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Never Say Never Again is a film adaptation of the Ian Fleming 007 novel, "Thunderball" and was directed by Irving Kershner. However it is not considered part of the regular James Bond film series as it was independently produced and filmed even though it does star Sean Connery in his seventh and final outing as the titular 007.
Legal issues arose around Ian Fleming's original novel and the rights to its film adaptation of the same name, Thunderball. After a lengthy legal wrangling, filming rights reverting to Kevin McClory despite several challenges by Eon Productions and Fleming's heirs to block the release of Never Say Never Again; it was only allowed as to be presented as a remake of the 1965 film Thunderball.
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- Sean Connery as James Bond
- Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi
- Klaus Maria Brandauer as Maximillian Largo
- Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush
- Bernie Casey as Felix Leiter
- Max von Sydow as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
- Edward Fox as M
- Rowan Atkinson as Nigel Small-Fawcett
- Gavan O'Herlihy as Jack Petachi
- Alec McCowen as Q
- Pamela Salem as Miss Moneypenny
- Saskia Cohen Tanugi as Nicole
- Prunella Gee as Patricia Fearing
- Pat Roach as Lippe
- Anthony Sharp as Lord Ambrose
- The title of this film came from Sean Connery's announcement in 1971 after completing Diamonds Are Forever that he would "never again" play the iconic 007. Connery's wife, Micheline remarked about it in passing and the producers decided to ironically acknowledge that vow with the title. This marks Never Say Never Again as the first James Bond movie that did not involve one of Ian Fleming's titles for the film.
- The legal dispute that had arisen about the novel "Thunderball" was due to the fact that Fleming had collaborated with Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham on a potential James Bond script tentatively titled "Longitude 78 West". Although the film was abandoned due to the high costs involved, Fleming would subsequently adapt much of the script into "Thunderball" in which he did not credit McClory and Whittingham resulting in them suing him. McClory ultimately won in favor that he originally possessed the filming rights and thus ultimately brought Never Say Never Again to the silver screen despite numerous legal challenges by Ian Fleming's heirs and Eon Productions.
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