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This review is from: Never Say Never Again [DVD]  (DVD)
For starters it perhaps best to point out that Roger Moore, due to my age, is "my" James Bond of choice. Although Goldeneye was the first Bond film I saw at the cinema, Roger Moore's films were the first I saw. Therefore although I would agree that Sean Connery was a major part in some of the best films in the series (my particular favourite being Fron Russia With Love) I don't approach this film with some revence that the "real" James Bond is back in action. In fact if anything my slight antipathy towards Connery (for reasons including, but not limited to, his seeming disdain over the years towards the film series that made him famous - although lets face it, when money talked he made two returns to the role) makes me slightly biased against this from the offest. After all it can only be seen as a money making exercise for a star who's career was suffering from a downturn in the early 1980's.
Yet there are certain things to admire about this film. Connery does indeed seem to be having a whale of a time reprising the role and the idea that his Bond is an aging man coming out of retirement (as opposed to the "official" Bond movies that preceded this (Octopussy) and followed it (A View To A Kill) where it is faintly ridiculous that Roger Moore is STILL running around as a spy at this age) is a good one, even if that promising premise is largely ignored once it's been set up. There are also some amusing, dare I say it Moore-esque, quips from Bond and a winning turn from Edward Fox.
Sadly that's where the positives, for me anyway, end. The production problems that plagued the set are obvious throughout the film as is the low-budget ethos. Indeed you only need to compare it to the film it is a remake of (Thunderball) to see that. Fatima Blush is no Fiona Volpe and Kim Basigner's Domino isn't a match for Claudine Auger's (although an argument could, could, be made to say that Maximillian Largo is a slight improvement on Emilio Largo from the original).
It's not THE worst Bond ever (I'd rather watch this than the risible Die Another Day) but not even the sight of Sean Connery returning for one last time to the role that he made famous (and indeed the role that made him famous) can overcome the low-budget cheap aroma that surrounds the picture. One for completists (and Connery fanatics) only.