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Never say Never Again 1984


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"From here?"
-Sköterska på Shrublands, James Bond

"Oh, how reckless of me. I made you all wet."
"Yes, but my Martini's still dry."

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"M sent you!"
"Only to plead for your return, Sir. M says that without you in the service, he fears for the security of the civilized world."
"Never again."

-Small-Fawcett, James Bond, Domino Petachi


James Bond matches wits with a charming but sinister tycoon who is holding the world nuclear hostage as part of a diabolical plot by SPECTRE. Connery's return to the world of Bond after 12 years is smooth in this remake of "Thunderball" hampered by an atrocious musical score. Carrera is stunning as Fatima Blush. Although Connery is back, purists will have qualms considering this part of the "official" Bond series since longtime Bond producer, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, had nothing to do with this endeavor.
Sean Connery is back for his final performance as superagent James Bond in this high-velocity action thriller from the director Kevin McClory..

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!

Never Say Never Again is NOT considered one of the official Bond films. The "official" Bond films are made by MGM/UA and at least one Broccoli. Never Say Never Again was made by Warner Bros and no Broccoli's worked on it. In fact, the film was released at the same time as Octopussy as a rival. It was a remake of Thunderball. That is not to say that it wasn't a good movie, just not one of the "official" series.

Never Say Never Again (1983)
Year: 1983
Title: Never Say Never Again
UK Premiere:  December 14, 1983
World Premier 7 Oktober 1983
Swedish Premiere 16 December 1983
Running Time 134 min
Producers Jack Schwartzman
Director Irvin Kershner
Writing credits Kevin McClory
  Jack Whittingham
  Ian Fleming
  Lorenzo Semple Jr.
  Ian La Frenais
  Dick Clement
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Art Directors Roy Stannard
  Michael White
Supervising editor Robert Lawrence
Music Score Michael Legrand
Filming Locations Malta
Title Song: Lani Hall
imdb.comfull cast and crew
Movie company: Warner Bros
  • Kevin McClory had the rights to remake Thunderball (but no other Bond film) because of his collaboration with Ian Fleming. This film is not part of the regular franchise.
  • Connery said he'd never play Bond again. His wife helped convince him otherwise and came up with the title as well.
  • The casino where Bond and Largo square off in a videogame battle (baccarat is old, apparently) is named Casino Royale.
Sean Connery James Bond, 007
Klaus Maria Brandauer Largo
Max von Sydow Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Barbara Carrere Fatima Blush
Kim Basinger Domino Petachi
Bernie Casey CIA Felix Leiter
Alec McCowen Q
Edward Fox M
Pamela Salem Miss Moneypenny
imdb.comfull cast and crew
Rowan Atkinson Small-Fawcett

Barbara Carrere  Fatima Blush 

Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Max von Sydow)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Max von Sydow)

"Never Say Never Again" 1983  Svensk original  poster
"Never Say Never Again" 1983 Svensk original poster

"Never Say Never Again" 1983 Svensk original poster
"Never Say Never Again" 1983 Svensk original poster

Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Max von Sydow)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Max von Sydow)


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Pat Roach .... Lippe destroying bullworker
Pat Roach .... Lippe destroying bullworker

Sean Connery James Bond
Sean Connery James Bond
Barbara Carrere  Fatima Blush
Barbara Carrere  Fatima Blush
Barbara Carrere  Fatima Blush
Barbara Carrere  Fatima Blush
Kim Basinger  Domino Petachi
Kim Basinger  Domino Petachi
Klaus Maria Brandauer  Largo
Klaus Maria Brandauer  Largo
Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Max von Sydow)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Max von Sydow)
The Tears of Allah
The Tears of Allah  

Miss Moneypenny: Pamela Salem not in bed with Sean Connery James Bond
Patricia Hearing played by Prunella Gee
Patricia Hearing played by Prunella Gee
in bed with Sean Connery James Bond

Barbara Carrere  Fatima Blush 
James Bond  Valerie Leon .... women in Bahamas
James Bond  Valerie Leon .... women in Bahamas  in bed with  James Bond


 Valerie Leon .... women in Bahamas
  Valerie Leon .... women in Bahamas
Gavan O'Herlihy .... Kaptein Jack Petachi
Gavan O'Herlihy .... Kaptein Jack Petachi
Jack Petachi


The Facts

  • Rated: PG
  • Official Year: 1983
  • Number in Series: Unofficial
  • Running Time: 134 minutes
  • Budget: $36 million
  • UK Premiere: December 14, 1983
  • US Premiere: October 07, 1983


