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Never Say Never Again (1983)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 16

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.

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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.

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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

Oct 17, 2000

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (16) | DVD (15)

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.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Without absolute conviction, no action film can survive: if there's no belief, there's no danger.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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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.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Ah, yes, James, it is good to have you back again.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A fitting farewell to 007's most enduring embodiment: as much a playful send-up as a loving final embrace.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Mania.com
Mania.com

Can we just consider 1983 a lost year for James Bond? First, "Octopussy," then Sean Connery's return in a depressing dilution of the 007 brand - one that ends with a fourth wall-breaking wink indicative less of arch fun, more of bored indifference.

November 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

I know Bond fans were furious about this movie cause it wasn't an Eon production, and I think they're wrong. They should be furious at it because it's a horrendous film.

October 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

The slick production values impress and Barbara Carrera and Klaus Maria Brandauer are good value villains, but Irvin Kershner appears to have nodded off in the director's chair.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

An ugly, unwanted epilogue [to Connery's Bond], in which the character who was so iconic and perfect is reduced to a self-conscious joke.

September 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

a cheeseball experience with a strange and horrible pedigree

May 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Connery proved plenty fit for one more outing...a likeable but somewhat mediocre adventure handsomely mounted in the traditional Bond style...[Blu-ray]

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: ON Magazine

It's an aging and unenthusiastic Connery who returns to play Bond, who doesn't have the physicality to do justice any more to the demanding muscular role.

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Connery was perhaps wise to call it quits the first time round.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Connery has style, if not quite the energy quotient (he was 53 at the time) -- some nifty editing and a redundant dance routine make him look good.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Gone is the excessive gadgetry that mars Bond films, and, as a result, the characters are more prominent and colorful.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Like being trapped in a dream inside twin peaks

February 10, 2008

Brandauer is a great Bond villain, and the role still fits Connery like an old tux.

April 14, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Aside from some minor flaws, the film is a surprisingly standard Bond film, one that could easily be integrated into the "official" franchise with very few adjustments.

March 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Connery, Brandauer and Kim-sexy!

November 23, 2004
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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.
April 4, 2013
ironclad1609

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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.
December 11, 2012
allan913

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September 19, 2012
EightThirty

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Never been a fan of Bond movies, and I don't know why I've seen so many of them since I'm not a fan. Anyway, I didn't care for this one as usual, and I don't even remember what it was about so yeah...
January 16, 2011
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    1. Largo: Do you lose as gracefully as you win?
    2. James Bond: I don't know, I've never lost.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Miss Moneypenny: Have you got a mission, James?
    2. James Bond: Yes. I am to eliminate all free radicals.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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