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Never Say Never Again
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- A SPECTRE agent at the conmand of Blofeld infiltrate a US air force base located in the UK and steal two Tomahawk cruise missiles. When NATO is held to a huge ransom, the British reactivate their "00" agents and send James Bond to retrieve the warheads.
- Irvin Kershner (who also directed 'The Empire Strikes Back')
- Walther P5 - Allegedly, Walther had wanted to promote a new model of pistol so the P5 was used here. Interestingly enough, Bond also uses one in the film from the same year, Octopussy, when he "mislayed" his PPK.
- Union Jack-decorated fountain pen which fires rocket projectiles
- Digital wristwatch with laser
- Cigarette case (used as a fake bomb)
- Jet-equipped motorcycle
- Nurse: "Mr. Bond, I need a urine sample. If you could fill this beaker for me?"
James Bond:"From here?"
- Fatima Blush: "Oh, how reckless of me. I made you all wet."
James Bond: "Yes, but my martini is still dry. My name is James."
Nigel: Sorry Im Late, but I took the pre-caution of not being followed.
Bond: That's why you shouted my name half way across the harbor?
Nigel: Did I? I'm sorry! Damn! Damn! Sorry, I rather new to all this.......
- When Fatima skis into him in the bar, Bond is drinking a martini in a martini glass. After some dialogue, in which he refers to the martini, he is drinking a smaller golden drink in a different glass.
- When the guard comes into the prison after Bond cuts himself loose, he does not have a magazine in his AK-47 rifle.
- It is an unnofical Bond film.
- Conquests: 4
- Martinis: ...
- Kills: ...
- "Bond, James Bond": 1
Background and History:
Based on the orginal screenplay that became the novel Thunderball. Producer Kevin McClory had originally helped to develop the storyline for a proposed movie back in the late 50s with Ian Fleming. That movie project didn't materialize and Fleming later used the story for the book Thunderball.
McClory sued Fleming which was settled when McClory retained the rights to the novel "Thunderball," which he immediately made plans to make into a film, wanting to cash in on the popularity of the Danjaq films. Danjaq producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had originally wanted to make "Thunderball" the first James Bond film, but due to the McClory lawsuit, they shelved those plans and instead produced "Dr. No." McClory wanted to make his "Thunderball" film with Sean Connery, but as the Bond star was under contract to Broccoli and Saltzman, he was unavailable. So, a compromise was reached between Broccoli/Saltzman and McClory. McClory was given producer credit on the 1965 movie Thunderball, while the Danjaq partners would "present" the film, with the stipulation that McClory not try and re-make "Thunderball" for ten years (Broccoli and Saltzman presuming that the series wouldn't last that long!). Once that restriction expired, McClory began to create his own James Bond scenario using the characters and situations that he was legally allowed, first as "James Bond of the Secret Service," then as "Warhead." Collaborating on this screenplay were spy writer Len Deighton, as well as Sean Connery. Suits and counter-suits were filed between McClory and Bond producer Albert Broccoli's EON Productions (Saltzman having sold his rights after "The Man with the Golden Gun."). Finally, once all the legal dust had settled, McClory had the freedom in 1983 to make his "Thunderball" remake, which--poking fun at Connery's vow to "never again" play 007--was entitled "Never Say Never Again." (Whew! Got all that?)
Wait. It gets worse. McClory tried for many years afterwards to make ANOTHER remake of "Thunderball," with the title "Warhead," going so far as to sell his "Thunderball" rights to Sony Pictures. Once again, a long, protracted legal battle ensued with the issue coming down to who legally had the rights to make James Bond movies. After years of litigation, EON came out with that distinction, with the added bonus of retaining the rights to the only Fleming title not under their blanket deal, "Casino Royale," which had been made into a 1967 spoof by Sony's picture-making acquisition, Columbia Pictures. In addition, they were given the rights to "Never Say Never Again," as well! (See how this all comes around?)
Ironically, Sony acquired EON Productions' Bond-producing partners United Artists and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in a take-over, so EON, now possessed of the rights, made the first "official" "Casino Royale" film, it was done under the auspices of their former nemesis in court, Sony-Columbia Pictures. It's a funny old world, ain't it?
Never Say Never Again wound up being released in 1983, which was also when Octopussy was released.
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