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Never Say Never Again (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Sean Connery is back for his final performance as superagent James Bond in this high-velocity action thriller from the director of The Empire Strikes Back. When two atomic warheads are hijacked by the evil SPECTRE organization, Agent 007 is hurled into an explosive, pulse-pounding race to save the world from nuclear terrorists!
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Directed by Irvin Kershner, this film is actually a remake of "Thunderball" which first hit the screen in 1965. SPECTRE is back this time headed up by Max Von Sydow as Blofeld and next in command, Klaus Maria Brandauer as Largo. They have managed to kidnap a couple nuclear missiles from the U. S. Air Force. They want a bazillion dollars or else they will blow up stuff and kill a lot of people. 007 has actually been placed on a desk assignment along with the rest of the double 0's by M (Edward Fox) who doesn't appreciate their value in the modern era of espionage.
With little choice, and pressure from the Home Secretary, Bond is reactivated and charged with recovering the nuke-armed Tomahawks. Bond tracks down Largo to the Bahamas but is constantly thwarted by Fatima Blush (very good Barbara Carrera), a sometime playmate of Largo's and his constant bodyguard. Bond's romantic focus is Domino (Kim Basinger), who keeps company with Largo but is also the sister of an Air Force officer who switched sides and became a casualty.
This is a fairly routine Bond outing, aside from the flamboyant Carrera. Connery pulls off the coolness factor without question but it is also pretty evident he had plenty of body doubles and stuntmen do much of the heavy lifting. As with all of the Bond films the locations (Bahamas, France, Monaco, England and Florida) are great as is the photography. I did miss the opening sequence of Bond shooting at us from the iris-like tunnel. Herb Alpert and wife Lani Hall, handle the title song and Michel Legrand did the film score. I only had a DVD released in 2000. For the most part it looked pretty good on my rig. One exception is a couple incidents of very visable noise which looks like a piece of film bled through during the transfer. It only last a couple seconds. The audio only comes in Dolby Digital 2.0 channel. Subtitles are available in French and Spanish.
fight budget cutbacks, an "M" that knows nothing of what the "Double O's" are
about, and the standard ruthless SPECTRE henchmen and henchwoman. For the experienced
James Bond fan, the movie contains a lot of subtle humor that pokes fun at some of
the characters from other "Bond" movies. Although this movie was not produced at
EON studios, and was not directed by the Broccoli family, it has the action and
settings that make the "James Bond" world seem so real. And to top it all off,
the title of the film was inspired by Sean Connery's real world wife ! Great fun
with an interesting backstory.
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