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The title of the 1983 James Bond adventure Never Say Never Again is a self-mocking reference to star Sean Connery's insistence back in 1971 that he would never play Bond again. Reportedly, the huge salary offered Connery was but one consideration that brought him back to the 007 fold; the other was the producers' assurance that Connery would have full control over all aspects of production, a promise that was not kept often enough to the star's liking. Essentially, this film is a remake of the 1965 Bond flick Thunderball (the producers were able to get away with this due to a legal tangle involving the original 1961 Ian Fleming novel). Bond emerges from cozy retirement to cross swords with Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer), a megalomaniacal business exec who steals several nuclear missiles, intending to bring the World Powers to their knees. Kim Basinger plays Domino, Largo's mistress, whose loyalty Bond secures when she learns that Largo was responsible for the death of her brother. In addition to Basinger, the film boasts a toothsome villainess by the name of Fatima Blush (played by Barbara Carrera). After wrapping Never Say Never Again, Sean Connery swore that this was his absolutely final performance as James Bond; thus far, he's kept his word.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Edward Fox, Kim Basinger
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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 2 hours 8 minutes
Starring Edward Fox, Kim Basinger, Prunella Gee, Max von Sydow, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Alec McCowen, Alec Mccowan, Bernie Casey, Valerie Leon, Rowan Atkinson, Anthony Sharp, Milow Kirek, Pat Roach, Sean Connery, Gavan O'Herlihy, Barbara Carrera
Director Irvin Kershner
Genres Thriller
Studio MGM ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 23 April 2001
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Watching Never Say Never Again is a strangely frustrating experience. Here was a chance to show the cinema-going public how a real Bond film should be made - given that this was the era of Roger Moore's raised-eyebrow silliness - and the production team had none other than Sean Connery on board, to many people the only 007. What we got was a film that in some ways was even sillier than the weakest Moore effort. Connery just doesn't seem to take the whole exercise seriously, and the insipid jazzy score destroys most of the dramatic tension. The film descends into farce when Rowan Atkinson makes an appearance (what were the producers thinking?) and Kim Basinger makes for a wretched Bond girl. On the plus side, Barbara Carrera's Fatima Blush is one of the all-time great Bond villains, and Klaus Maria Brandauer turns in a memorable performance as the quietly unhinged Largo. No complaints about the blu-ray transfer - apart from the odd sparkly and fleck of dirt, this is the best we'll probably ever see NSNA. The DTS-MA track does the job, but given this is a 30 year old film it was never going to be an immersive surround experience, short of a complete remastering job. A commentary, a handful of featurettes and a trailer round off the package. Overall it's an unsatisfying ride - one for the Bond completists and movie buffs only.
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A brilliant Bond film. As it was an 'unofficial' 007 adventure, it does feel different - more laid-back - to the main series, and to Connery's earlier entries. However, all the essential ingredients are here - a great Bond, exotic locations, beautiful women, dry wit, excellent stunts and a really good story (a remake of Thunderball). At first, the absence of some of people who played the series 'regulars' - "Q" and Moneypenny, for example, and the regular production team, might disappoint. Ditto for the lack of the classic Bond theme music. However, this film should also be seen on its own - the portrayal of "Q" as a rather cynical civil servant, frustrated by budget cuts, witty and who rather likes Bond, is refreshing. I think the film's plot, casting, acting, locations, photography, editing and music are all excellent. Produced during the same year (1983) as the 'official' Octopussy, the two films were, and still are, understandably compared, Both are excellent and different. However, while Octopussy wins in the scope, polished and sumptuousness stakes, overall I actually rate Never Say Never Again a bit higher. There is just something engaging that I really like.

As another reviewer has said, thankfully, the much publicised behind-the-scenes wrangling and disputes are not noticeable on-screen.

Finally, Amazon's price for this item seems to have increased considerably since I made my purchase.
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NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN [1983] [Blu-ray] Sean Connery is James Bond!

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.

FILM FACT: Due to Great Britain's strict policy with regards to animal violence, one scene showing a horse falling into the ocean was cut, brought on by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [RSPCA], which is the largest animal rights group worldwide. This is only available to be viewed on an uncut German PAL DVD. The music for ‘Never Say Never Again’ was written by Michel Legrand, who composed a score similar to his work as a jazz pianist. Phyllis Hyman also recorded a potential theme song, written by Stephen Forsyth and Jim Ryan, but the song, an unsolicited submission, was passed over given Michel Legrand's contractual obligations with the music. Neither the famous opening credits nor the James Bond Theme or the 007 Logo were allowed to be used.

Cast: Sean Connery, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow, Barbara Carrera, Kim Basinger, Bernie Casey, Alec McCowen, Edward Fox, Pamela Salem, Rowan Atkinson, Valerie Leon, Milos Kirek, Pat Roach, Anthony Sharp, Prunella Gee, Gavan O'Herlihy, Ronald Pickup, Robert Rietty, Guido Adorni, Christopher Reich, Billy J.
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Reasons for loving Never Say Never Again - Sean Connery (back as Bond after 12 years), Kim Bassinger, Connery, a cool motorbike chase (a first for Bond), Connery, Connery, oh and did I mention Sean Connery at the absolute peak of his powers. Reasons to loath the afformentioned film include Rowan Atkinson, a very ropy 80's soundtrack and the worst villains in JB history. The plot is exactly the same as Thunderball, as producer Kevin McClory wrote that film, but the good outweighs the bad by far and Sean Connery proves that he is by far the best ever Bond, even in this sub-standard effort
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