Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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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.
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…
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…
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…
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.)
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…
Old Bond can't fight, has back pain, must eat healthy, wears a toupée, only fucks old women and plays video games with some German nerd. Occasionally funny but way too depressing to be satisfying as the usual male fantasy.
I liked how the horse cannonballed into the sea and the violence against animals was amusing in general. At least one shark got its nose broken and I bet that ugly snake has hearing problems after the explosion.
Oh joy, a remake of Thunderball.
Though the previous thought shouldn't inspire much confidence, Never Say Never Again wins by virtue of simply not being Thunderball. It has some other stuff going for it, and it does still fall into some of the same traps its source did, but it is better overall. Maybe because we don't spend the second half of the movie totally submerged.
One thing the film does really well is build the Bond mythos. For the first time, we see Bond built up in a way other than "cool, brutal womanizer." Connery's age at the time, 52, is heavily referenced in the early goings of the film. His advanced age and perceived uselessness as an MI6…
It's the "unofficial" Bond movie that never quite feels like a Bond movie. That's possibly due to the music which is absolute shit in this movie. The aging Bond angle is a good one and it's refreshing to see how much he gets his ass kicked around. Never Say Never Again is a re-telling of Thunderball, and it's much better, but it still features way too much action between stunt doubles in diving gear which generally doesn't work. The exception, however, is a great Bond vs. Sharks scene. There is a good chase scene through Nice and the role of Felix Leiter is played this time by the history teacher from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Pretty good remake of Thunderball, but one that is quite frankly unnecessary. Despite this, this is still an enjoyable film with plenty of action, and it does a good job at capturing the vibe of the original film. However, this will most likely disappoint the most ardent Bond fan. Sean Connery looks tiresome in the lead this time around. The film takes certain elements of the classic film, and creates something new, but of course it’s nowhere near as good as Thunderball. Nonetheless, Never Say Never Again is entertaining for what it is, and is a good genre film as well. The script is good and it is an entertaining thrill ride, but it has a low budget vibe about…
Okay, okay, I know it wasn't produced by EON and thus doesn't "count," but it's got Sean Connery playing James Bond, so get off my back. After a twelve year hiatus and six Roger Moore films, the dastardly Kevin McClory convinced Connery to return to his most iconic role and go head-to-head with the man whom he considered to be Bond's arch nemesis: Cubby Broccoli.
So, is it any good? Actually, yes, it's not bad, and it's better than Octopussy, the competing 1983 Bond film. In addition to Connery, we've got Irvin Kershner hot off The Empire Strikes Back, a sinister Max von Sydow who needed way more screen time, a young Kim Basinger, and the first black Felix Leiter (sorry, Casino Royale).
Although it's essentially a remake of Thunderball, it has enough excitement and charm to satisfy your average Bond fan.
It's Sean Connery again. He looks a bit rusty in this movie but it's ok for me. I enjoyed the movie.
I didn't expect this to be good. But I expected to at least be better than Thunderball, which bored me to tears. Against all odds, this is even worse. I can't comprehend the insanely positive reaction this film garnered in '83. Were people SO desperate to have Connery back?
One of my favorite Bond films. Great direction, I would have loved to see Kershner do more Bond films in the series. A lot better than John Glen who pretty much butchered Bond in the last few Moore films.
One of the poorer Bonds, definitely Connery's worst.
Connery is old in this one. And it looks so eighties – all those sweaty guys, the action is much more blunt, and you can see Kim Basinger's nipples (has never happened before in a Bond movie).
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