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.
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Never Say Never Again is the best acted Bond picture ever made, because it clearly surpasses any predecessors in the area of inventive and clever character delineation.
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.
Without absolute conviction, no action film can survive: if there's no belief, there's no danger.
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.
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.
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Most fantasy appears silly when viewed objectively, and so too this older male dream of enduring virility undimmed by time and of a life w/o responsibility ("if only I wouldn't've had those kids, if I wouldn't've got married, I coulda did what I wanted, I coulda ..." and this film fills in the rest. All the women want sex NOW - is it possible to pant for the length of a whole film? And yet Barbara Carrera and Kim Basinger manage wonderfully - All the dialogue is so cornball cheesy as to be embarrassing. Klaus Maria Brandauer is good as the bad guy, a look of "yes, yes, I understand. You get the women" plastered on his face) Connery is up for the task as stand-in for the male species, a British agent (everyone knows him - so where's the secret?) working beneath the auspices of the American CIA and yet he is still calling the shots. Does he win against the forces of entropy, of choas? He's shaken, but not stirred. And so the big boys dream ...
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.
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.
Never Say Never Again Quotes
|Largo:||Do you lose as gracefully as you win?|
|James Bond:||I don't know, I've never lost.|
|Miss Moneypenny:||Have you got a mission, James?|
|James Bond:||Yes. I am to eliminate all free radicals.|
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