Never Say Never Again

Never Say Never Again

DVD - 2000
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From the luxury yacht the length of a football field, Largo oversees a master plan of mayhem involving stolen cruise missiles, nuclear extortion, deadly video games and all the other evils in SPECTRE'S arsenal. James Bond, Agent 007, goes into battle with a fabulous flying motorcycle and other ghastly gadgets, including a fountain pen that can write you off with a bang.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : [MGM/UA Home Entertainment], c2000
ISBN: 9780792847229
0792847229
Branch Call Number: DVD NEV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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tj_is_cool
Oct 31, 2016

Not one of Connery's best Bond movie.

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LibraryUser53
Oct 29, 2016

The majority of the Bond novels had already been published before any movies appeared. Author Ian Flemming's original plan was that Thunderball was to be the first Bond movie. But his lack of experience with the legalities involved of creating a film screen play based upon a book delayed any Thunderball movie. The result: Two different Thunderball movies, this once being the second. Ironically, both star Sean Connery as Bond. Of the two, I prefer this one as it more closely follows the novel's plot. Second, the acting is better; and third, the action scenes are more realistic. Like all Bond movies it's a bit over the top compared w/the novel version. But with some popcorn to much on, it's still a good watch. Modestly recommended.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 06, 2015

I like the title "Jamis plus Jamais" better. This was Connery's last go 'round as Bond, but it was also made out of the fold, so it's not an "official" Bond movie. A loose remake of "Thunderball," this is an embarrassment to the series. Co-stars Klaus Maria Brandauer and Kim Basinger.

aaa5756 Dec 07, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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rwcobur
Jan 03, 2012

Couldn't read the DVD. Seemed badly scratched. Pity some people don't take better care of borrowed resources.

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Cannes
Dec 10, 2011

I like it because Thunderball was a great movie and the story is the basically the same. For the budget some of the special effects hold up ok for an old movie. Sometimes the soundtrack is ridiculous other times it is quite fitting like when he arrives at Shrublands. The ending is hopeless, and M is overplayed by an otherwise good actor. There are some great scenes and locations especially Nice, Ville Franche and Monaco. When they get to North Africa you can turn the tv off. This review is of course for fans who probably have seen it 6 times already.

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AtomicFez
Aug 08, 2011

Perhaps it's because I know how old Connery was that I don't believe most of this. Maybe it's due to the heavy influence of 1983's fashions, or perhaps it's caused by the fact it's a bad re-make of a damned good film I already saw Connery do in the '60s. Whatever it is, this is possibly the least good Bond film of the lot. Some might disagree with me, especially those not a fan of the Dalton films.

For my mind, however, there is no tension in the film, and the crisis is never really present. The big climax arrives like a premature ejaculation, and there is no real tension throughout the story. Part of this might be injudicious selections of score during the film, because the tunes themselves are wonderful, just not very good for the scenes they're in (c.f. the escape on horseback which feels more like a "Carry on..." film than a spy thriller, and the jazz-ified funk tune which follows the race from the house onto the motorcycle through Nice and onto the docks).

What is particularly obvious is the lack of class and style to the film. La Famillia Broccolli not being involved is the likeliest cause of this. The dialogue, the editing, and even the camera work is sub-par, plus the evil sex interest's dénouement is particularly crass and blunt. M is ludicrous, as are most of the third-tier characters (although they could have done well with using the Bahamian contact more than they did).

There are better ways to spend over two hours of ones life. Bond would most likely concur.

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