Never Say Never Again, Sean Connery's James Bond Movie That Wasn't

By | August 23, 2020

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Sean Connery and Kim Basinger in 'Never Say Never Again.' Source: IMDB

The 1983 James Bond movie Never Say Never Again stars Sean Connery as 007, features beauties Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera, Euro-villains Klaus Maria Brandauer and Max Von Sydow, and charismatic allies Bernie Casey and Rowan Atkinson. The characters Q, M, and Moneypenny appear as well. These are your standard Bond movie ingredients, with perhaps a little extra star power. But Never Say Never Again was no standard Bond film -- in fact, it may not be a Bond movie at all.

Never Say Never Again is an anomaly, enabled by a contractual loophole, featuring a Bond actor who came out of retirement to remake a movie outside the official franchise.

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The one unsanctioned Bond movie. (warpedfactor)

The one and only true Bond, James Bond, Sean Connery made seven films as the iconic British MI6 agent. Six of those legendary Bond films were made by Eon productions who produced and created the vast majority of the 007 movies -- 25 of them, including No Time To Die (2020). However, one of Connery’s magnificent seven, Never Say Never Again, was made outside of the Eon umbrella, 12 years after Connery’s last Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever. The story of how Never Say Never Again came into existence was nearly as convoluted as the plans laid by Bond villains.