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5.0 out of 5 stars NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN [1983] [Blu-ray]
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN [1983] [Blu-ray] Sean Connery is back for his final performance as agent James Bond in this high-velocity action thriller. Agent 007 is hurled into a pulse-pounding race to save the world from Armageddon when two atomic warheads are hijacked by the evil SPECTRE organisation.

Cast: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slick, enjoyable but not premium Bond
At once the victim of impossible expectations after years of false starts and rumors about Connery's return to Bondage and also a breath of fresh air as the Roger Moore Bond films increasingly floundered, Never Say Never Again was a welcome riposte to the worst excesses of the EON franchise in 1983, but time hasn't been that kind to it. There are certainly some horrible...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scrapes by on Connery's charisma alone, 6 Nov 2007
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Mr. Stephen Kennedy "skenn1701a" (Doha, Qatar) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Never Say Never Again [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
At a time when Roger was playing Bland, James Bland... the prospect of an unofficial Bond movie enticing Sean Connery to return to the role was mouthwateringly tantalizing. And at the time it came out in 1983, the competition was one of Moore's weakest efforts, Octopussy, making the Bond versus Bond clash seem one sided in this movies favour. Never Say Never Again has a larger budget, stronger cast and is based on an Ian Fleming story.
Alas, the end result turns out to be not much better than a parody of the earlier Bonds, and despite a strong cast the script is so clunky and obvious that the wit and panache of Bond is missing. Worse, the music is anachronistic and dated. Of course, for legal reasons, they could not use John Barry's timeless themes, but all the more reason one would have thought to spend more time getting the score just right for the tone of the movie. Perhaps the most serious crime of all.. it is more than a bit dull. You find yourself waiting for an action scene to come along, then when one comes along, you wish they would get it over with. Aside from an effective bike-chasing-car scene, no other action scene resonates after the credits have rolled.
It's not all bad.. Kim Basinger is a lithe and lovely Bond girl, and Klaus Maria Brandauer is a deliciously quirky villain. A few scenes hold up - the dance scene when Bond tells Domino her brother is dead, the fistfight at Shrublands with Pat Roach (from Auf Wiedersehen pet), and at least we don't have the dreadful speeded up boat scene from the original and superior 'Thunderball'.
Finally, with the `official' Bond movies so well digitally remastered and sound remixed, the very poor quality of the sound mix and blemished print are all the more obvious. Sound is very boomy and with no surround mix - speech is muffled, and I had to turn up the volume much higher than usual to hear any detail. Aside from one trailer, there are no extras.
The worst of Moore's Bond outings can still be enjoyed, even when the grin is mixed with a groan... here though, the grin has become a fixed grimace, and the pleasures are few and far between. Connery's charisma pulls us through without feeling obliged to give up half way through - but the temptation is never far away. Worth watching only for nostalgia's sake, to see Connery's Bond swansong.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Never remake Thunderball again!!!!!, 17 Jan 2006
This review is from: Never Say Never Again [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
I know I am in a minority but I think Thunderball is one of the better Connery Bond films. It is more classy than Diamonds are Forever and more exciting than You Only Live Twice. It also boasts one of John Barry's best scores. I am also in a minority by enjoying most of the 007 outings of Roger Moore, the only really duff ones from him were Man with the Golden Gun and Moonraker. Moore may not be as rugged as Connery but he is handsome, has style and charm and, before he got to old to be flinging himself about, was pretty good in the fight scenes. Howver, for me, the best Bond film is OHMSS. Not just a good Bond film, but A GOOD FILM. George Lazenby is excellent in the role and is the epitome of the Fleming literary Bond. I am a huge fan of the man and have some of his later films on DVD which, while are a really mixed bag, prove that George would have been the best Bond if he hadn't, by his own admission, blown it. Finally, let's get to the film in question. Never... is poorly written, badly directed and indifferently acted. The look of the production is cheap and the music is very dull. Connery looks slightly less bored than in Diamonds... but is stil pretty soporific in this travesty of a Bond film. IMO it seems the producers wanted to copy the EON formula but didn't have either the cash or the skill to bring it off. I was very disappointed when I first saw this in the cinema and every so often revisit when it is on TV in the hope that time has been kind to it, no such luck. It is as dreary today as it was in the 80s. All the press at the time scored this a hit over Octopussy. I fail to see why as Octopussy is everythingt hat this turkey tries to be. Sorry Sean, but the one star is for your wig!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 Nov 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Connery looks great, but the film does not really deliver, 15 July 2008
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This review is from: Never Say Never Again [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
For many Bond fans, the return of Sean Connery in this "unofficial" Bond entry, was an exciting opportunity to experience the Connery magic and charisma before the earlier pre-Roger Moore years. Released in 1983, the film competed head-to-head against Moore's entry, "Octopussy" which, to some critics of note, one of the better Roger Moore efforts. Obviously, this production had a more engaging cast, an entertaining story, and some good actors: Maude Adams and Lois Jourdan as Bond's nemesis than "Never Say Never Again."

