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April 16, 2019
Oddly a remake of the 5th film Thunderball NSNA against all odds manages to overcome the odds and be an improvement over it's predecessor. Connery is fully into the role which couldn't be said for the previous 2 movies as he was wanting a better goodbye for the role. He was involved with quite a bit during this production and it helped for the better. The action is miles better than Thunderball's, the supporting characters are better, and there's less underwater scenes which is a real blessing.

Klaus Brandauer manages to become one of top 10 best lead Bond villains by making Largo less douchy and more quiet. Orginal Largo just looked evil and had not much humanity this one seems like your average nerdy billionaire yet his crazy side is both freightning and awesome to watch. He can't do much to you but he has the power too. Great foil for Sean. Carrerra as Blush is a more subtle 80's version of Onatopp but that's not a insult, she's amazing here. Basinger is very, very young and not fully there yet as an actress but she's awesome eye candy. Bernie Casey also manages to make for an awesome Felix Leiter, imo the most underrated one.

This one has some faults: it's score is horrendusly bad as is the title song, and there's not enough time with the baddies yet the movie as a whole doesn't fall appart like it should have. It ends with a great climax and some good action.

Connery fades to black as Bond with a solid farewell..
April 4, 2019
All in all, this isn't a bad Bond film but one that plays with all of the cliche's and tropes the Bond franchise is known for, jamming them into one well produced rehash of a nearly 20 year old film.   Connery still has what it takes to be the ultimate English Spy but it is clear that this would be his last hurrah in the title role, allowing him one last chance to star in his most recognized role. If you are a fan of the franchise, this is one worth watching just to see him at it one final time.
½ March 29, 2019
Awe! Come on! It is a satirical, tongue-in-cheek, and out-of-canon remake of Thunderball; one of the better Bond films!
It was not meant to be taken seriously.
January 18, 2019
I almost fell asleep watching this movie.
½ July 24, 2018
The reboot of Thunderball isn't as strong as the original but has thrills still. Sean Connery's return is also mostly welcoming.
June 9, 2018
I can see the flaws...and its dated and slow at times...but still like it due to Sean Connery.
April 28, 2018
Not a bad flick. some good fight scenes and interesting characters. Barbara Carrera steals the movie. silly and involving at the same time and Kim Basinger doesn't wear a bra through the whole picture, so that's a plus
December 27, 2017
A very fun return for Connery and Bond fans. A remake of Thunderball but with enough charm to stand on its own 2 feet.
Connery is on the charm offensive here and is a welcome return taking him into his 3rd decade playing Bond.
Famously directed by Irvin(Empire Strikes Back) Kershner

Gadgets 3/5 Kept to a minimum and a return to form for Bond after the wayward Moore movies
Girls 5/5 Kim Basinger is drop dead gorgeous and
Barbara Carrera
as Fatima Blush, the sexy assassin is on top form.
Villain 3/5 Blush steals the show
Bond Theme 1/5 another forgettable one written after a remark made by Connery on returning to the role again.
½ December 16, 2017
Playing like a particularly sclerotic episode of Last of the Summer Wine, this woefully misconceived remake of Thunderball gets everything wrong. Awful performances from Rowan Atkinson, Edward Fox and Alec McCowen vie with a career-low score by Michel Legrand. Sean Connery - at least twenty years too old - wears a bad toupee and grey eye shadow and looks like he regrets every second. Even the weather stays murky. Awful.
½ November 11, 2017
I just rewatched this for the first time I many years, and I realize that NSNA embodies the idea that a good villain makes a good Bond movie. Connery has a couple of entertaining moments, but he hasn't anywhere near the charisma of Klaus Maria Brandauer. And I forgot completely that Max Von Sydow played Blofeld, because there's no reason for him to be here at all. He's just a waste of time. Barbara Carrera has fun with her role as well, but the all-too-common idiotic Bond comedic moments with Q and Rowan Atkinson are jarring and annoying. Every pre-Daniel Craig Bond movie seems like a good film idea hobbled by silliness and bad acting. Sometimes that's ok if there's enough charm or plot elsewhere, but here it just ruins what could have been a decent spy flick.
November 7, 2017
It doesn't tread much new ground, but Never Say Never benefits from the return of Sean Connery, a good plot, and great action.
½ September 29, 2017
sean only did this film for the money and to piss of cubby and family
½ September 9, 2017
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.
August 29, 2017
Thursday, May 17, 2012

(1983) Never Say Never Again

After a more than a 12 year hiatas that solidified Sean Connery's name on the map, he returns as the James Bond character that is not affiliated with the other Bond films since they were Broccoli produced and owned. Directed by Irwin Kershner of "The Empire Strikes Back", this time thwarting some nuclear warheads intercepted by a SPECTRE agent. The action, although few was adapted to suit Sean Connery's age of 52 which consists of a few chase scenes blah blah blah. The movie still works since it consists of an interesting take of things unlike other Bond movies we're usually accustomed to seeing. In other words, this is a better second attempt of the slightly disappointed "Thunderball".

3 out of 4
August 22, 2017
Never Say Never (1983) C-137m. ?? 1/2 D: Irvin Kershner. Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Max von Sydow, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, Bernie Casey. Connery returns as 007 in this middling James Bond adventure (a remake of THUNDERBALL) where he tracks down two stolen American nuclear warheads. Connery's tremendous performance makes this widely uneven (and overlong) film watchable; some good lines and action, but the film drags at times, and the opening scene--a practice terrorist mission--makes no sense! Connery's charm makes all the difference; his last appearance as 007. Lani Hall sings the agonizing title song.
½ July 21, 2017
For a remake of Thunderball, I didn't think it was that bad.
½ July 16, 2017
Not one of the better Bond films but Connery is always worth the money. Kim Basinger is great as Domino and its level of self parody helps carry it over the line but only for fans of the franshise
June 26, 2017
Not horrible but it was an unneeded remake of Thunderball.

½ May 30, 2017
This unnecessary remake is not a patch on the original Thunderball, with the villains and Bond girls being especially poor in comparison. Taken on its own merits it's still a fairly bland 80's action movie that just happens to have James Bond in it. But it's not an outright disaster, there's nothing as painful here as in Diamonds Are Forever and Connery is more lively and engaged than his last appearance as Bond. There are moments of action, drama and humour sprinkled throughout that work well, enough to make Never Say Never Again probably better than it has any right to be.
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