Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Never Say Never Again

Continuing my glacial quest to watch all of the Bond films in order, Sharon, Jack and I watched Never Say Never Again on Saturday night. Released in 1983 by Warner Bros., the film is a non-EON Productions remake of the 1965 James Bond film, Thunderball. It stars Sean Connery in his final film performance as British Secret Service agent James Bond 007. Although not part of the official series, it is the seventh "Bond" movie to star Sean Connery and was made 12 years after he started in Diamonds are Forever. It was the first Bond movie to use a non-Ian Fleming originated title.

In the story, a SEPCTRE agent infiltrates an American military base in England and orders the dummy warheads in two cruise missiles replaced with two live W80 nuclear warheads during a test. SPECTRE intercepts the cruise missiles and uses the warheads to extort billions of dollars from the governments of the world.

The film takes place in an alternative timeline compared to previously released films. It ignores the events of the previous six Sean Connery films. In particular, Blofeld is active and apparently previously unknown to Bond and MI6.

In addition to Sean Connery as James Bond, the movie stars Kim Basinger as Bond's primary love interest Domino Petachi, Barbara Carrera as Largo's henchwoman Fatima Blush and Klaus Maria Brandauer as Maximillian Largo.

I believe that this is the first Bond Film that I ever saw in the theater. I can remember seeing it in a packed theater in 1983 with Alison and spending part of the film listening to a crying baby. I am ambivalent about the movie; I don't really like it or dislike it.

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