  • James Bond: Sean Connery
  • Miss Moneypenny: Pamela Salem
  • M: Edward Fox
  • Q: Alec McCowen
  • Bond Girl (Domino): Kim Basinger
  • Villain (Emile Largo): Klaus Maria Brandauer
  • Henchman (Fatmia Blush): Barbara Carrera


  • Writing Credits: Kevin McClory
  • Producer: Jack Schwartzman
  • Producer: Kevin McClory
  • Director: Irvin Kershner
  • Composer: Michel Legrand
  • Title Song: Lani Hall

Barbara Carrere  Fatima Blush in bed with Sean Connery James Bond

Domino Petachi: Kim Basinger  Largo- Klaus Maria Brandauer



Rollbesättning i Never Say Never Again

Sean Connery .... James Bond
Klaus Maria Brandauer .... Maximillian Largo, SPECTRE-agent 1

Max von Sydow .... Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Barbara Carrera .... Fatima Blush, SPECTRE-agent 12
Kim Basinger .... Domino Petachi
Bernie Casey .... Felix Leiter, CIA-agent
Alec McCowen .... Algernon (Q)
Edward Fox .... M
Pamela Salem .... Miss Moneypenny
Rowan Atkinson .... Nigel Small-Fawcett
Valerie Leon .... Kvinna på Bahamas
Milos Kirek .... Dr. Kovacs
Pat Roach .... Lippe
Anthony Sharp .... Lord Ambrose
Prunella Gee .... Patricia Fearing
Gavan O'Herlihy .... Kaptein Jack Petachi
Ronald Pickup .... Elliott
Robert Rietty .... Italiensk minister
Guido Adorni .... Italiensk minister
Vincent Marzello .... Culpepper
Christopher Reich .... Nr. 5
Billy J. Mitchell .... Kapten Pederson
Manning Redwood .... General Miller
Anthony Van Laast .... Kurt
Saskia Cohen Tanugi .... Nicole
Sylvia Marriott .... Fransk minister
Dan Meaden .... Utkastare på casinot
Michael Medwin .... Ligger på Shrublands
Lucy Hornak .... Sköterska på Shrublands
Derek Deadman .... Portier på Shrublands
Joanna Dickens .... Kock på Shrublands
Tony Alleff ... Tjänare
Paul Tucker .... Tjänare på Flying Saucer
Brenda Kempner .... Massör
Jill Meager .... Recepsionist på Salon Del La Sante health Spa
John Stephen Hill .... Kommunikations-officer
Wendy Leech .... Kvinnlig gäst
Roy Bowe .... Kapten på Flying Saucer
Roy Alon .... Fängelsevakt (blir kastat i sjön) (okrediterat)
Tony Cyrus .... Arabisk kund (okrediterat)
Rocky Taylor .... Gisselvakt (okrediterat)


Historien från Thunderball filmad på nytt, med få stora skillnader i manus. SPECTRE kapar två kärnvapenmissiler och idkar utpressning mot västvärlden.
James Bond skickas till Bahamas, och träffar på den vackra och oskuldsfulla Domino, den vackra och farliga Fatima samt galningen Largo.

Bakom kulisserna

Kevin McClory var äntligen klar för att filma en nyversion av boken Thunderball, eller snarare de manuskript som den boken baserades på. Han hade vunnit dessa rättigheter i domstol på 60-talet, och hade sedan dess börjat förbereda för ännu en inspelning.
Han står listad som producent, men hade i realiteten ingenting med själva inspelningen att göra.

Missar i filmen

* När Bond tittar på Fatima när hon åker vattenskidor har hon en skida på sig. När hon kommer upp ur vattnet har hon två.

* Under hästjakten, försvinner plötsligt Domino från hästen i ett klipp, då Bond rider under bron.

* När Bond ger Domino massage är flaskan han låtsas ta olja ur tom.

* När Largo ska sälja Domino sätter han på musik på sin radio, tangon som spelades under casinoscenen då Bond och Domino dansade. Men, förutsatt att man i Nordafrika inte spelar tango på lokalradion, så är det mycket konstigt att Largo drar upp antennen för att lyssna på kassettband eller liknande. I resten av filmen verkar Largo ha ganska rejäl koll på elektronik...


