Never Say Never Again (1983)



Critic Consensus: While the rehashed story feels rather uninspired and unnecessary, the return of both Sean Connery and a more understated Bond make Never Say Never Again a watchable retread.

Movie Info

Essentially, this film is a remake of the 1965 Bond flick Thunderball. James Bond 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.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 17, 2000
Warner Bros. Pictures


as James Bond

as Maxamillian Largo

as Ernst Stavros Blofel...

as Fatima Blush

as Domino Petachi

as Felix Leiter

as Miss Moneypenny

as Nigel Small-Fawcett

as Patricia

as Lippe

as Lord Ambrose

as Jack Petachi

as Italian Minister

as Lady in Bahamas

as Capt. Pederson

as Capt. Pederson

as Gen. Miller

as French Minister

as Bouncer at Casino

as Doctor at Shrublands

as Nurse at Shrublands

as Auctioneer

as Porter at Shrublands

as Cook at Shrublands

as Girl Hostage

as Ship's Steward

as Receptionist at Heal...

as Communications Offic...

as Girl Hostage

as Ship's Captain
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Critic Reviews for Never Say Never Again

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (7)

In Never Say Never Again, the formula is broadened to accommodate an older, seasoned man of much greater stature, and Mr. Connery expertly fills the bill.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Without absolute conviction, no action film can survive: if there's no belief, there's no danger.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It is good to see Connery's grave stylishness in this role again. It makes Bond's cynicism and opportunism seem the product of genuine worldliness (and world weariness) as opposed to Roger Moore's mere twirpishness.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

After a 12-year hiatus, Sean Connery is back in action as James Bond. The new entry marks something of a retreat from the far-fetched technology of many of the later Bonds in favor of intrigue and romance.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Top Critic

The action's good, the photography excellent, the sets decent; but the real clincher is the fact that Bond is once more played by a man with the right stuff.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Ah, yes, James, it is good to have you back again.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Never Say Never Again


Like most Bond films of the 70s and 80s it didn't exactly age well, but as a guilty pleasure it is still a hell of a lot of a fun. Connery returns one last time in the role that made him a star and shows a lot of irony, especially concerning his age. Brandauer turns out to be one of the slimiest and creepy villains of the franchise, even though this is no official entry (therefore lacking the signature opening sequence). Still, all the beloved trademarks are there: exotic places, gadgets, action, humor. Still very entertaining and actually one of the highlights of the Bond films.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

I loved Thunderball but this remake to it is just as fun and a lot more entertaining to watch. An adrenaline-pumping action-packed thriller that you wont help but love. Sean Connery had full control of his performance and production making the Bond film him and the crew always wanted. This possibly Connery`s finest Bond performance. An imaginative, stylish, tension-filled and fun joy-ride. A very cool, very sexy and very fun movie. An awesome good time from start to finish.

Al S

Super Reviewer

20/09/2012 (ONLINE)

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