(86) It wasn’t graced the advantage of initial impact as Dr. No was, nor did it receive the critical acclaim afforded to Goldfinger, but this first sequel is no less influential than either of those. Many of the conventions of the series are laid down here, first and foremost; the Q briefings, the surprise introduction, dancing girls during the titles, and the conflicted enemy agent all have their origin with Love. It also pits Bond in his first agent-on-agent showdown, as replicated in titles like Golden Gun.
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