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Never Say Never Again (1983)

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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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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:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast

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
Milos Kirek
as Kovacs
Pat Roach
as Lippe
Anthony Sharp
as Lord Ambrose
Gavan O'Herlihy
as Jack Petachi
Ronald Pickup
as Elliot
Robert Rietty
as Italian Minister
Valerie Leon
as Lady in Bahamas
Vincent Marzello
as Culpepper
Billy J. Mitchell
as Capt. Pederson
Manning Redwood
as Gen. Miller
Billy Mitchell
as Capt. Pederson
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
Tony Alleff
as Auctioneer
Joanna Dickens
as Cook at Shrublands
Paul Tucker
as Ship's Steward
Wendy Leech
as Girl Hostage
Brenda Kempner
as Masseuse
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 (46) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | September 9, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

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
Variety
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
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Audience Reviews for Never Say Never Again

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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.
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
Al S

Super Reviewer

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