Monsoon-A-Day: ‘Never Say Never Again’ 1983

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Welcome to Monsoon-a-day.
Where I watch and review a movie a day.

DAY 8: Never Say Never Again

In honor of James Bond week, I decided to review some of the more obscure James Bond films and Rip-offs and next up is: Never Say Never Again.

In 1983, The world got two competing James Bond films, Octopussy Starring Roger moore and Never Say Never Again Starring a way-past-his-prime Sean Connery.

We’re going to talk about the one without the clown bond.

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In the late 50’s, Ian Fleming approached Kevin McClory to produce the first Bond film.
Not liking any of the novels, McClory developed a number of scripts with the help of Fleming (and two other writers) until they settled on one.
Longitude 78 West.

Later retitled: Thunderball.

In 1961, Without McClory’s permission, Fleming made a novelization of the Thunderball script.
McClory sued.
And won.

In 1965, Thunderball was made into a film with McClory producing.

In 1976, McClory announced he was going to make a new James Bond called Warhead. Co-Written by Sean Connery.
The Fleming estate sued.
McClory won.
But the conditions of the lawsuit stated that McClory could only make Bond films based on his original script.

That brings us to Never Say Never Again.

Since it was based on the
Thunderball Screenplay, Obviously the films are going to have the same general plots.
Warheads, Dummy Warheads, Blofeld, Maximillian Largo, extortion, and fake eyes that are supposed to fake retinal scans by duplicating the presidents eyes.

So what does Never Say Never Again
Bring to the table that it’s predecessor didn’t?
Well, for one, it has the best Felix Leiter in the series history.
Bernie Casey is underutilized (as are all the actors who play Felix) but when he is on screen, he’s more charismatic and more badass than Connery.

It also has a solid performance by Sydow as Blofeld.
Again, He isn’t given much to do but a little bit of Sydow is better than nothing.

But the real star of the show is Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi. She’s absolutely stunning and brings a believability to the role.
If this was an official Bond film, She would easily be in the top five “Bond Girls.”

As Bond films go, it’s obviously not the best but it’s certainly not the worst.
I actually prefer this one to almost all of the moore era pictures but it doesn’t hold a candle to the early Connery films.
(It doesn’t help that Connery looks like he’d rather be getting a colonoscopy than take part in whatevers happening on screen.)

I place it somewhere in the middle of the franchise.

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^Why did this happen??