then-current portrayer of James Bond, Sean Connery, and strongly resembles Sean, except that in this film he sports a beard. Neil Connery’s voice is dubbed by an actor with an American accent. Although the “kid brother” of the title — who is actually referred to by the name Connery in this film — has little in the way of secret agent skills, he is an expert at hypnotism as well as some deadly martial arts.
OK Connery was essentially designed to profit from the spy craze of the 1960s fueled by the James Bond series of novels and films. In September 1993, as Operation Double 007, it was featured as an episode of movie-mocking television show Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The film has never been officially released on DVD, though a number of professionally produced bootlegs have appeared on eBay. The soundtrack by Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai was recently released on CD with several cues that weren't heard in the film along with two English and one Italian versions of the title song by Christy. Plans to release the soundtrack album at the time of release were shelved and only 45 rpm recordings of the title song by Christy were released in Europe.
The producer read a story of Neil Connery losing his tools during his job as a plasterer in Edinburgh and decided to use him to make one of the many imitation James Bond Eurospy films that flourished in European cinema at the time. Sabatello also hired many actors who had appeared in the Bond series to support Connery, with Lois Maxwell claiming that she and Bernard Lee were paid more for their roles in this film than their respective roles as Miss Moneypenny and M in the James Bond films. Maxwell claimed that Sean Connery was initially upset with her and Lee for allegedly exploiting his brother but later thanked her for supporting Neil. The film also featured Bond girl Daniela Bianchi and Bond villains Adolfo Celi and Anthony Dawson.
Sabatello initially had plans, which subsequently fell through, to star Neil Connery in several spaghetti westerns. When Sean Connery announced he was leaving the James Bond series, Sabatello offered Neil Connery's services to EON Productions who furiously refused to consider the idea.
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