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Never Say Never Again (SE)
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Apr 17, 2009 By: Jason Adams
Never Say Never Again (SE) order
Director:
Irvin Kershner

Actors:
Sean Connery
Kim Basinger
Barbara Carrera

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Itís been twelve years since we last saw James Bond, but the British super spy is still kicking ass and laying women he doesnít really love. When agents of the evil organization SPECTRE steal two nuclear weapons and threaten the world, itís up to 007 to do what he does best. Have sex with women and stop the bad guys when he gets tired.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN is the INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL of the Bond franchise. Which perhaps explains why Sean Connery, having learned a valuable lesson from this 1983 film, smartly turned down reprising his role as Indyís dad. Thereís no reason for this Bond movie to exist, aside from everybody wanting some quick cash. Due to copyright issues, M is a dude, Q is some random British guy, and Bond drives a motorcycle, not an Aston Martin. The movie wasnít even made by Eon, the normal Bond production company, and was even released in direct competition with the Roger Moore starring OCTOPUSSY. And they couldnít even come up with a new story; the plot is a direct remake of THUNDERBALL. Are we sure George Lucas didnít have a hand in this?

I was seriously excited for this movie. I mean, itís Sean freaking Connery back as James Bond. Sure, he was older, but if anybody got better as they aged it was Connery. And though heís still charming and beds an alarming number of women, the actor does show his age here, especially in the fights. Bond in this movie is content to mainly throw things at his attackers or continually rely on random third parties to miraculously save him.

They mustíve paid Connery a lot of money, because I find it hard to believe he actually signed on having read this script. The plot elements and action beats are completely ridiculous and include things like video game duels, electronic shark attacks, cliff diving on horseback, riding inside a missile and more. Itíd be too embarrassing to watch if it wasnít so funny. The rest of the flick is classic Bond filler; pretty yet disposable Bond girls, stock egomaniacal villains, convenient gadgets, etc. It honestly doesnít feel like anyone was trying here and commits the biggest sin any Bond movie could: inducing boredom.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by director Irvin Kershner and Bond historian Steven Jay Rubin: Oh my God. Irvin Kershnerís voice is amazing. I donít care if the content of this newly recorded commentary consists of a lot of plot summary. I could listen to Kershís voice all night long.

The Big Gamble (16:24): An honest and open look at the filmís preproduction history which was complicated and troubled to say the least.

Sean is Back (8:05): Cast and crew verbally masturbates Sean Conneryís ego for 10 minutes.

The Girls of NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (10:06): This mostly concentrates on the young Kim Basinger (with some fun on set stories), but Iím more impressed by Barbara Carrera, who still looks pretty good.

Theatrical Trailer and Photo Gallery round out the disc.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This film may have itís requisite fans because itís Bond and Connery, but Iím not one of them. Itís unnecessary, silly and boring, all things a 007 movies should not be.

Extra Tidbit: The title comes from Sean Conneryís wifeís response when he told her he would never play James Bond again.
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