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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.
Never Say Never Again is usually remembered as the non-EON James Bond production that saw Sean Connery's return to the role after a 12-year absence. I think it should be remembered as the one where James Bond throws a vile of his own pee in someone's face.
I don't really care if this one's canonical or not; I care about having a good time, and Never Say Never Again kind of, sort of, a little bit delivers. It's got most of the same basic ingredients that were fine for other James Bond movies, anyway. I haven't seen any of Connery's later work as Bond so I'll take people's word for it that he's looking less sluggish in this outing than…
Seeing Sean Connery as James Bond again is like seeing a best friend that you haven't seen in years and you're glad to see him again, but when you hang around with him again for a day and after that day is over you think to yourself, "That was okay, but it's not the same as the good all days".
The story to Never Say Never Again is that James Bond himself emerges from cozy retirement to cross swords with Largo, a megalomaniacal business exec who steals several nuclear missiles, intending to bring the World Powers to their knees.
Never Say Never Again is a Bond film that has this depressing and dull to it and this is me being…
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…
In a perfect world you would pluck out Lazenby and insert Connery for a proper sendoff. A creatively committed Connery giving it his all. The tragic ending would have beautifully closed out his tenure in the role and ended the 60s on a sober note. No Diamonds Are Forever. And certainly no Never Say Never Again. Connery was the 60s and that was that. But that's not the universe we live in. Two of the worst (pseudo) entries are Connery films and it's a bum he didn't know when to say never. In Diamonds I found he looked aloof and disinterested. In Never though, he seems downright spiteful. The look on his face when he says, "Bond. James Bond", you know under his smirk is a seething hatred for Cubby Broccoli and making this concurrently with Octopussy was his idea of revenge. My favorite Moore and least favorite Connery in one year.
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.)
Gets the slight edge over THUNDERBALL only in the action department; the underwater sequences have some actual speed and dynamism, and there's a pretty nifty auto chase with a couple sweet jumps and car flips (although this may simply be the result of better available tech). Other than that this really drives home just how much of a Bond film's success is look-and-feel dependent. Despite impeccable-as-usual craft there's just something off about the whole thing. Kershner's and the great Douglas Slocombe's frames have the right simple economy, but the editing lacks the snap you'd get from John Glen or Peter Hunt. The Legrand score, on the rare instances in which it even appears, never reaches for the urgency or brassy…
Hat einige schwächere Szenen, aber insgesamt fand ich den durchaus unterhaltsam. Connery ist einfach ein Charmebolzen mit einigen guten One-Linern: Brandauer ist ein interessanter Bösewicht, der leider im Finale etwas verheizt wird.
Leider ohne Pre-Credit Actionszene, aber sonst hat er alles was einen Bondfilm ausmacht (außer dem Theme).
In my opinion not that bad at all, not nearly a great film but compared to the other Bond that year (Octopussy) its a masterpiece. But frankly, that doesn't say much.
Connery is old, but with a body in surprisingly good shape and once again we see something dangerous in Bond.
He even treats the women better than Moore. The latter is really creepy when you watch his films with the eyes of today.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
ALL FREE RADICALS ELIMINATED.
Yea, five stars. I don't care what anyone says. Bond is great. Largo is great. The weird Battleship/War Games/Asteroids/Jeopardy hologram game is great. The music, the cinematography, the dance scenes; it all kicks ass.
For those who don't know, Thunderball co-writer Kevin McClory retained the rights to that story which allowed him to make a James Bond film as long as it was a remake of Thunderball. For better or for worse, Never Say Never Again is what resulted from his victory over Albert Broccoli and Eon Productions. This was actually my introduction to James Bond, having watched it in a hotel room years ago before I had seen any of the official releases. With no context of the character other than through osmosis of pop culture, I found it harmless fun with an enjoyable third act that had enough action to keep my attention.
Nowadays . . . well, it's still better than…
Sean Connery returns to his most iconic role - James Bond - in this "unofficial" 007 adventure that is not considered part of the "regular" Bond series. This flick was made independently by a different production team after a long series of legal wranglings between author Kevin McClory and the Ian Fleming estate that stretched back nearly 20 years.
The film is essentially a retread of 1965's "Thunderball," with 007 on the trail of two stolen nuclear missiles in the Bahamas, but it moves at a much slower pace and feels quite dated. This movie is at least a half hour too long, and aside from one hilariously cheesy scene set in a video-game arcade to put it in the…
Not bad. Certainly better than what Moore was doing at the time with Octopussy and A View to A Kill.
1. the fight with Lippe
2. the 3-D video game, Domination
3. the motorcycle chase
4. the laser guided sharks
- Yes, Maximillian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and Lippe (Pat Roach)
Hot Bond babes?
- Yes, Domino Petachi (Kim Basinger) and Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera)
A little slow at times but the action is good and Connery is amazing as always.
I started my month of Bond with Casino Royale (1967) - a Bond movie which doesn't fall into the EON canon. It only seems fitting to therefore end my month of Bond with the other non-canon film - Never Say Never Again.
Although it was sort of nice to see Sean Connery sort of return to the role of James Bond, he really does seem to be getting a bit too old for this shit. I like that this actually played a part in the plot at the beginning, but it was also quite quickly dropped. I was also impressed by Kim Basinger as the Bond girl, and Klaus Maria Brandauer as the villain.
However, there is undeniably something that…
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…
With the exception of Spectre, which I ranked 1/20/2016, I haven't made any changes to this list in almost a…