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…
A very long and very complicated history surrounds the production of Never Say Never Again, a 'remake' essentially of Thunderball that took the better part of two decades to get made thanks to fascinating legal proceedures and bitter personal battles. If I'm honest... it doesn't really end up being all that much worth the effort. As an alternative James Bond movie to the 'official' franchise, it offers little in the way of competition and solely remains worthy for Sean Connery returning to his most famed role in middle-age and doing so with style and panache. Around him, however, is an uneven, at times plodding and increasingly dated 007 adventure.
I was never a huge fan of Thunderball, the original tale,…
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).
Connery playing Bond at 52 > Moore playing Bond at 52. Then again, I guess you could apply that formula to any age, so I don't know why I'm specifying.
I didn't mind this somewhat unofficial foray into James Bond thanks to the way rights were divided between the creators of Thunderball. Connery decided it was worth returning and it wasn't a bad move. Sure, it doesn't have the bells and whistles of the other Bond films, but having Bond brought back from retirement kind of excuses this, and the slightly more grounded feel of the movie adds to this sense of maturity. And speaking of maturity, Max von Sydow is perfectly cast as Blofeld.
Sean Connery returns with a more deeply lined face, but few other clues of his advanced years, in what is a surprisingly enjoyable update on Thunderball. Certainly not as good as the original, it still compares more than favourably with the same year’s ‘official’ Bond Octopussy.
It can't compare to Thunderball (the film it's basically a remake of), but it's still an enjoyably silly film. Sean Connery is good and Barbara Carrera is great. Also, Rowan Atkinson is pretty funny in his debut film.
Not an official Bond (as in, outside the whole EON company) but in the same year as OCTOPUSSY, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN is a remake of 65's THUNDERBALL. Technically, it's Connery's last appearance as 007 anywhere. He's older, though, in '83, in real life as well as in the movie. I like Bonds that aren't really Bonds, though, I mean not all the way. Like by being snappy or weird or self-aware and frisky, and not in a daft and predictable way. Fun, nurses, silliness, a sense of racy doom. NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN looks back at what the first five Bonds did about 20 years before and, while I think it's pretty doubtful there's anything as easy as duplication going on (even duplication in a sarcastic/opposite way), takes some interesting and queer inspiration from them. Long-winded as a lot of Bonds are but sharper and more delightful than most.
The only highlight of the movie is Mr. Bean lol
No James Bond theme music, and Gun barrel intro, but a surprisingly smooth ride from "Empire strikes Back" director Irvin Kershner-exotic locations, glamorous woman, a pretty fit older Bond(dope fighting scene), and Mr. Bean...
Watching an ageing and greying Bond still doing all his Bondisms in a 'non-Bond' film.
I'm glad they are rebooting the Spectre story line, it will add some stability hopefully and not have a different actor potentially playing Blofeld in subsequent films.
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- Absence of Malice
- On Golden Pond
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
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- On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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