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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 »
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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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Color:
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (in selected theatres)
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Trivia:
A stunt involving a horse jumping off a cliff caused controversy among animal rights activists including the RSPCA. it became standard practice for movies to include a disclaimer (when applicable) indicating that animals were not mistreated during production.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Captain Jack Petachi hears Fatima Blush coming, he puts his cigarettes and matches under the sheets. When James Bond searches the room the next day, he finds the cigarettes and matches under the mattress.See more »
Quotes:
M: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!
James Bond:A man DID try to kill me, sir.
M:Oh! Caught you seducing his wife, did he?
James Bond:No, sir, not at all. But, in fact, I did lose 4 lbs and God knows how many free radicals.
M:[slams the table] That is the KIND of attitude that tempts me to suspend you, 007!
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70 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
Ringing the Changes on a Familiar Theme, 26 April 2005
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

The year 1983 saw a strange phenomenon; two rival Bond films. "Octopussy", starring Roger Moore, was part of the official Cubby Broccoli Bond franchise. "Never Say Never Again", made by a rival producer, is, apart from the awful "Casino Royale", the only Bond movie which does not form part of that franchise. Its big attraction was that it brought back the original Bond, Sean Connery; its title reputedly derived from Connery's remark after "Diamonds Are Forever" that he would never again play the role. Some have complained that Connery was, at 53, too old for the role, but he was in fact three years younger than his successor Moore, who not only made "Octopussy" in the same year but went on to make one further Bond film, "A View to a Kill", two years later.

The film owes its existence to the settlement of a lawsuit about the film rights to Ian Fleming's work. It is perhaps unfortunate that the terms of the settlement included a clause that the new film had to be a remake of "Thunderball", as that was perhaps not the greatest of the Connery Bonds. (A remake of "Dr No" or "Goldfinger" might have worked better). The plot is much the same as that of the earlier film; the terrorist organisation SPECTRE, acting together with a megalomaniac tycoon named Largo, have stolen two American nuclear warheads and are attempting to hold the world's governments to ransom by threatening to detonate them unless they receive a vast sum of money. It falls to Bond, of course, to save the world by tracking down the missing missiles.

The film is fortunate in that it has not just one but two of the most beautiful Bond girls of all, Barbara Carrera as the seductive but lethal Fatima Blush and Kim Basinger as Largo's girlfriend Domino who defects to Bond's side after learning of her lover's evil plans. A number of the Bond films have a plot that hangs upon the hero's ability to win over the villain's mistress or female accomplice- there are similar developments, for example, in "Goldfinger", "Live and Let Die" and "The Living Daylights". In the official series, Bond's ally is normally regarded as the female lead, but here Carrera, playing the villainess, is billed above Basinger, who was a relatively unknown actress at the time. Basinger, of course, has gone on to become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, whereas Carrera is one of a number of Bond girls who have somewhat faded from view.

Of the villains, Max von Sydow makes an effective Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE, but Klaus Maria Brandauer seemed too bland and nonthreatening as Largo, except perhaps during the "Domination" game, a more sophisticated variant on those violent computer games such as "Space Invaders" that were so popular in the early eighties. Brandauer can be an excellent actor in his native German, in films such as "Mephisto" and "Oberst Redl", but he does not comes across so expressively in English.

One of the film's features is that it both follows the normal Bond formula and, at times, departs from it. There is the standard world-in-peril plot, chase sequences, a series of exotic locations, glamorous women, sinister villains and a specially written theme song based on the film's title. There is, however, no extended pre-credits sequence, and we see some familiar characters in a new light. For example, Bond's boss M becomes a languid, supercilious aristocrat, his American colleague Felix Leiter is shown as black for the only time, and the scientist Q is portrayed by Alec McCowen as a disillusioned cynic with (despite his characteristically upper-class Christian name of Algernon) a distinctly working-class accent. There is also an amusing cameo from Rowan Atkinson as a bumbling British diplomat. Although Connery was perhaps not quite a good here as he was in some of his earlier films in the role, this ringing the changes on the familiar theme makes this one of the more memorable Bonds. 7/10

A goof. Rowan Atkinson's character states that he is from the British Embassy in Nassau. As, however, the Bahamas is a Commonwealth country, Britain would have a High Commission in its capital, not an Embassy.

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