Imagine DR.NO wasn't a success and this was the only James Bond movie we had. How would we receive it now? Would we laud it all the more for being such a thrilling pulp-comic adventure? I could see it being a cult sensation, out of circulation, but taped off cable; old prints shown as midnight movies before getting reappraised by Criterion or Kino.
Not sure where I'm going with this or if I even have a point. Anyway, this movie is aces.