A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
SPECTRE agents under the command of Ernst Blofeld infiltrate a US air force base situated in the UK and steal two Tomahawk cruise missiles. When NATO is held to ransom, the British reactive their "00" agents and send James Bond to recapture the warheads and kill Blofeld. Written by
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This Warner Brothers film was intended to go head-to-head with the official Eon Productions Bond franchise film Octopussy (1983) at the box-office. Never Say Never Again (1983) was released four months after Octopussy. Because the films starred Roger Moore and Sean Connery, each equally recognized to the movie going public as James Bond at the time, much of the talk in the press was of a "Bond vs. Bond" or "Battle of the Bonds" showdown at the box-office. Most industry analysts predicted that Never Say Never Again would win out at the box-office, due to the return of Connery, more press, and a significantly larger production budget than Octopussy. According to a press release from Variety in 1985, this was not the case. Variety quoted figures from MGM and Warner Brothers that listed Octopussy's U.S. gross at $67.9 million, and Never Say Never Again's U.S. gross at $55.4 million. It also listed Octopussy's worldwide gross at $187.5 million, and Never Say Never Again's worldwide gross at $160 million. The article also stated that, according to the studios, Octopussy had $34.031 million in U.S. rentals, while Never Say Never Again had $28.2 million in U.S. rentals. When the final results were in, Never Say Never Again, and Sean Connery, ended up losing the "Bond vs. Bond" showdown. See more »
When Bond and Max are playing the video game for World domination, Max's score on the final game is inconsistent. At one point, he has 31,000 points, a few scenes later, it's now $24,000, assuming the other player cannot "steal" points from the other. See more »
I send you to a health farm to get yourself in shape! Instead you DEMOLISH it! Now I've had to notify the local police, get a minister to muzzle the press, and allocate a sizable chunk of my meager budget to renovating the establishment!
A man DID try to kill me, sir.
Oh! Caught you seducing his wife, did he?
No, sir, not at all. But, in fact, I did lose 4 lbs and God knows how many free radicals.
[slams the table]
That is the KIND of attitude that tempts me to suspend you, 007!
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Never Say Never Again got its title because Sean Connery had said in the 1970s (shortly after Diamonds Are Forever) that he would "never" do another Bond film. However, in 1983 he was persuaded to return to the role for a one-off special, a remake of his fourth entry Thunderball, and his wife rather humorously said to him that in the future he should make a point never to say never again. This film actually came out close to a Roger Moore entry in the series (Octopussy), and although Connery had more admirers as 007 than Moore, it was surprisingly Octopussy that scored a bigger box office hit.
Connery's Bond is older and more vulnerable than we remember him. His boss, M, doesn't hold him in very high regard and actually suggests that he take some time off in a plush health spa. During his time here, Bond uncovers a strange plot and the further he delves into the mystery the more he discovers. It seems that his old adversaries SPECTRE, fronted by the nefarious Blofeld (Max Von Sydow) have stolen two nuclear warheads which they will detonate if they are not paid an extortionate ransom. Chief overseer of this hideous plan is Emile Largo (Klaus Maria Brandeur), and Bond pursues Largo around the globe in an attempt to stop him, visiting such places as Monte Carlo and North Africa during the course of the mission.
The music by Michel Legrand is poor by series standards. It sounds rather similar to his music for the sleazy 1981 movie Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid, and is really ill-suited to this Bond production. However, in terms of villains, they've come with a couple of great ones for this film. Largo, as personified by Brandeur, is smooth but deadly, and hench-woman Fatima Blush (the sensual Barbara Carrera) is uncommonly disturbing. Rowan Atkinson also has a fairly good role as a dim-witted agent assigned to "help" Bond. The big action sequences are quite good, especially the horse chase around the North African sea-fortress and the motorbike chase, although some of the underwater moments are tough to understand because it's hard to figure out who is who behind the diving masks.
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