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Kind of a pointless remake, but it had enough interesting points in it to make it just borderline fresh.
Sean Connery is really starting to show his age in this, though his body is really in shape still.
I really can't stand Kim Basinger...not just in this, in ANYTHING.
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NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN
(IRVIN KERSHNER, 1983)
PG
2 HOURS 14 MINUTES
First half an hour is pretty cool, as it deals with MI6 being obsolete. After that it's fairly standard and often dull. Never been a big fan of the underwater action sequences in Bond flicks. Nice to see Connery's Bond again.
All in all an interesting movie, as it's one of the 2 (3 if you count made for TV Casino Royale) unofficial Bond flicks. Fairly entertaining standard thriller. Saved by Kurt Russel.
Contains some stupid stuff though, such as a reporter who doesn't even bother checking his articles. We pretty much learned this in our first class.

Never Say Never Again (1983)

I've recently been going through a phase where I am watching all of the James Bond movies in the order they were released. Unfortunately at the moment I had to stop after You Only Live Twice for the time being because the store I usually rent from did not have On Her Majesty's Secret Service, so I decided to rent two unofficial Bond movies, Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again. This movie was not as good as the other Bond films but it wasn't bad. It didn't really have the feel of a real Bond movie which was a little disappointing. I also found the first 30 minutes or so to be somewhat boring but it did finally heat up after that. This is basically a remake of Thunderball but nowhere near as good. Still it's a fun movie and I suppose any Bond fan should own it.
Watching the aging Connery play an aging Bond is both hilarious and exciting, much like the aging Batman in The Dark Knight Returns. Connery withstands the age of time by maintaing a solid portrayal of the character he was born to play. Plus, Basinger lights up any movie she's in.
Never Say Never Again (1983): 8/10

Casino Royale (2006) = Amazing
Casino Royale (1967) = Really Bad
Casino Royale (1954) = Pretty Good
Never Say Never Again = Pretty Good
(*** 1/2):

The unofficial Bond picture and I would say it is actually better than most of the official ones. Connery is great (of course) and this is one of the more entertaining and action-packed entry with the character.
Stunning remake to Thunderball with the Bond genre still intact. An ageing Sean Connery leads an impressive cast including Brandauer's Largo, Sydow's Blofield and Basinger's Domino. The Blofield character could have been in the story a bit more though.
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