While it's good to have Connery back, looking actually fitter than he did in "Diamond Are Forever" in 1971, and wearing a faultless toupee, the film manages to fall short on a number of levels. Viewers should note, it is a different film; for instance, no gun barrel logo in the pre-credits sequence, or the familiar incidental Bond theme music we all recognize.

Bear in mind this film, in actuality, is simply a remake of Terrence Young's "Thunderball" (1965), that represented the apogee of the James Bond franchise. Some of the other leads turn in a respectable performance, Bernie Casey, as an African-American Felix Leiter, is adequate as is Klaus Maria Bandauer in the role of "Maximillian Largo," a change from "Emilio Largo" from the '65 film, originally played by Adolfo Celi. But he is simply not menacing enough. The sequence at the casino between Largo and Bond is rather odd; they play a silly tabletop video game called "World Domination" rather than baccarat or chemin-de-fer. Not really effective, nor does this really belong in a Bond film.

Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush, reprises the role of Fiona Volope(Lucianna Paluzzi in "Thunderball") the film's femme fatale, in what could be considered an over-the-top-performance that borders on the hysterical with her outlandish costumes, hats and formal evening attire. Kim Basinger, as Domino, although lovely to look at, comes off as rather dull and uninspired. We long for an actress like the lovely former Miss. France, Claudine Auger, who, although not an actress by a long shot in the original "Thunderball," managed to bring an aura of sophistication, beauty, and unavailability shared by most Bond heroines before they succumb to the charms of 007.

"M" played by Edward Fox, is competent and irascible, but too young for the role--only illustrating how much we truly miss Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell (Moneypenny) from the original series. In all, the film has a distinct look and pace that strikes one of a lavish made-for-tv production; not a quality Bond feature despite some exotic locations and interiors.

Despite Bond's rocket powered motorcycle, and an explosive fountain pen, the gadgets are few (thankfully), and the film is really an opportunity for Connery to prove, once again, HE is the James Bond everyone recognizes, knows, and respects above all others in the franchise's forty-five plus year history.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Sean.. You've had your six, 18 Aug 2003
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This review is from: Never Say Never Again [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
Having read all the terrible reviews about this film, curiosity lead me to buy this DVD and I have to say that the panning this film has received is justified.
First off this is not an official Bond film which means there is no gun barrel sequence, no pre-credits teaser and no spectacular credits sequence which the first of many flaws. The film opens with a terrible title song and if you can survive that without switching the film off your doing well. Sean Connery appears as 007 for the last time and he looks too old and too overweight and he seems to be trying to copy his rival 007 at the time Roger Moore by relying on tongue-in-cheek rather than the style we saw in his earlier films. Having survived to the end of the film it was obvious to me that the film was done on the cheap. The visual effects are awful; the musical score is out of touch with the film and the acting left a lot to be desired. One good point was the main villain put in a good show and was the one light in this long dark tunnel of a movie.
If you want a good Bond movie go for one of the official ones and give this one a wide berth.
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15 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had the option to give NO stars, 21 Oct 2001
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This review is from: Never Say Never Again [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
Without doubt, this is the worst Bond film ever made, worse even than Casino Royale. Producer Kevin McClory waited nearly 20 years after co-producing Thunderball with Broccoli & Saltzman to produce this renegade Bond. His coup was securing the return of Sean Connery but it was hardly worth the effort. Connery's performance in this movie finally negates the claim he was the best Bond ever. Why is anyone who disputes that claim always howled down? Connery was adequate but he WAS NOT Ian Fleming's Bond. And Never Say Never Again is the movie that finally proves it. McClory should have done something more useful in the years after producing Thuderball instead of pursuing his.. claim to the Bond copyright. If Never Say Never Again is the best he could do, he has certainly been no loss to the film industry. The script, performances and direction are all lousy: I swear Barbara Carrera gives THE single worst performance in the history of cinema in this film, while Connery's make-up is a tribute to the embalmers' art. This is a film made by people who haven't the first idea how to make a James Bond movie. And where's the action? There ain't any! You know you're in trouble when the movie's best joke has been recycled from an old episode of Porridge. This is just dreadful!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best bond is back but not as good as he used to be!!!, 29 Mar 2001
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A bond fans wish come true, connery is back at what he does best, BEING BOND. Although this movie does not live up to the expectations of any bond fan. The movie has it all there, a good villian - largo and a bevy of bond beuties such as Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera but the movie goes nowhere in this remake of thunderball which was a classic. The movie is quite slow up until this dual between largo and bond, where they play this video game and the movie goes down hill from then on. As a big bond fan i was really disapointed that connery decided to do such a movie with a poor script but he plays bond so well, so any bond fan will be glad that he is back!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The best bond is back but not as good as he used to be!!!, 29 Mar 2001
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A bond fans wish come true, connery is back at what he does best, BEING BOND. Although this movie does not live up to the expectations of any bond fan. The movie has it all there, a good villian - largo and a bevy of bond beuties such as Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera but the movie goes nowhere in this remake of thunderball which was a classic. The movie is quite slow up until this dual between largo and bond, where they play this video game and the movie goes down hill from then on. As a big bond fan i was really disapointed that connery decided to do such a movie with a poor script but he plays bond so well, so any bond fan will be glad that he is back!!!
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