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Never Say Never Again

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.

With:
Sean Connery Klaus Maria Brandauer Max von Sydow Barbara Carrera Kim Basinger Alec McCowen

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.

Although it is not acknowledged as such, pic is roughly a remake of the 1965 Thunderball. World-threatening organization SPECTRE manages to steal two US cruise missiles and announces it will detonate their nuclear warheads in strategic areas unless their outrageous ransom demands are met.

In short order, Bond hooks up with dangerous SPECTRE agent Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera), who makes several interesting attempts to kill her prey, and later makes the acquaintance of Domino (Kim Basinger), g.f. of SPECTRE kingpin Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer), who enjoys the challenge presented by the secret agent as long as he thinks he holds the trump card.

What clicks best in the film is the casting. Klaus Maria Brandauer makes one of the best Bond opponents since very early in the series. Carrera lets out all the stops, while Basinger is luscious as the pivotal romantic and dramatic figure.

And then, of course, there’s Connery, in fine form and still very much looking the part.

Never Say Never Again

Production: Taliafilm. Director Irvin Kershner; Producer Jack Schwartzman; Screenplay Lorenzo Semple Jr., [Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais]; Camera Douglas Slocombe; Editor Robert Lawrence, Ian Crafford; Music Michel Legrand; Art Director Philip Harrison, Stephen Grimes

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 137 MIN.

With: Sean Connery Klaus Maria Brandauer Max von Sydow Barbara Carrera Kim Basinger Alec McCowen

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