Never Say Never Again
Never Say Never Again
If you haven't seen Sean Connery in 'Never Say Never Again' then you haven't seen James Bond 007!
Directed By Irvin Kershner
Screenplay By Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Cast Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Max von Sydow, Barbara Carrera, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Edward Fox
Produced By Jack Schwartzman
Film Editing By Ian Crafford
Cinematography By Douglas Slocombe
Music By Michel Legrand

Producers Sales Organization


United Kingdom



Release Date

October 7, 1983


134 Minutes

Rating PG
Distributed By

Warner Bros.

Budget $36,000,000
Gross $160,000,000


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.






  • 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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