Never Say Never Again
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The title of the 1983 James Bond adventure Never Say Never Again is a self-mocking reference to star Sean Connery's insistence back in 1971 that he would never play Bond again. Reportedly, the huge salary offered Connery was but one consideration that brought him back to the 007 fold; the other was the producers' assurance that Connery would have full control over all aspects of production, a promise that was not kept often enough to the star's liking. Essentially, this film is a remake of the 1965 Bond flick Thunderball (the producers were able to get away with this due to a legal… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"In Never Say Never Again, the formula is broadened to accommodate an older, seasoned man of much greater stature, and Mr. Connery expertly fills the bill."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"After a 12-year hiatus, Sean Connery is back in action as James Bond. The new entry marks something of a retreat from the far-fetched technology of many of the later Bonds in favor of intrigue and romance."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A fitting farewell to 007's most enduring embodiment: as much a playful send-up as a loving final embrace."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"The slick production values impress and Barbara Carrera and Klaus Maria Brandauer are good value villains, but Irvin Kershner appears to have nodded off in the director's chair."
‑ , Total Film
"Connery proved plenty fit for one more outing...a likeable but somewhat mediocre adventure handsomely mounted in the traditional Bond style...[Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, ON Magazine
"Without absolute conviction, no action film can survive: if there's no belief, there's no danger."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The action's good, the photography excellent, the sets decent; but the real clincher is the fact that Bond is once more played by a man with the right stuff."
‑ , Time Out
"Can we just consider 1983 a lost year for James Bond? First, "Octopussy," then Sean Connery's return in a depressing dilution of the 007 brand - one that ends with a fourth wall-breaking wink indicative less of arch fun, more of bored indifference."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"An ugly, unwanted epilogue [to Connery's Bond], in which the character who was so iconic and perfect is reduced to a self-conscious joke."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's an aging and unenthusiastic Connery who returns to play Bond, who doesn't have the physicality to do justice any more to the demanding muscular role."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is good to see Connery's grave stylishness in this role again. It makes Bond's cynicism and opportunism seem the product of genuine worldliness (and world weariness) as opposed to Roger Moore's mere twirpishness."
‑ Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Ah, yes, James, it is good to have you back again."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"I know Bond fans were furious about this movie cause it wasn't an Eon production, and I think they're wrong. They should be furious at it because it's a horrendous film."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"a cheeseball experience with a strange and horrible pedigree"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Connery was perhaps wise to call it quits the first time round."
‑ , Empire Magazine
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