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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…
Oh look. Sean Connery is back for a minute. How... not exciting. It was fine. Fairly uneventful in general.
The oddball of the Bond series, right up there with the two early versions of Casino Royale. The acting's there (Brandeur, von Sydow), the story's the same one we loved in Thunderball (for the most part), but everything feels off. The stunts approach Moore-level ridiculousness, Connery feels looks laughably old in many scenes, and the pacing ebbs and flows far too often.
Bring back Connery on autopilot, make the gadgets laughable rather than fantastical, aim squarely at the American market and you get the worst Bond ever. The horse stunt alone is enough to condemn this.
Rip-roaring (but unofficial) James Bond adventure, with Sean Connery wearing his slightly advanced years well. Silliness abounds but the fight scenes are still surprisingly muscular, and the film zips along at breakneck speed. The supporting cast are excellent.
This came out just a few months after Octopussy and I have to wonder which of the geriatric Bonds I would have been in the bag for in 1983. Honestly this is not actually that much worse than that movie, nor Thunderball for that matter.
Fatima Blush - man what a fantastically dirty sounding name that isn't actually - is the Fiona Volpe counterpart and every bit as good as her predecessor if not better, and Maximillian Largo is leagues more interesting than Emilio Largo. Also the underwater scenes aren't nearly as boring.
Still Thunderball is beautiful to look at while Never Say Never Again is curiously ugly for a film that takes place in the same beautiful location and Thunderball also contains Connery's best Bond performance while he just looks tired in this one and definitely past the point where he could pull off the easy charm that became Roger Moore's forte.
An overly long, poorly-made version of Thunderball, which was already not one of my favourite Bond movies.
Also, they totally murdered a horse for that one stunt, right?
"Never Shay Never Again"
- Sean Connery
Funny title since Sean Connery had said Never Again to James Bond. This non-Eon Productions entry would follow on nicely from the canon films, as it finds an ageing Bond brought back from retirement to face villains Largo and Blofeld, but the story elements and characters shared with Thunderball (for which this is a readaptation) would get in the way of a neat timeline. That said, NSNA is actually better than Thunderball was. I would happily pretend the older one didn’t exist and this one did. An older Connery still holds his own despite the frailty older age inevitably brings, and the surrounding cast doesn’t disappoint: Basinger is stunning, Klaus Maria Brandauer is suitably slimy as the baddie, and Max…
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…