James Bond: Sean Connery   Felix Leiter: Bernie Casey

James Bond: Sean Connery   Felix Leiter: Bernie Casey

James Bond: Sean Connery   Felix Leiter: Bernie Casey
James Bond: Sean Connery Felix Leiter: Bernie Casey
James Bond: Sean Connery    Nigel Small-Fawcett: Rowan Atkinson

                     James Bond: Sean Connery    Nigel Small-Fawcett: Rowan Atkinson

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Felix Leiter: Bernie Casey  James Bond: Sean Connery
                Felix Leiter: Bernie Casey  James Bond: Sean Connery

Never Say Never Again is basically a remake of Thunderball, and the character of Patricia Hearing is nearly indentical to the character Patricia Fearing of Thunderball. James meets her at the health spa he is sent to when M decides he's out of shape. James attends an appointment with her in order to check the state of James' back. Later on that night she pays a visit to his quarters because she feels sorry for James because of his strict diet. However James shows her his own secret stash of goodies including Vodka and caviar and invites her to stay the night. She is only seen briefly after this when James passes her in a hallway.
Domino Petachi: Kim Basinger
Domino Petachi: Kim Basinger
  in bed with Sean Connery James Bond
Felix Leiter: Bernie Casey
Felix Leiter: Bernie Casey
Pat Roach .... Lippe destroying bullworker
Pat Roach .... Lippe destroying bullworker
Saskia Cohen Tanugi .... Nicole Bond and  Leiter
Saskia Cohen Tanugi .... Nicole in bed with James Bond Felix  Leiter 
Nicole - Agent 326 (Saskia Cohen Tanugi)    Patricia Fearing (Prunella Gee)       Lady in the Bahamas (Valerie Leon) Absolut Vodka 50% från Sweden in "Never Say Never Again"

 Nicole,                           Patricia Fearing Bond                  Lady in the Bahamas              Absolut Vodka 50% from Sweden in "Never Say Never Again"

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Never Say Never Again (1983)
Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow was born 29 April 1929 in Lund, Sweden. As a teenager, von Sydow and some of his friends founded an amateur theatre company, and later he attended The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.

In 1955, he moved to Malmö, where he met and began working with Ingmar Bergman, and his career really began to take off as he starred in Oscar-winning films produced by Bergman.

Von Sydow went on to since star in such classics as The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) and The Exorcist (1973), and more recently in blockbusters like Judge Dredd (1995) and Minority Report (2002

Bra saker att veta om Never Say Never Again

* Rättigheterna till denna film köptes i slutet av 90-talet av MGM, som vill samla alla Bondfilmer "under ett tak". Först efter flera år bestämde man sig för att ge ut filmen på köpvideo och DVD. Länge gick det inte alls att få tag i denna film.
* Det lär ha varit Sean Connerys fru Micheline som hittade på titeln Never Say Never Again (syftande på Connerys ovilja att spela Bond ännu en gång).
* 1983 var ett hett Bond-år: Medierna älskade att berätta om "Bondarnas krig" ("The battle of the Bonds") eftersom både Moore och Connery släppte varsin Bondfilm under året. Både Connery och Moore blev till sist hjärtligt trötta på denna nyhetsvinkling.
* Kevin McClory krediteras som exekutiv producent, men hade i verkligheten ingenting praktiskt att göra med filmen.
* Producenten Jack Schwartzman erkände senare att han underskattat hur komplex denna filminspelning skulle bli. Filmen drog över budgeten, och Schwartzman fick finansiera stora delar av den överskjutande summan ur egen ficka.
* Man planerade från början en inledningsscen som utspelade sig vid en riddartornering. En av riddarna dödas av en annan riddares spetsiga lans, vilket får en tredje riddare - Bond - att fälla upp visiret och förfölja den förste riddaren. Jakten går till häst över en hinderbana och genom ett parkeringshus. Allt detta bedömdes som alltför dyrt och idén skrotades.
* Rowan Atkinson, alias Mr Bean, har en komisk roll i filmen som brittisk representant.
* Felix Leiter spelas denna gång av en svart skådespelare, Bernie Casey. Det var Connerys idé, eftersom publiken sällan minns Leiters karaktär i Bondfilmerna
* Largos förnamn har i Never Say Never Again ändrats till Maximilian. I Thunderball hette han ju Emilio.
* Valerie Leon, som spelar Bonds kvinnliga Bahamas-kontakt, är den enda kvinna som varit med i tre olika Bondfilmer, alla producerade av olika filmbolag. Filmerna är förutom Never Say Never Again Casino Royale och The Spy Who Loved Me. Visserligen är rollerna ganska små, men i alla fall!
* Trumpetsolot i titelmelodin framförs av Herb Alpert. Han lirade även trumpet i titelmelodin till Casino Royale.
* Enligt en uppgift i Expressen från 1982 skulle Sean Connerys tupé i denna film kosta 36.000 kronor.
* Bond har i denna film en specialväska innehållande bl a en flaska Absolut Vodka, en lyckad svensk produktplacering som fick enormt med utrymme i de svenska medierna.
* Vissa recensenter var lyriska över denna film, t ex Mats Olsson i Expressen som gav den fyra getingar. Jurgen Schildt i Aftonbladet var dock inte imponerad. "Vad nytt under månen?" undrade han (syftande på Connerys flint) och delade ut två plus.
* En krönikör i DN hade inte fattat att Never Say Never Again var en nyinspelning av Thunderball, och att man av juridiska skäl inte fick frångå original-handlingen alltför mycket. Krönikören skrev en lång artikel där han "avslöjade" att "Never" minsann hade stulit det mesta av sin handling från Thunderball. Han börjar sedan räkna upp en massa likheter mellan de båda filmernas intriger. Antagligen tyckte krönikören att han verkligen hade kommit på någonting.
* I en av filmens sekvenser förekommer två Bondbekanta från den officiella serien: vid det NATO-möte där man spelar upp Blofelds utpressningsvideo blir flera delegater upprörda, bl a en italiensk minister som spelas av Robert Rietty. Denne ganska okände skådespelare lånade ut sin röst till Largo i Thunderball och till Tanaka i You Only Live Twice, samt var med själv vid spelbordet i OHMSS.
Den andre Bondbekantingen är Manning Redwood, som här är en amerikansk general. Han spelade senare Conley i A View to a Kill.
* I de svenskspråkiga delarna av Finland döptes filmen till Neka Aldrig Två Gånger.
Filmen slutar med att Connery blinkar till biopubliken, något som flera recensenter har retat sig på.


