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Never Say Never Again is a 1983 James Bond spy film starring Sean Connery, directed by Irvin Kershner, produced by Jack Schwartzman, and written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. with uncredited additional co-writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, from a story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming. It is the second adaption of Fleming’s Thunderball, which was previously adapted as the 1965 film of the same name. Unlike the majority of James Bond films, Never Say Never Again was not produced by Eon Productions, but by an independent production company, one of whose members was Kevin McClory. McClory, one of the original writers of the Thunderball storyline, retained the filming rights of the novel following a rights controversy.
Connery played the role of James Bond for the seventh and final time, marking his return to the character 12 years after Diamonds Are Forever. The film’s title is a reference to Connery’s reported declaration in 1971 that he would “never again” play that role. As Connery was 52 at the time of filming, the storyline features an aging Bond, who is brought back into action to investigate the theft of two nuclear weapons by SPECTRE. Filming locations included France, Spain, the Bahamas and Elstree Studios in England.
Never Say Never Again was released by Warner Bros. in autumn 1983, opening to positive reviews and was a commercial success, grossing $160 million at the box office, although less overall than the Eon-produced Octopussy released in the same year. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, to date, owns the distribution rights and also distributes Eon’s Bond films, and the company has handled subsequent home video releases of the film.
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Produced by Jack Schwartzman
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Distributed by Warner Bros.1
Release date 7 October 1983 (United States)
15 December 1983 (United Kingdom)
Running time 134 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Budget $36 million
Box office $160 million
Sean Connery as James Bond, MI6 agent 007.
Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi, sister of Jack Petachi and girlfriend/mistress of Maximillian Largo. The surname was changed to Petrescu for the Italian release of the film.
Klaus Maria Brandauer as Maximillian Largo; based on the character Emilio Largo, a senior member of SPECTRE.
Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush; based on Fiona Volpe
Rowan Atkinson as Nigel Small-Fawcett,
Bernie Casey as Felix Leiter, Bond’s CIA contact and friend.
Max von Sydow as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE.
Edward Fox as M, Bond’s superior at MI6.
Alec McCowen as Algernon
Ronald Pickup as Elliott, a government agent working under M
Pamela Salem as Miss Moneypenny, M’s secretary
Saskia Cohen Tanugi as Nicole, Bond’s MI6 contact in France
Prunella Gee as Patricia Fearing, a physiotherapist at the clinic
Valerie Leon as Lady in Bahamas
John Stephen Hill as Communications Officer
Milow Kirek as Kovacs
Pat Roach as Lippe
Anthony Sharp as Lord Ambrose