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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…
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.)
Still really enjoy this slightly weird "other-bond" - it's most certainly dated but the fight scenes hold up really well, and Connery seems to be enjoying himself. The film rockets along too.
Due to a legal dispute between Kevin McClory, Ian Fleming, and the entire EON family, the filming rights of Thunderball have passed hands a few times. For many years EON couldn't use Blofeld or SPECTRE in their films. The 80's arrive and Kevin McClory's gained ownership of the copyright, and he produced this unofficial (yet still canon) Bond film the same year Octopussy hit theaters.
I was parched and this movie hydrated me. Maybe because I haven't watched a Bond film in over four months, but I found it solidly entertaining. The beginning starts off slow but it really picks up halfway through. There are some very awesome Bond-esque moments that I loved. A leathery Sean Connery fighting a real…
Obligatory stance on Bond preface: I've never been a big Bond fan. My two favorite Bond films are Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only. I haven't seen a Bond film since GoldenEye. And if I've scored any Bond movies since then, I clearly lied or felt I saw enough of the film to form an opinion.
I was over at my buddy's house the other day and this came on. So... we watched it. And even though it took us about 3 hours to get through it, we made it. It was more fun than I remember. Still not a good movie, and it was probably due to the fact that bad movies are always more fun with friends, and…
Reactivated Connery is the oldest Bond of all times in this rip-off of the series, a reimplementation of Thunderball. Weak storyline, a few ridiculous scenes, none of the trademarks like the trailer or the well-known Support actors. The only redeeming Features are the domination game in the casino and the Spectre organization as the baddies.
Not the best viewing experience for the Thunderball remake so that might be why I didn't get into it as much. I liked everyone overall, just not Q, M, or Money Penny. Q and M seemed kind of whiney. Enjoyed Fatima and Bonds back and forth.
Sean Connery is a handsome man, but seems already in "advanced" age. I don't know if he'd save the world without panting. Or if he'd time to do that: half of the time he's flirting with every breathing creature with breasts like those creepy old men. I know what to you think "Those were the '80" and I get it, but it's just dull on so many levels and the 007 myth is build on the sand. I think I'll quit on Bond. Sorry James.
One star for Kim for being beautifully stupid.
Basically Thunderball remade.
The movie runs at a boring pace the whole time. There is no element of fun and it's not very serious either. Max Von Sydow is wasted and no one else stands out. One good scene that stands out is the Shark sequence.
Bit of a snooze fest.
Fun but patchy. Connery showboats throughout. He's entertaining in the role (of course), but he's hardly putting his back into it. Kershner's direction is workmanlike here, which is more than can be said for the score.
The highlight is Klaus Maria Brandauer as the villain, Largo. He plays him as charming but ultimately as mad as a box of frogs. The film lights up when he's on screen.
The pacing is slightly off and the music cues are not traditional Bond themes, but it's still a lot of fun.
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…