"Never Say Never Again" 1983  Svensk original  poster
"Never Say Never Again" 1983 Svensk original poster
Fullt namn: Carl Adolf Von Sydow
Födselsedag: Onsdag 10.04.1929
Stjärntecken: Vädur
Födelsestad: Lund, Skåne, Sverige
Ålder: 74 år
Höjd: 190 cm.
Roll: Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Max von Sydow var med i:
Never Say Never Again (1983) Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Biography for
Max von Sydow

Birth name
Carl Adolf Von Sydow
6' 3½" (1.92 m)
Mini biography
He was born in a middle-class family in Lund, where his father was an ethnologist. When he was in high school, he and a few fellow students, including Yvonne Lombard, started a theatre club which encouraged his interest in acting. After conscription he began to study at the Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school (1948-1951), together with Lars Ekborg, Margaretha Krook and Ingrid Thulin. His first role was as Nils the crofter in Alf Sjöberg's Bara en mor (1949). After graduation he worked at the city theatres in Norrkoeping and Malmö. His work in the movies by Ingmar Bergman made him well-known internationally, and he started to get offers from abroad. His career abroad began with Greatest Story Ever Told, The (1965) and Hawaii (1966). Since then, his career includes very different kind of characters, like Emperor Ming in Flash Gordon (1980) or the artist Frederick in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). In 1987 he made his directing debut with Ved vejen (1988). He has become one of Sweden's most admired and professional actors.
Cathrine Brelet (30 April 1997 - present)
Christina Olin (1 August 1951 - 1996) (divorced)
Two sons, Claes and Henrik.

Was offered the title role in Dr. No (1962).

One of his favourite movies is Runaway Train (1985).

Has lived in Los Angeles, California, USA; Rome, Italy and Paris, Seine, France.

One of the only actors to have played both God (in "King of Kings") and the Devil (in "Needful Things").

Father of Henrik von Sydow and Clas S. von Sydow

One of the only actors to have played both God (in "The Greatest Story Ever Told") and the Devil (in "Needful Things").

