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Never Say Never Again (1983)

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A S.P.E.C.T.R.E. 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

S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agents under the command of Ernst Blofeld infiltrate a U.S. Air Force base situated in the U.K. and steal two Tomahawk cruise missiles. When N.A.T.O. is held ransom, the British re-activate 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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If you haven't seen Sean Connery in 'Never Say Never Again' then you haven't seen James Bond 007! See more »


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Country:

UK | USA | West Germany

Language:

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

Gross USA:

$55,432,841

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,432,841
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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

The surname of the Ernst Stavro Blofeld character was allegedly named after Thomas Blofeld with whom James Bond Creator Ian Fleming went to school at Eton College. Also known as Tom Blofeld, he was a Norfolk farmer, a fellow member of Boodle's, and the Chairman of the Country Gentleman's Asssociation. His son is cricket commentator Henry Blofeld. Ernst Blofeld's date of birth in the literary James Bond stories is the same date as Fleming's birthday which is May 28, 1908. Also, Ernest Cuneo was a friend of Fleming. According to the book "Martinis, Girls and Guns: 50 Years of 007" (2003) by Martin Sterling and Gary Morecambe: "Cuneo may have also have inspired Blofeld's forenames. It is but a short leap from Ernest Cuneo to Ernst Stavro." According to the book "For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming + James Bond" (2009) by Ben Macintyre: "Alternatively, Blofeld may owe his name to China scholar John Blofeld, who was a member of Fleming's club Boodles, and whose father was named Ernst." In addition, the book "The Bond Code: The Dark World of Ian Fleming and James Bond" (2008) by Philip Gardner states: "The name is also revealing in a psychological way. Ernst is Teutonic for 'earnest', and Stavros is Greek for 'victor', and so he is the 'earnest victor'", and "the name Blofeld means 'blue field', a swipe at his own blue blood rampant in the field, like heraldry", and also, "As the creator of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Blofeld is, in reality, the spectre of Ian Fleming that looms ever present within his divided mind." See more »

Goofs

When the yacht is being observed with the telescope from the shore the scope being used is a Schmidt Cassegrain catadioptric focus with a 90 degree optical back mirror into the eyepiece. Any image being viewed with this arrangement of optics would appear to be upside down and backward. An erecting roof prism would need to be substituted for the 90 degree optical back mirror for objects to appear right side up and properly oriented horizontally. See more »

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[Largo explains about the Domination video game]
Largo: This game has one objective: power. We will be fighting for countries, chosen at random by the machine. But for this demonstration, I will choose France. Target areas will light up on the map. Whoever hits them first with his laser beam will score a point. But there is another way to win: with your left hand, you control two nuclear missiles; with your right hand, you control a shield to block my missiles. But if you fail... Boom, I win the game. ...
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Alternate Versions

Network TV (US and UK) version omits final few seconds of death of Lippe. In the theatrical release, Bond throws a urine sample in Lippe's face, who staggers backwards into a cupboard full of beakers, then falls face down, dead, with several glass beakers embedded in his back. This last fall is not shown in the TV version, leaving Lippe dead for no apparent reason. See more »

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Never Say Never Again
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Lani Hall
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Playing Tag With Mr. Shark
26 December 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I've always liked Sean Connery, but as James Bond I've always favored Roger Moore. Still it was Connery who set the Bond standard and while he had by 1983 established himself as something other than James Bond, the money must have been irresistible for him to make one more appearance as 007 and save the world from the evil designs of Spectre.

And what designs they are in Never Say Never Again. SPECTRE with the help of a foolish young Air Force officer who happens to be Kim Bassinger's brother stole two nuclear missiles during a war games exercise and now SPECTRE headed by Blofeld, played here by Max Von Sydow is threatening blackmail of the world.

Von Sydow's operations guy is Klaus Maria Brandauer who is also courting Bassinger and is a bit on the crazy side. And he's got a female assassin working for him in Barbara Carrera who makes Angelina Jolie as Nora Croft look like Mrs. Butterworth.

But before Sean Connery can even get started he's got to deal with a new 'M' running things at British Intelligence. Edward Fox thinks Connery is old fashioned in his methods and costs the British taxpayers too much money with his violent ways. I really did enjoy Fox's performance, he's like the great grandson of Colonel Blimp.

I also enjoyed Carrera, she's something to look at and quite resourceful in her methods. When she's scuba diving with Connery in the Bahamas, note how she puts Mr. Shark on 007's case.

Will Connery do James Bond again? He was widely quoted as saying who would they cast him as at this point, Roger Moore's father? But I think Connery would still be formidable in a wheelchair.


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