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Never Say Never Again -- A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

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Director:
Writers:
Kevin McClory (based on an original story by) &
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Release Date:
7 October 1983 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
If you haven't seen Sean Connery in 'Never Say Never Again' then you haven't seen James Bond 007! See more »
Plot:
A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Though I know there's danger there, I don't care " See more (198 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... James Bond

Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Maximilian Largo

Max von Sydow ... Blofeld (as Max Von Sydow)

Barbara Carrera ... Fatima

Kim Basinger ... Domino

Bernie Casey ... Leiter

Alec McCowen ... 'Q' Algy

Edward Fox ... 'M'

Pamela Salem ... Miss Moneypenny

Rowan Atkinson ... Small-Fawcett
Valerie Leon ... Lady in Bahamas
Milos Kirek ... Kovacs (as Milow Kirek)
Pat Roach ... Lippe
Anthony Sharp ... Lord Ambrose
Prunella Gee ... Patricia

Gavan O'Herlihy ... Jack Petachi

Ronald Pickup ... Elliott
Robert Rietty ... Italian Minister
Guido Adorni ... Italian Minister
Vincent Marzello ... Culpepper
Christopher Reich ... Number 5
Billy J. Mitchell ... Captain Pederson
Manning Redwood ... General Miller
Anthony Van Laast ... Kurt
Saskia Cohen Tanugi ... Nicole
Sylvia Marriott ... French Minister
Dan Meaden ... Bouncer at Casino
Michael Medwin ... Doctor at Shrublands
Lucy Hornak ... Nurse at Shrublands
Derek Deadman ... Porter at Shrublands
Joanna Dickens ... Cook at Shrublands
Tony Alleff ... Auctioneer
Paul Tucker ... Ship's Steward
Brenda Kempner ... Masseuse
Jill Meager ... Receptionist at Health Spa
John Stephen Hill ... Communications Officer
Wendy Leech ... Girl Hostage
Roy Bowe ... Ship's Captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roy Alon ... Prison Guard Thrown into Sea (uncredited)
Andy Bradford ... Spectre Henchman (uncredited)
Tony Cyrus ... Arab Buyer (uncredited)

Amy Irving ... Female Computer Eye Scan Voice (uncredited) (unconfirmed) (voice)
Rocky Taylor ... Hostage Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Irvin Kershner 
 
Writing credits
Kevin McClory (based on an original story by) &
Jack Whittingham (based on an original story by) &
Ian Fleming (based on an original story by)

Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay)

Dick Clement  uncredited
Ian La Frenais  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Dryhurst .... associate producer
Kevin McClory .... executive producer
Jack Schwartzman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ian Crafford 
 
Casting by
Maggie Cartier 
 
Production Design by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
Philip Harrison 
 
Art Direction by
Leslie Dilley (supervising art director)
Roy Stannard 
Michael White 
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt 
 