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Lean-faced, sandy-haired, pencil-thin actor who made his name with America's art-house crowd playing tormented protagonists in a number of director Ingmar Bergman's best-known features, including The Seventh Seal (1957), in which he played chess with the hooded figure of Death. He was cast as Christ in George Stevens' biblical epic The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) and has enjoyed international star status ever since. Von Sydow, a classically trained actor who studied at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theater School, won his first film role in Bara en Mor (1949), but spent the first half of the 1950s perfecting his craft on stage. He appeared in a number of Bergman films in the late 1950s and 1960s, including Wild Strawberries (1957), The Magician, Brink of Life(both 1958), The Virgin Spring (1959), Through a Glass, Darkly (1962), Hour of the Wolf Shame (both 1968), The Passion of Anna (1969), and The Touch (1971). As von Sydow's stock rose with international producers, he was enlisted to appear in many American and English-language films, including The Quiller Memorandum, Hawaii (both 1966), Steppenwolf (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), and Hurricane (1979). He starred in Jan Troell's epic two-part story The Emigrants (1971) and The New Land (1972), and in 1973 made a vivid impression as frail Father Merrin, the title character in The Exorcist (He also appeared in Exorcist II: The Heretic in 1977.) Von Sydow is one of those actors of whom it can be said that he always, always maintains his own dignity in a film, regardless of how silly the production or the story may be (see 1980's Flash Gordon in which he plays Ming the Merciless). He worked almost constantly on a wide variety of projects during the 1980s, from high, wrenching drama like Pelle the Conqueror (1988, for which he earned his only Oscar nomination) to the hallucinatory comedy Strange Brew (1983, which he appeared to enjoy more than a "distinguished actor" might be expected to; costar Dave Thomas even imitates his voice in one scene, uncannily well). In 1988 he made his directing debut with Katinka Recent films include Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World (1991) and The Best Intentions (1992, as Ingmar Bergman's grandfather). He can also be heard doing voice-overs on a number of American TV commercials. In 1993 he played The Devil in the Stephen King saga Needful Things making him the only actor in memory who's played Lucifer, an exorcist, and Jesus Christ.

OTHER FILMS INCLUDE: 1976: Voyage of the Damned, Foxtrot 1977: March or Die 1978: Brass Target 1981: Victory 1982: Conan the Barbarian 1983: Never Say Never Again 1984; Dreamscape, Dune 1986: Duet for One, Hannah and Her Sisters 1987: Wolf at the Door (as Strindberg); 1990: Awakenings 1991: The Ox (for Sven Nykvist), A Kiss Before Dying 1993:The Silent Touch 1995: Judge Dredd.

Background: As explained in the article on Thunderball 1965, Ian Fleming's 8th Bond novel had been the subject of a court case due to the fact that Fleming had based the story on a film treatment that he had produced in collaboration with Jack Whittingham and Kevin McClory. The outcome of this was that the film rights to the book had been assigned to McClory. Realising the futility of competing with the established Bond series in the 60s, McClory had teamed up with EON productions in order to produce Thunderball in 1965. However, he still retained the film rights to the story, and following a 10 year re-make exclusion period he started work on producing a new Bond movie in the late 70s. After much legal wrangling this resulted in Never Say Never Again in 1983, with the added interest of Sean Connery returning to the role, some 12 years after Diamonds Are Forever. During the 90s, McClory was attempting to launch another film based on the story, but this was thwarted by legal action launched by MGM, home of the official movies.

Using the title: The title of the movie was suggested by Sean Connery's wife, Micheline (and her contribution is credited in the end titles). It is not actually given in its full form in the movie, but in the last lines of the movie Bond says "Never again" on receiving a request to return to the Secret Service.

The novel approach: The legal complexities shadowing the movie meant that it was forced to retain the basic storyline of Fleming's novel. There is some change in the details, particularly the method in which SPECTRE hi-jack the nuclear missiles. Some character names have been changed - it is Maximillian Largo not Emilio and Domino Petachi rather than Derval. Largo's yacht is called the Flying Saucer, the literal translation of its name in the book and earlier film. The Fiona Volpe character from the Thunderball movie has been retained in the form of Fatima Blush. In addition, much of the action is relocated from the Bahamas to the south of France.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Never Say Never Again portrays a very different Secret Service to that seen in the EON series at the time. Edward Fox plays a new M who has recently taken over and does not hold Bond in as much regard as his predecessor. Some 10 years later, the official movies would follow a similar approach with Judi Dench's M in GoldenEye. Fox's M has had little use for the Double 0 section, and he is forced to reacivate it by the Home Secretary following the theft of the nuclear weapons.
Miss Moneypenny is present in the form of Pamela Salem and is portrayed as slightly dimmer than the Lois Maxwell version. She only appears briefly; apparently most of her scenes were cut from the finished film.
A character called Q also appears in the film, although again the movie avoids comparisons with the EON series with a very different portrayal of the character. Here, Q (who is named as Algernon) is shown battling with budget cuts and bureaucracy. He is positively delighted to see Bond back on duty ("Good to see you Mr Bond. Things have been awfully dull round here...Now you're on this, I hope we're going to have some gratuitous sex and violence.")

