Never Say Never Again


Never Say Never Again

Critics 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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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.

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Sean Connery
as James Bond
Klaus Maria Brandauer
as Maxamillian Largo
Max von Sydow
as Ernst Stavros Blofeld
Barbara Carrera
as Fatima Blush
Kim Basinger
as Domino Petachi
Bernie Casey
as Felix Leiter
Pamela Salem
as Miss Moneypenny
Rowan Atkinson
as Nigel Small-Fawcett
Prunella Gee
as Patricia
Pat Roach
as Lippe
Anthony Sharp
as Lord Ambrose
Gavan O'Herlihy
as Jack Petachi
Robert Rietty
as Italian Minister
Valerie Leon
as Lady in Bahamas
Billy J. Mitchell
as Capt. Pederson
Manning Redwood
as Gen. Miller
Sylvia Marriott
as French Minister
Dan Meaden
as Bouncer at Casino
Michael Medwin
as Doctor at Shrublands
Lucy Hornak
as Nurse at Shrublands
Derek Deadman
as Porter at Shrublands
Joanna Dickens
as Cook at Shrublands
Tony Alleff
as Auctioneer
Paul Tucker
as Ship's Steward
Wendy Leech
as Girl Hostage
Jill Meager
as Receptionist at Health Spa
John Stephen-Hill
as Communications Officer
Wendy Leach
as Girl Hostage
Roy Bowe
as Ship's Captain
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Critic Reviews for Never Say Never Again

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (9)

  • 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.

    Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 23, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Without absolute conviction, no action film can survive: if there's no belief, there's no danger.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    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.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Never Say Never Again

  • Aug 03, 2015
    Not officially a Bond film but it's better than most if not all Roger Moore's terrible Bond movies, It has a more serious tone which works well, But it is just a remake of Thunderball in many ways, It was nice to see Sean Connery back even if he's not my favorite Bond, It tries nothing new but cuts out the silly one liners and OTT stunts even though there's still a few to be had, It's the send off Sean Connery deserves and so much better than the god awful Octopussy that was released in the same year.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2013
    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 ...
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2013
    I don't understand why a lot of ppl disliked this film. I really enjoyed it and the return of Connery in the role of Bond. He was great in DAF and he's even more great in NSNA. Connery is still the best James Bond. A remake of "Thunderball" much better 83 version imo with way better Bond villians like Blofeld, Largo, and Fatima Blush. Blush (Barbara Careera) is probably my fav villian in this movie who reminds me of the porn star actress Miss Hybrid. Her dark confident looks, femme fatale appeal, ruthlessness makes her a worthy advasary to Bond. Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) is a great villian who wanted to dominate and also be liked by his sexy girlfriend Domino (Kim Basinger). In a way Largo in tihs film reminded me of the Claude Rains character in "Notorious" who was evil yet wanted to be liked and be admired by his wife Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman). There isn't anything really new (Same use of rich locales, Bond flirts and sleeps with women, Q gadgets, M, Q, Moneypenny, help from the CIA) but it's unique how the characters is so much at the foreground rather then in the back. Max Von Sydow is probably the best Blofeld performance I have ever seen, Felix Leiter (Berney Casey) is also in this and he's great as the CIA agent and Rowan Atkinson who would become famous later on would have been more suited in the role of Q instead of Alec McGowen. Don't remember a Bill Tanner but anyways im sure you get the jest of this. I think the worst scene is when Bond and Largo duel off in a cheesy arcade game which maybe should have been left out and the action scenes was shot well maybe more so then Thunderball. Although Octopussy made more money then this, NSNA is the better film imo because the characters are more interesting and seldomly cliched. Never say never.....Was that the movie's way of saying James Bond might return?
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2012
    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

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