Even to this day, I think the Carry Ons were unfairly looked down upon by many in the film industry, somehow considering them as low-brow entertainment.
At the end of the day they pulled in the audiences to the cinemas and when you look at the calibre of so many of the actors, this perception is deeply unfair and does the Carry Ons a great disservice.
They were looked down on in their day, but I think time has been very good to them.
The Carry Ons were thought of fondly by the public and that's only deepened with time and nostalgia. I think critics and others in the film industry have come to appreciate this and value them on that level as having made a significant contribution to British film history. At the very least they can view them with tongue-in-cheek affection.