Never Say Never Again | 1983 | Sean Connery, Kim Basinger

Never Say Never Again | 1983 | Sean Connery, Kim Basinger

Sean Connery as you’ve never seen him before and never will see him again – white haired and dancing in the last film in which he donned the 00 dinner jacket. A not-bad remake of earlier Bond outing Thunderball

Encouraged by a large fee and a generous bonus for one of his favourite charities, Connery returned after 12 years to star as Bond, James Bond. The title of the film, of course, includes an in joke about Connery’s vow after 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever to never play Bond again.

He was on familiar territory since this is basically a reworking of his fourth Bond movie Thunderball. 007 is up against SPECTRE, who have stolen two nuclear warheads and are holding the world to a vast ransom. His main adversary is Largo (Brandauer) and here’s Blofeld again, white cat and all, in the angular shape of Von Sydow.

Connery has style, if not quite the energy quotient (he was 53 at the time) – some nifty editing and a redundant dance routine make him look good.

cast
Sean Connery as James Bond
Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi
Klaus Maria Brandauer as Maximilian Largo
Edward Fox as M
Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush
Max von Sydow as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Bernie Casey as Felix Leiter
Alec McCowen as Q ‘Algy’ Algernon
Pamela Salem as Miss Moneypenny
Rowan Atkinson as Nigel Small-Fawcett
Gavin O’Herlihy as Jack Petachi
Ronald Pickup as Elliott
Prunella Gee as Patricia Fearing
Michael Medwin as Doctor at Shrublands
Valerie Leon as Lady in Bahamas
Pat Roach as Lippe
Milos Kirek as Kovacs
Saskia Cohen Tanugi as Nicole
Anthony Sharp as Lord Ambrose
Manning Redwood as General Miller
Anthony Van Laast as Kurt
Sylvia Marriott as French Minister
Guido Adorni as Italian Minister
Billy J. Mitchell as Captain Pederson
Vincent Marzello as Culpepper
Derek Deadman as Shrublands Porter
Lucy Hornak as Nurse at Shrublands
Joanna Dickens as Cook at Shrublands
Christopher Reich as Number 5
Dan Meaden as Casino Bouncer
Brenda Kempner as Masseuse
Tony Alleff as Auctioneer
Jill Meager as Receptionist at Health Spa
John Stephen Hill as Communications Officer
Christopher Malcolm as USAF Swadley General (uncredited)
Marsha A. Hunt as SPECTRE Agent (uncredited)
Robert Rietti as Italian Minister

crew
Production Design: Stephen B. Grimes
Production Design: Philip Harrison
Supervising Art Director: Leslie Dilley
Art Direction: Roy Stannard
Art Direction: Michael White
Property Master: Peter Hancock
Director Of Photography: Douglas Slocombe
Costume Design: Charles Knode
Director: Irvin Kershner
Script Supervisor: Pamela Mann
Supervising Film Editor: Robert Lawrence
Producer: Jack Schwartzman
Executive Producer: Kevin Mcclory
Original Music Composer: Michel Legrand
Sound Recordist: Simon Kaye
Sound Mixer: David Allen
Original Story: Jack Whittingham, Kevin Mcclory
Screenplay: Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Novel: Ian Fleming

Germany – UK – USA | 134 minutes | 1983

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