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Never Say Never Again (1983)

Preceded by: Octopussy (1983)
Followed by: A View to a Kill (1985)

See our full list of James Bond films.

Directed by:
Irvin Kershner
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134 minutes

Produced by:
Jack Schwartzmann
Written by:
Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Based on "Thunderball" by:
Ian Fleming

Cast includes:

James Bond Sean Connery
Maximillian Largo Klaus Maria Brandauer
Ernst Stavro Blofield Max von Sydow -
Fatima Bush Barbara Carrera
Domino Petachi Kim Basinger
Felix Leiter Bernie Casey
"Q" Algernon Alec McCowen -
"M" Edward Fox -
Miss Moneypenny Pamela Salem -
Nigel Small-Fawcett Rowan Atkinson



Sean Connery makes a convincing return in what was to become the one and only Bond movie produced by Jack Schwartzmann's Taliafilm, in direct competition with Eon Productions and their 1983 entry Octopussy. And although Connery couldn't match Roger Moore on hair or wittiness, he certainly could on physicality and tan. As directed by Irvin Keshner (The Empire Strikes Back) and written by veteran Hollywood penner Lorenzo Semple Jr. (Pretty Poison, The Parallax View), you immediately get the impression that the filmmakers aimed for a more gritty, serious Bond movie than what Eon had delivered over the past decade. Still, it doesn't take long before Never Say Never Again has presented its share of sillinesses on par with anything from Roger Moore's films (such as a painfully drab underwater shark chase, or Bond's final showdown with the intolerable Fatima Bush). What Never Say Never Again does boast, however, is an impressively fit Connery and a bravura performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer, who creates one of the best ever Bond villains. There's also a crisp motorcycle chase in the streets of Nassau. And perhaps somewhat surprisingly, 52-year-old Connery strikes up some real chemistry with Bond girl Kim Basinger. Unfortunately, the final showdown and Max von Sydow's insignificant turn as Ernst Stavro Blofield make for an anticlimactic ending.

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