Costume Design by
Charles Knode 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Grantham .... chief makeup artist
Ilona Herman .... make up & hairdresser: Mr. Connery
Stephanie Kaye .... chief hairdresser
Sue Love .... hairdresser
Christine Allsopp .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jean-Pierre Avice .... production manager: France (as Jean Pierre Avice)
Malcolm J. Christopher .... production manager: Bahamas (as Malcolm Christopher)
John Davis .... production manager: (U.K. )
Alexander De Grunwald .... production supervisor (as Alex De Grunwald)
Evzen Kolar .... unit manager: second unit
Apolinar Rabinal .... production manager: Spain
Arnold Ross .... production manager: Spain
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Button .... assistant director
Gregory Dark .... assistant director (as Greg Dark)
Carlos Gil .... assistant director
Steve Harding .... assistant director
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Michael Moore)
David Tomblin .... first assistant director
Raoul Girard .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Marc Jenny .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Christopher Newman .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Christopher Newman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Asad Qureshi .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Carlos Scola .... second assistant director: Spain (uncredited)
Julian Wall .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Betts .... stand-by crew
Leslie Dilley .... supervising art director
Joe Dipple .... stand-by crew
George Djurkovic .... assistant art director
Don Dossett .... assistant art director
George Gibbons .... stand-by crew
Peter Hancock .... property master
Stephen Hargreaves .... stand-by crew
Robert Hill .... stand-by crew
John Lanzer .... property buyer
Bill Welch .... construction manager
Alan Williams .... stand-by crew (as Allan Williams)
John Wood .... assistant art director
Alan Booth .... construction manager (uncredited)
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Dave Midson .... chargehand dressing prop (uncredited)
Denis Rich .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Peter Russell .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Cameron Striewski .... art director: world domination game sequence (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Allen .... sound mixer
Taffy Haines .... sound maintenance
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
Ray Merrin .... dubbing assistant
John Poyner .... dubbing editor
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
David Sutton .... sound boom
Norman Wanstall .... dubbing editor
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Beavis .... special effects technician
David Harris .... special effects technician
Branwell McClory .... special effects technician
Trevor Neighbour .... special effects technician (as Trevor Neighbor)
Roger Nichols .... special effects technician (as Roger Nicholls)
David H. Watkins .... special effects technician (as David Watkins)
Ian Wingrove .... special effects supervisor
Michael Dawson .... special effects administrator (uncredited)
Yves De Bono .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Steve Hamilton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Roger Dorney .... optical supervisor
David Dryer .... supervisor of special visual effects
Robert Shepherd .... optical special effects production supervisor (as Robert R. Shepherd)
Douglas Smith .... optical chief camera operator
Michael Backauskas .... visual effects assistant editor (uncredited)
David Bartholomew .... visual effects assistant editor (uncredited)
Alan Church .... optical camera (uncredited)
Denny Kelly .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... visual effects still photographer (uncredited)
Tom Pahk .... model maker (uncredited)
Smokey Stover .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy Alon .... stunts
Vic Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Dickey Beer .... stunts (as Dickie Beer)
Marc Boyle .... stunts
Edward Garcia Garcia .... stunts
Frank Henson .... stunts
Billy Horrigan .... stunts
Wendy Leech .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt consultant: first & second units (as Glenn Randall)
Michael Runyard .... motorcycle stunts (as Mike Runyard)
Vic Armstrong .... high fall on horseback stunt double: Sean Connery (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunt double: Gavan O'Herlihy (uncredited)
Andy Bradford .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Terry Cade .... stunts (uncredited)
Clive Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Tracey Eddon .... high fall on horseback stunt double: Kim Basinger (uncredited)
Terry Forrestal .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gold .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Nick Hobbs .... additional stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Wayne Michaels .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Valentino Musetti .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Dinny Powell .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Greg Powell .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Doug Robinson .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Tony Smart .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Stuart St. Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Street .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Tip Tipping .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Robert Trahan .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Walsh .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Bill Weston .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Nick Wilkinson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... aerial photography
Paul Beeson .... director of photography: second unit
Keith Blake .... focus puller
Wally Byatt .... camera operator
Martin Evans .... electrical gaffer
Michael Ferris .... underwater camera operator (as Mike Ferris)
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater camera operator (as Jordan Klein)
Ray Meehan .... best boy
Brian Osborne .... camera grip
Bob Penn .... stills photographer
Robert Steadman .... director of photography: underwater sequences (as Bob Steadman)
Montie Taylor .... underwater gaffer
Robin Vidgeon .... focus puller
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Paul Beeson .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Tony Brown .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Wick Finch .... electrician (uncredited)
Martin Kenzie .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Jordan Klein Jr. .... underwater assistant camera (uncredited)
Nigel Seal .... focus puller (uncredited)
Jimmy Worley .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jane Feinberg .... casting: USA
Mike Fenton .... casting: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Bill Barringer .... assistant film editor
Annie Charvein .... assistant film editor
Robert Lawrence .... supervising film editor
Nick Moore .... assistant film editor (as Nicholas Moore)
Peter Musgrave .... additional editing
Wally Nelson .... assistant film editor
John Nuth .... assistant film editor
Kant Pan .... assistant film editor
Joe Seaton .... assistant film editor
Isabelle Devinck .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Herb Alpert .... music producer: title song
Herb Alpert .... musician: trumpet solo, title song
Keith Grant .... music mixer
Michel Legrand .... conductor
Valerie Lesser .... music editor
Sergio Mendes .... music producer: title song (as Sergio Mendez)
 
