Never-Say-Never-Again-1-DI
1983 Running time: 129 Certificate: pg Rating: 3
Never-Say-Never-Again-KA

Synopsis

This rogue non-EON entry into the Bond canon saw the return of Sean Connery as 007 12 years after he last played the role in Diamonds Are Forever. Loosely based on the plot of Thunderball, Bond has to recover two US cruise missiles from the genocidal grip of international crime syndicate SPECTRE. Kim Basinger played the mistress of the villain Maximillian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and there was comic relief from Rowan Atkinson as bumbling Foreign Office representative Nigel Small-Fawcett.

Director

  • Irvin Kershner

Cast

  • Sean Connery

  • Kim Basinger

  • Klaus Maria Brandauer

  • Max von Sydow

  • Barbara Carrera

Review

A rogue entry into the Bond bank (this was not from the Albert R Broccoli stable, and the title refers to the fact that Sean Connery had said he would never play Bond again, on retiring from spying in the early Seventies), this is a rather lengthy remake of Thunderball.

The excellent Connery purrs lethally as 007, but is given hot competition in the acting stakes by Klaus Maria Brandauer, who makes Largo a memorable smiling psychotic.

Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera are well cast as heroine and villainess, and respond wholeheartedly to the demands of their respective roles.

The action is staged with all the mechanical efficiency of the official Bond films, and the script cuts down on the smut and beefs up the wit.