Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…
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…
Continuing my journey to see every single 007 film before the release of Skyfall, I just got finished watching the thirteenth (but unofficial) Bond film, Never Say Never Again.
The reason why this is unofficial is because it was not produced by Eon Productions, the company that produced the majority of the James Bond films. Also, instead of an original story or a Fleming adaptation, this is basically a remake of Thunderball, the fourth Bond film. There was a long legal battle since the 1960's where Kevin McClory claimed to help write Thunderball but never got credit from Ian Fleming or Jack Whittingham. McClory managed to retain the film rights and made his own Thunderball. This film went head to…
Never Say Never Again is a Bond spin off that although does not live up to the main series in anyway still manages to be alright and with Connery back albeit not at his past best, he still provides some of the things that made James Bond one of the household names of Cinema. I felt with this being the remake of Thunderball, maybe they will just do the exact same film but I was wrong and this is a… different way of taking the story, good to watch though, I felt it was kind of OK, and here is why below.
The story is of course Thunderball and the reason it is different in the way it is done…
If you ever wanted to see James Bond wear overalls or play videogames or throw his pee at somebody...THIS IS THE MOVIE FOR YOU!
My review -- this action spy/British/crime/adventure film title is now on DVD and yes it does have a successful profit margin of roughly $124 million. The basic plot is this after completing his latest mission 007 James Bond is instructed by his superior M to stop living the lifestyle he is leading [basically because his methods are obsolete,] so James Bond is sent to a relaxing/retraining facility to basically learn how to keep his body in better shape. Meanwhile Bond's greatest enemies the organization known as SPECTRE [apologies if I have ever misnamed this organization by the name of Spectrum -- I think I did it once and cannot find it but apologies nonetheless.] But I digress are trying to…
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Easily the worst serious James Bond film. This isn't quite as bad as the 67 Casino Royale, but it is close.
Yeah, this still isn’t any good. The fatal flaw here was starting with fucking Thunderball, the most convoluted and worst of the early Bonds. The persistent and litigious insistence of Kevin McClory have done nothing to change the fact that this story has never been worth the effort. So perhaps it’s impressive that Never Say Never Again starts at merely bad and manages to end up even worse. Half the running time is spent as an inept action movie, never building any suspense or intrigue outside of a few adequately constructed sequences.
The remainder of the film treads upon the territory of weird and bad comedy then occupied by the Roger Moore movies. When it comes to lame jokes, nobody…
It must mean something that Irvin Kershner, the best director ever to make a James Bond movie, has not made the best James Bond movie—probably that the Bond films are the par excellence products of the industrial cinema, and are irreparably compromised by any inflections of personal style. Not that Kershner has brought many to bear, apart from his usual balanced wide-screen compositions and gallery of eccentric supporting characters; it's his sense that he is superior to the series (which he certainly is) that introduces a fatal strain of campiness and condescension. And without absolute conviction, no action film can survive: if there's no belief, there's no danger. With Sean Connery, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, and Kim Basinger; the plot, for complicated legal reasons, is a replay of Thunderball.
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