Transportation Department
Gerry Turner .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Guy Alimo .... technical advisor
Jill Bender .... production assistant
Ricou Browning .... underwater sequence director
Scott Carpenter .... underwater consultant
Gilly Case .... assistant: Mr. Kershner (as Gillian Case)
Ira Curtis-Coleman .... television, computer and electric effects (as Ira Coleman)
Rob Dickinson .... electronic graphics supervisor (as Rob Dickenson)
Jeff Freedman .... merchandising coordinator
Beatrice Geffriaud .... production assistant
Anne Glanfield .... location consultant
Moby Griffin .... boat master (as 'Moby' Griffin)
Sara Keene .... unit publicist
Pamela Mann .... script supervisor (as Pamela Mann Francis)
Kevin McClory .... presenter
Yvonne McGeeney .... assistant: Mr. Schwartzman
Gavin McKinney .... dive master
Gladys Pearce .... production coordinator
Julian Plowden .... associate: Mr. Schwartzman
Linda Rabin .... production assistant
Micheline Roquebrune .... title: "Never Say Never Again" by (as Micheline Connery)
Jack Schwartzman .... presenter
Anne Schwebel .... assistant: Mr. Schwartzman
Talia Shire .... consultant to producer (as Talia Shire Schwartzman)
Jack Smith .... production controller
Anne Marie Stein .... assistant: Mr. Kershner
Paul Tucker .... production accountant
Brian O. Haynes .... location manager (uncredited)
Alex Matcham .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Guy Pechard .... location manager (uncredited)
Gail Samuelson .... secretary: Sean Connery and Michael Dryhurst (uncredited)
Steven Seagal .... martial arts instructor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Adnan Khashoggi .... thanks (as 'A.K.')
Robert A. Shaheen .... thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
134 min | Germany:121 min (cut version)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (in selected theatres)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
George Lazenby was considered by producer Kevin McClory to play Bond but was dropped from consideration when Sean Connery confirmed he wanted the role.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: The nuclear warheads fly very low and very loud, yet, nobody seems to notice them.See more »
Quotes:
Fatima Blush:Now darling must do his little trickie in eight seconds. Then nursie will give baby his candy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Johnny English (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
"Though I know there's danger there, I don't care ", 6 August 2006
Author: Merwyn Grote (majikstl@aol.com) from St. Louis, Missouri

You don't review James Bond movies, you evaluate them, rate them according to how well they meet expectations. There are certain things one has come to expect, even demand of a Bond film and each individual effort either delivers or it doesn't. So, here are ten elements that make a Bond film a Bond film. And even though NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN is not technically part of the official Bond filmography, the mere presence of Sean Connery returning as 007 makes it something more than merely an honorary member of the series. Anyway, here's how it rates on a scale of 1 to 10:

Title: NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: The clever title has no apparent link to the actual storyline, but is instead an in-joke reference to Sean Connery's vow to never play OO7 again after having been lured back once before for DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. Whatever the case, it is a catchy title. 8 points.

Pre-Credit Teaser: Perhaps trying to avoid any obvious parallels to the official EON series of Bond films, there is no Teaser; the opening scenes are just shown behind the credits. And even that is disappointing: yet another "oh-no, Bond has been killed" fakeout. 4 points.

