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Synopsis: A S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Reaction: The story is Thunderball. The era is the early 80's. Lots here that is very familiar, but there are moments that work well enough. Not a must-see, but a good alternative for fans of the official franchise.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Irvin Kershner => Director
Lorenzo Semple Jr. => Writer
Michel Legrand => Composer
Ian Fleming => Books and Characters
Alec McCowen => Q' Algy
Andy Bradford => Spectre Henchman (uncredited)
Barbara Carrera => Fatima
Bernie Casey => Leiter
Edward Fox => M'
Gavan O'Herlihy => Jack Petachi
Kim Basinger => Domino Petachi
Klaus Maria Brandauer => Maximilian Largo
Lewis Alexander => Casino Patron (uncredited)
Manning Redwood => General Miller
Max von Sydow => Blofeld (as Max Von Sydow)
Michael Medwin => Doctor at Shrublands
Pamela Salem => Miss Moneypenny
Pat Roach => Lippe
Prunella Gee => Patricia
Robert Rietty => Italian Minister
Ronald Pickup => Elliott
Rowan Atkinson => Small-Fawcett
Saskia Cohen Tanugi => Nicole
Sean Connery => James Bond
Sylvia Marriott => French Minister

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Edward Fox, who played M, is seven years younger than Sir Sean Connery, who played James Bond. As of 2019, this is the only instance in a James Bond movie where the actor playing M is younger than the actor playing Bond.
  • When James Bond and Largo play the game of Global Domination, the voice of the game is a processed human voice processed through a modular synthesizer in a similar process to that was used to create the Cylon Centurion voices in Battlestar Galactica (1978).
  • Pamela Salem as Miss Moneypenny officially became the first actress other than Lois Maxwell to play Miss Moneypenny in a straight Bond movie (Barbara Bouchet played Moneypenny's daughter in the Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967)).
  • Sound effects of the missiles flying overhead later got used for the Batplane in Batman (1989).
  • Besides Sir Sean Connery, only one other performer was involved in this movie and Thunderball (1965): Robert Rietty (Italian Minister) voiced the character of Largo in Thunderball (1965).
  • As of 2019, this is the only 007 movie to be directed by an American, Irvin Kershner. However, this was not Kershner's only outing with Sir Sean Connery, having first directed him in A Fine Madness (1966).
  • This movie was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Barbara Carrera for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, but she lost out to [?] Cher for Silkwood (1983). Carrera is the only actress to be nominated for portraying a Bond Girl at the Golden Globes, with no actress ever nominated for playing a Bond Girl at the Oscars.
  • The tiger print one-piece Domino wears in the final scene was a swimsuit Kim Basinger actually owned. It had been given to her by the Playboy organization in 1981.
  • [?] Ricou Browning directed this movie's underwater sequences. He previously performed the same duty on Thunderball (1965).
  • When the project was first announced, the title was "James Bond of the Secret Service", and Orson Welles was going to play a villain.
  • Kim Basinger had never seen a Bond film when she signed on as Domino.
  • First James Bond movie made without a title originally written by Ian Fleming.
  • John Barry was invited to do the music for this movie. He politely declined, out of respect for producer Albert R. Broccoli and his association with EON Productions.
  • Final James Bond movie to feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E. until "Spectre (2015)."
  • Barbara Carrera did her own love scenes with Sean Connery, declining the offer to use a body double. In fact she has said in several interviews that nudity and sex scenes never bothered her like some other actresses.
  • Prior to playing Domino Petachi, Kim Basinger had turned down roles in two James Bond films, including Moonraker (1979). She wanted to be taken seriously as an actress and initially felt playing a Bond girl would be inappropriate. When by the early 1980s she still hadn't made it "big," Basinger was getting a bit testy and said yes to this movie just because it was guaranteed to bring her worldwide exposure.
  • Sir Sean Connery was given a lot of creative input into this movie, which was one of the reasons he decided to do it. One area he wanted to focus on was casting, as he felt the EON Productions Bond movies were lacking in prominent acting talent. Connery approved the casting of Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow, Edward Fox, Kim Basinger, Barbara Carrera, and Alec McCowen.
  • Sean Connery was 52 at the time of filming, so the writers decided to make James Bond a retired secret agent. However, he was three years younger than Roger Moore when he played the still-serving Bond in Octopussy (1983).
  • The title was (allegedly) based on a conversation between Sir Sean Connery and his wife. After Diamonds Are Forever (1971), he told her he'd never play James Bond again, there he was, playing James Bond again. Her response was for him to "never say never again".
  • Barbara Carrera turned down the title role in Octopussy (1983) to play Fatima Blush because she wanted to work with Sean Connery so badly.
  • This was not part of the film series produced by MGM and Danjaq. Executive producer [?] Kevin McClory, who was producer and co-writer of Thunderball (1965), won a legal battle against Ian Fleming to make his own Bond movie. The settlement stipulated that it had to effectively be a remake of Thunderball.
  • A young [?] Steven Seagal was the movie's martial arts instructor. He broke Sean Connery's wrist during training.
  • George Lazenby was considered by executive producer [?] Kevin McClory to play Bond, but was dropped from consideration when Sir Sean Connery confirmed he wanted the role.
  • This is Rowan Atkinson's first movie. He later parodied James Bond in the ["Johnny English"] films.
  • Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera both dated Richard Gere.
  • It is rumored that Sean Connery had an alternate ending to the "wink" in mind. As the characters walk down the street, a man brushes by them, causing them to double-take and look back at him. The camera angle shifts, and we see that it is Roger Moore, who turns to look at them and says "NEVER say never again!" Moore and Connery were good friends, and both were willing to do it, but they were never able to convince Director Irvin Kershner and the producers.