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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:
Not terrible, just tired, flat, and uninspired See more (195 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)
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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:
Color (Technicolor)
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
As Sean Connery was 52, it was decided to make James Bond a retired secret agent in this film. However, he was three years younger than Roger Moore when he played the still serving Bond in Octopussy (1983) earlier the same year.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Bond and Fatima go scuba diving, they're both clearly shown wearing black scuba tanks. After Fatima leaves and the sharks descend on Bond, there is one closeup where Bond is wearing a tank with chrome or unpainted finish.See more »
Quotes:
Largo:Are you a man who enjoys games?
James Bond:Depends with whom I'm playing.
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Soundtrack:
Never Say Never AgainSee more »

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32 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Not terrible, just tired, flat, and uninspired, 22 March 2008
Author: ametaphysicalshark from prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com

"Never Say Never Again", as everyone knows by now, was the second Bond film to be released in 1983, and was nearly as big a hit as "Octopussy" was (that film was still playing in some theaters when "Never Say Never Again" was released). Lacking the distinctive gun-barrel opening and famous Bond theme among other distinctive features of the EON franchise films, this lacks not only the feel of the EON Bond series, but of Fleming's work, leaving a seriously bloated mess of an American action thriller which happens to feature Bond as the lead character.

Why? That's the first question anybody should be asking about this film. A cynic (which I probably qualify as) would say 'for the cash', others might say it was just to get Connery back as Bond and give him a proper goodbye. Some might say it was in retaliation to the direction the Moore films were headed in, although "For Your Eyes Only" is a far superior and far less bloated film than this, so that argument doesn't quite work.

Of course, there's a lot to dislike here. Connery has moments of inspiration where he slips right back into character, but for most of the film he just looks really old and slightly ridiculous, which fits the plot but doesn't make his performance any less tired. Still, I'd argue that this is a better send-off for him as Bond than "Diamonds are Forever". Kim Basinger is a terrible Bond girl, and as much as I like Rowan Atkinson he shouldn't be anywhere near a Bond film. In addition, the villains here fall flat as well.

That said, "Never Say Never Again" is not a film I can hate, even if I wanted to (and I never want to hate anything), simply because little of it comes off as especially bad yet all of it comes off as flat, bland, and uninspired, and far, far too American for a Bond film. It's just sort of... there being the bloated, over-long, but not terrible film it is. I don't count it as a 'Bond film', as it doesn't feel remotely like one, but even just as an action thriller it doesn't quite work.

5/10

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