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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. 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 feel 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…
The pinnacle of kinky, cheeseball chic in the franchise... or in the franchise's sidecar, draped in faux furs and scarves. Far from where anyone official might have to accept any blame if anyone doesn't like it. Where it looks like a mummy trying to sip champagne coated in so many layers of denial and uncertainty as Bond enters his 3rd cinematic decade. Non-Eon kind of thought everyone wanted a 2 and a quarter hour version of (the first 55 seconds of) this scene from Nightmare City.
Naturally, you can only imagine how appealing that sounds to me personally.
Whatever this patchwork, Frankenstein of a Bond film was meant to be, it is every ounce the breath of odd, odd air…
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.)
Technically this is an unofficial Bond film, released the same year as Roger Moore's offical Octopussy. Never say never again sees Sean Connery return to his iconic role, and at least this time he vacates the franchise with a far better film then his last outing Diamonds are forever. This is esstially a remake or reimagining of Thunderball but with Connery in front of the camera, it's a reminder of what he bought to the role and a return to a more serious fun, something Moore's films tended to lack as they ventured more into slapstick.
Even aged, Connery makes for a great Bond.
"Yes, but my martini is still dry. My name is James."
BOND: Sean Connery, at least the plot addresses that Bond has aged.
ALLY: Rowan Atkinson as Nigel Small-Fawcett, Foreign Office representative in the Bahamas, annoying! Bernie Casey as Felix Leiter, Saskia Cohen Tanugi as Nicole.
DRINK OR GADGET OF NOTE: Laser watch, bullet pen, sweet personal rocket propelled transporters I want for Christmas.
BOND GIRL: Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi, terrible taste in men
HELPLESSNESS RATING: 2/5 somehow found her way underwater to get revenge but mostly whimpers and dances poorly
VILLAIN: Klaus Maria Brandauer as Maximillian Largo under Max von Sydow as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE
Really doesn't feel like a Bond film, I think that has a lot to do with the score. It's fun to see Connery as Bond so it's still essential viewing for Bond fans but non-fans can stear clear. An older Connery makes more sense for the Thunderball story and I really like the choice of going with a younger M.
Not completely terrible. Just mostly useless.
The second filmed adaptation of the Ian Fleming novel Thunderball. Sean Connery returns to the role he left a decade earlier.
Not my favorite of the Bond films, but certainly enjoyable and the Bond girls are quite lovely with Kim Basinger at her best as well as Barbara Carrera who is stunning as always.
Bond-eventyret fortsætter, denne gang med den sidste "falske"-James Bond film, Never Say Never Again fra 1983. Og minsandten om det ikke er Sean Connery der vender tilbage i hans ikoniske rolle!
Var det et glædeligt gensyn? tjoh. Jeg må indrømme at jeg faktisk bedre kan lide Roger Moore i rollen, så hans tilbagevenden betød ikke så meget. Så var han også 52 år da han indspillede den, og det hjalp heller ikke, selvom han bær det bedre end Roger Moore, som var 55 år da han indspillede Octopussy der er fra samme år.
Filmen er meget bedre end Octopussy, men det ser jeg ikke som en stor præstation, ellers så er den bare godt og gammeldags kedelig, Dødssyg faktisk. Jeg…
"Is that Airk?!" - me, every time I watch NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN.
Anyway. Gotta hand it to them for inventing the "way over the hill white actor goes back to the action role that made him famous" thing a couple decades before Stallone, Ford, and Arne Schwarz were doing it. Otherwise, everything's pretty grim.
My From A To Bond review of NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN has been resurrected here: www.tederick.com/2012/11/from-a-to-bond-appendix-a-never-say-never-again/
With commentary by Irvin Kershner and Steven Jay Rubin.
Kershner is great in this: he reveals a ton of behind-the-scenes insight (from what was shot practically or on a set, to who was easy to work with and who wasn't), talks a bunch about what he's found works best when making this kind of big-budget blockbuster film, and is just an all-around affable personality. Rubin keeps things on track, provides insight on the film's legal troubles with EON Productions, and asks some questions that lead to legitimately interesting stories and conversations. A must for Bond fans, a worthwhile commentary for those seeking insight into making films, and an all-around rewarding experience for commentary nerds.
The non Eon, non canon Bond movie that is a remake of one of the weakest Bond movies from the original franchise, Thunderball. Connery returns after a 12 year gap from his last role as the double O agent in which he allegedly stated to his wife that he would never play the role of Bond again. Until he was approached to star in this movie under new direction and production which prompted his wife to remark "never say never again." Was that the best decision however?
I don't know the full story of why this film was made or why it was chosen to adapt a film that was already weak the first time round but this time is…
Complete list. :-(
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…