Locations: South America; England (MI6 HQ, Shrublands Heath Farm and Swadley US Air Force Base, near London); SPECTRE HQ, apprently somewhere in France; Nassau and the Bahamas; Monte Carlo and the south of France; North Africa and the Middle East oil fields.

The villain: SPECTRE provides the villainy. Although Ernst Stavro Blofeld appears as its Supreme Commander (see Recurring Characters), it is Maximillian Largo (Number 1) who is in charge of the plot to steal 2 W80 thermo-nuclear devices and hold NATO to ransom (a plot called the Tears of Allah). Largo was born in Bucharest in 1945 and is apparently a billionaire industrialist and philantropist. He has no criminal record and donates money to many worthy causes. He resides in the Bahamas, on the Flying Saucer ("the biggest boat in the Caribbean") and has an estate called Palmerya. His interests include marine biology and designing computer games. And he is also certifiably mad. At least until he is killed by Domino. Largo's main support comes in the form of Fatima Blush, SPECTRE Number 12, who seems equally mad as well as voluptuously sexual.

The girl: Domino Petachi, the sister of Jack Petachi, a US Air Force captain who SPECTRE have got hooked on heroin and blackmailed into assisting in the hi-jacking of the nuclear weapons. She is also the lover of Largo, who takes delight in having total control over her.

Bond's conquests: Four - Patricia Fearing, Fatima Blush, the un-named lady in the Bahamas and Domino.

Gadgets: A fountain pen with a Union Flag design whose nib is an exploding rocket (Q notes that it is not perfected yet, but it still does the job in killing Fatima). A watch containing a laser beam; this is a prototype that has been designed by a KGB defector who was a whizz-kid in their technical sector. A motorcycle with a rocket motor. Strange missile like transporters called XT-7Bs, which are apparently top secret but are carried on-board US submarines.

Recurring characters: As noted above, Blofeld makes his first proper appearance since Diamond Are Forever. The image of Blofed from the earlier films is ignored, and he is potrayed as a dapper bearded gent rather than a balding mad-man. Curiously, he retains his white Persian cat, despite this being an invention of the earlier movies rather than the novels. An interesting touch is that Blofeld's demands to NATO take the form of a video transmission dwelling just on his hands (and the cat) in the same was as Blofeld's first appearances in From Russia With Love and Thunderball.
Felix Leiter appears in the movie, played by Bernie Casey, who became the first black actor to play the part. This casting was apparently deliberate in an attempt to make Leiter more memorable.

Cuts: The British DVD release has a compulsory cut due to alleged cruelty to animals - when Bond and Domino jump of the cliff, the shot of the horse entering the water is missing.

I didn't catch the name?: Bond gives his trademark introduction when he meets Domino properly in the casino. When he meets Fatima in Nassau he just introduces himself as "James".

Vodka Martinis: Martinis are mentioned many times - M notes that Bond enjoys too many of them. Later, Bond confirms this by stating that he always has one at 5 o'clock. However, he never actually orders one that is shaken, not stirred.

Gambling: Although there is a sequence that is set in Monte Carlo casino, Bond does not gamble as such. Instead, he plays Largo at his computer game, Domination. He still manages to win $267,000, but exchanges his winnings in return for a dance with Domino.

Bond bits: The movie makes virtue of Connery's age by showing an older Bond. He has been out of action for a while and has been teaching (an interesting throw-away reference that is not dwelt on), although immediately before the movie he has been taking part in some war games for M. However, he still retains some noteriety since he is recognised by Fatima. Bond drives a vintage Bentley and has tattoos (Connery's real-life tattoos are visible at times, particularly when he boards the Flying Saucer). He still enjoys the good things in life, such as smoking cigars, leading to M to send him to Shrublands Health Farm. At the end of the movie he has retired from the Secret Service, but M is pleading for him to return.

Other trivia: SPECTRE plans to use the stolen nuclear weapons to destroy Washington and the Middle East oil fields. They demand a sum equivalent to 25% of the NATO countries' oil purchases and give a time limit of 7 days. The Secret Service has an emergency code, Tango Zero.

Anything else?: The gun used by Bond is not his famous Walther PPK. It is actually a Walther P5, which was also used by Roger Moore in the same year's EON movie, Octopussy.


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