Oddball James Bond film is not part of the official Eon Production cannon. Kevin McClory, a producer and writer on "Thunderball" won a legal battle against Ian Fleming to make his own Bond movie based upon his version of the "Thunderball" script. In this versions Connery plays an older Bond, but very much like in the original "Thunderball" finds himself going after SPECTRE agents who've stole nuclear warheads. It's the usual Bond nonsense, but it's a lot better than the Roger Moore output at this same time (though "For Your Eyes Only" was quite good). Still, this one did subscribe to the over-use of gadgets that the Moore films were doing, which is unfortunate. On the plus side, this film does boast an excellent cast. Max von Sydow plays Blofeld, Edward Fox plays M, Bernie Casey plays Felix Leiter, Klaus Maria Brandauer is the industrialist villain, Largo. Barbara Carrera and Kim Basinger are Bond Girls. There's even Rowan Atkinson in his film debut in a small bit of comic relief. The film also has a quaint scene that was super cool back in the day, where James Bond plays a very lame video game where you have to claim more shapes on a digital line drawn map before your opponent. Hot off of "The Empire Strikes Back" the film was directed by Irvin Kershner, who brings an assured hand to the action. McClory offered John Barry a chance to score the film, but he declined out of loyalty to Albert R. Broccoli, producer of the main series. Instead, Michel Legrand provides a solid score for the film, even if it's lacking the "James Bond Theme." Even if this is far from the best bond film (though better than most of the 80s Bond output), this film does hold a fair amount of nostalgia for me; Brandauer and Connery's intense confrontation over the very lame video game, Connery chained up in a skeleton filled cell, and Kim Basinger dancing were all moments that burned themselves into my adolescent brain. Interesting note of trivia: a young Steven Seagal was the martial arts instructor for this film and broke Sean Connery's wrist during training.