Opening Credits: Other than a screen full of tiny 007's, they didn't even bother trying to jazz up the credits with graphics or split screens or interesting camera angles. 1 points.

Theme Song: As written by Michel LeGrand and sung by Lani Hall "Never Say Never Again" would make for a perfectly pleasant part of a particularly long elevator ride. As a Bond theme, it's merely okay. 6 points.

"Bond, James Bond": Appropriately, since this film sees Connery being lured back into service as Bond after a decade's hiatus, the story begins with 007 facing the question as to whether Bond/Connery is still up to the job. Happily, Connery more than proves himself ready for Bondage again. Though he is a bit grayer, sporting a bit more girth and wearing a slightly more obvious toupee, he seems to have no trouble slipping back into action. All in all, it is one of Connery's best, and most relaxed, turns as the character. 9 points.

Bond Babes: Even in the best of the Bond films, the female characters aren't given much dimension; they exist largely as necessary props for Bond's use. Future Oscar-winner Kim Basinger is granted a great deal of leeway in creating her character of Domino Petachi and the film benefits from this. She does a nice job -- and she's not bad to look at either. 8 points.

Bond Villain: The reports of his death being obviously exaggerated, Blofeld is back -- at least, for the moment -- showing he has more lives than his prized pussycat. One-time Jesus portrayer-turned-stereotypical villain, Max von Sydow isn't given a lot to do in the role, but is a silky presence nonetheless. But he is overshadowed by a wonderful performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer as Maximilian Largo. After a string of banal Bond villains, it is so refreshing for Brandauer to gave a performance that is both subtle, yet colorfully evil. Funny without being campy, ruthless without seeming cartoonish; his Largo ranks right up there with Auric Goldfinger as one of Bond's best villains. 10 points.

Bond Baddies: Fatima Blush! What can I say? As played with all the bold style of a particularly flamboyant drag queen, Barbara Carrera breezes through the film, displaying a mix of self-amused evil and more than a tad of pure psychotic insanity. Bond has crossed paths with a variety of femmes fatales, most of whom have been so easily disposed of that they existed more as amusing eye candy than as characters. But few dared to exhibit such a flare for the dramatic or such fierce determination. Even her untimely demise is spectacular, even by Bondian standards. 10 points.

Sinister Plot: As a remake of sorts of THUNDERBALL, the film does seem a bit been-there-done-that: nuclear missiles are stolen and major real estate will go kaboom if all the countries of the world don't pay a multi-kazillion dollar ransom. But at least producer Kevin McClory was lucky enough to find himself forced to remake one of the weakest Bond adventures. By comparisons, this effort blows THUNDERBALL out of the water. And despite the absence of many Bondian trademarks, the film succeeds on its own. 9 points.

Production values: The film starts out with an uneasy style, like a TV movie trying to be more than it can. But as the story progress, the film gains momentum and a sense of purpose, making it a superior adventure. 8 points.

Bonus Points: There are several odd changes that sets this Bond film apart from the official series. Miss Moneypenny is hardly acknowledged; as played by Edward Fox, "M" is a cranky old grouch with no respect for the "Double Os," a foreshadowing of how Judi Dench would later play the part; and "Q" suddenly has a cockney accent and is all buddy-buddy with Bond. And there is a curious sense of nostalgia throughout the film, such as replacing Bond's Astin-Martin with a vintage Packard and a tango dance number that is cleverly inserted into the story. And a big rescue near the end is on horseback, an homage to THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, which was itself a tribute to the Bond films. 5 points.

Summary: NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN is a mixed bag. In the really important areas, it more than holds it own thanks to hero Connery, villain Brandauer, assassin Carrera and damsel-in-distress Basinger. But the devil is in the details; as seemingly unimportant as the opening credits, theme song and such seem, the film is lacking because of their absence. It all comes off as a faux Bond film; a very good substitute, but a substitute nonetheless.

Bond-o-meter Rating: 78 points out of 100.

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