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Never Say Never Again
Sean Connery is James Bond 007
James Bond returns as the secret agent 007 one more time to battle the evil organization SPECTRE. Bond must defeat Largo, who has stolen two atomic warheads for nuclear blackmail. But Bond has an ally in Largo's girlfriend, the willowy Domino, who falls for Bond and seeks revenge. This is the last time for Sean Connery as Her Majesty's Secret Agent 007.
If you’ve never seen ‘Never Say Never Again’ then I would advise you to continue to never see ‘Never Say Never Again’. (If you have seen ‘Never Say Never Again’ then you’ll already know to never see ‘Never Say Never Again’ again.)
Good to see you Mr. Bond. Things've been awfully dull 'round here. I hope we're going to see some gratuitous sex and violence in this one!
In 1983 the independently produced James Bond film Never Say Never Again was released in theaters a mere four months after EON Productions' own 007 adventure, Octopussy. Although independently produced, it actually had a bigger budget then Octopussy. It also had an experienced director in Irvin Kershner who had done a little film called The Empire Strikes Back a few years earlier. Most importantly however, it starred the original James Bond; Sean Connery. Whether or not nostalgia…
Largo: Do you lose as gracefully as you win?
James Bond: I don't know, I've never lost.
1983 was a bitter sweet year for James Bond fanatics. First there were two Bond films, Octopussy and Never Say Never Again, and you had an old Bond squaring off against an even older one. And you might not even guess which one is older, but Roger Moore is actually three years older than Connery, despite Connery being the original Bond.
Never Say Never again is based on the novel Thunderball and is essentially a remake of the original Thunderball movie. Both movies share a similar plot and chief antagonist, Largo. This was one of the…
Continuing my journey to see every single 007 film before the release of Skyfall, I just got finished watching the thirteenth (but unofficial) Bond film, Never Say Never Again.
The reason why this is unofficial is because it was not produced by Eon Productions, the company that produced the majority of the James Bond films. Also, instead of an original story or a Fleming adaptation, this is basically a remake of Thunderball, the fourth Bond film. There was a long legal battle since the 1960's where Kevin McClory claimed to help write Thunderball but never got credit from Ian Fleming or Jack Whittingham. McClory managed to retain the film rights and made his own Thunderball. This film went head to…
Has all the flaws of a garden-variety lesser Bond outing: Too long, too slow, unengaging plot, etc, but lacking a lot of the automatic Bond strengths to help them go down smooth. The worst loss is the iconic Bond theme music, which has been replaced with, uh, not iconic music. Also, the very few attempts to do a unique spin on the character (like making M a buffoon) just seem sort of arbitrary instead.
But in the interest of positivity, I'm going to list some stuff I like:
- Sean Connery. Even though the producers sort of squander him by basically making a Roger Moore Bond movie around him, he's still a genuine movie star, and really fun to watch.…
Never need to watch this again!
This (non-official) Bond film gets some elements right, and you could do worse if looking for a lower/middle tier Bond. The plot itself is an updating of Thunderball, and there's a fascinating legal story behind how the film came about.
The proceedings are greatly helped by Connery's presence, who slips back into the role as effortlessly as you might expect. Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer is a highlight as a wonderfully off-kilter Largo. I can see his performance rubbing some people up the wrong way, but when he threatens Domino, you're left in no doubt that he is every inch the cold psychotic Bond sees him as.
Speaking of 'over the top', Barbara Carrera also takes it up to 11…
It seems impossible, but in at least one instance Sean Connery as James Bond actually made Roger Moore look good.
Coming just a few months after the release of OCTOPUSSY, this non-canonical 'rogue' 007 production brought Connery back to the role some twelve years after DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. He needn't have bothered. Since it's a remake of 1965's THUNDERBALL the film ironically suffers from both a 'been there, done that' tiredness and a lack of the familiar, beloved Bond staples, notably the gun barrel opening and distinctive James Bond theme. Once again the suave secret agent vies with ruthless SPECTRE operative Largo (this time played by Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer) for possession of two stolen nuclear warheads. Some of…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Too old. Don't need another Thunderball.
I discuss this film at length on the Cinema Chase podcast: cinemachase.net/episode-007-never-say-never-again/
Overall score: 5/10
James Bond! In a very fun little outing that I feel is mostly underrated, for various reasons ... "Connery looks old!" "MGM didn't make this one!" "The set pieces are kind of goofy!" "The plot is too much like Thunderball!"
I realize from what I've heard that this was mostly just done to make some more money off of the successful franchise, but I think it turned out better than most would have expected. Yes, it borrows a number of things from Thunderball, but it's also just a loose adaptation of it, not a direct copy at all. Sean Connery looks great back in the suit, and the story wisely acknowledges his age and plays off of it. Many things…
Bueno, lo mejor de la película es Basinger y la moda de poner todo en juegos de video.
Por lo demás es una película de Bond como cualquiera. Humor sutil inglés.
I like Never Say Never Again. For a Bond fan like me, however, like is light praise. Never Say Never Again was an attempt by Kevin McClory, who contracted with Ian Fleming to bring Thunderball to the screen, to reap some additional cash for his rival claim to the Bond franchise controlled by Eon Productions. Never Say Never Again is essentially a remake of Thunderball on a seemingly smaller budget. Sean Connery is lured out of retirement with a big paycheck. Unfortunately, he is too old for this shit. His love scenes with Kim Basinger are kind of creepy. Connery gets to play his advanced age, 52, for laughs. Irvin Kershner, who directed Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, keeps things lively. I rank Never Say Never Again roughly equal to Moonraker as a Bond film, which means I find it good but somewhat disappointing. I rank Octopussy, the competing official entry in 1983, somewhat higher.
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This year being the 50th Anniversary of James Bond I'm going to rewatch all 24 Bond Films in November and…