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Never Say Never Again (1983)

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A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

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Irvin Kershner

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Kevin McClory (based on an original story by), Jack Whittingham (based on an original story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... James Bond
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Maximilian Largo
Max von Sydow ... Blofeld (as Max Von Sydow)
Barbara Carrera ... Fatima
Kim Basinger ... Domino Petachi
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 Milos Kirek ... Kovacs (as Milow Kirek)
Pat Roach ... Lippe
Anthony Sharp ... Lord Ambrose
Prunella Gee ... Patricia
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Storyline

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 Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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Official Sites:

MGM

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UK | USA | West Germany

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English | French | Spanish | Arabic

Release Date:

7 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warhead See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,958,157, 10 October 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$138,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (in selected theatres)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

SPECTRE stood for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion. See more »

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In the opening where the guards are playing chess the board is set up backwards - white or the lighter color square is always placed in the right hand corner. See more »

Quotes

[Fatima Blush lands in James Bond's arms when she water-skis up the ramp to the bar]
Fatima Blush: Oh, how reckless of me. I made you all wet.
James Bond: Yes, but my martini is still dry. My name is James.
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Alternate Versions

UK version (rated 'PG') is cut by 8 secs to remove animal cruelty - a horse landing on its back in water after a high jump from a cliff. See more »

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Soundtracks

Never Say Never Again
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Lani Hall
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Not exceptional... but there's Connery!
22 September 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

In 1965 producer Kevin McLory -who owns a part of the Bond cinematic rights- associate with EON Productions (Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli) for making "Thunderball", the fourth film of the 007 franchise. The star is Sean Connery, of course.

In 1982 McLory wins a legal battle and can produce an "independent" Bond film. "Never say never again" (NSNA) is one of the two "unofficial" 007 films made outside EON (the other is the 1967 comedy spoof "Casino Royale"). NSNA is a remake of "Thunderball" and stars the original Bond, Sean Connery -who comes back to the role after many years of absence.

The film is released some months after "Octopussy" with Roger Moore, the 13th episode of the EON series. At the time press calls it "War of the Bonds"... Both films are a big success in 1983, even if "Octopussy" earns more money at the box office.

NSNA is a luxurious film made by excellent technicians -director Irvin Kershner who led "The Empire strikes back", Douglas Slocombe -cinematographer of "Raiders of the lost Ark"-, and screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr -who wrote "The three days of the Condor"- among others...

The cast is excellent with Connery, a then relatively unknown Kim Basinger, Barbara Carrera, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max Von Sydow, Edward Fox...

Although all that the film remains inferior to the original "Thunderball". It lacks many fundamental ingredients for being a real Bond movie: there's not the traditional gun barrel sequence, there's not the "James Bond theme", M and Q are not played by the traditional actors... It's a copyright reason: EON only is allowed to use these elements. Briefly, NSNA lacks the classic cinematic 007 atmosphere.

On the other hand the film is exciting and enjoyable. Brandauer is a very good villain and the women (Basinger and Carrera) are sensual and gorgeous. But the main highlight is Sean Connery! He's once again wonderful in the role, he's older but looks fitter and nicer here than in "Diamonds are forever", his last performance in the role of the British super-spy before NSNA.


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