James Bond's Best and Worst: Peter Travers Ranks All 24 Movies

The Best and Worst of the franchise

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'Never Say Never Again' (1983)

Never Say Never Again
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I'm told this film is a bastard that shouldn't be counted as a real Bond film since it didn't come from Eon Productions like the others. Bull. If a movie stars Sean Connery as 007, it's a Bond film. End of story. Connery, then 53, hadn't played Bond in 12 years. But he hadn't lost a bit of his flair and physical grace. Even his hairpiece is Oscar caliber. The plot is a direct lift from Thunderball, in which a SPECTRE operative (a superb Klaus Maria Brandeur) snatches two nuclear weapons. Kim Basinger's Domino and Barbara Carrera's Fatima Bush are all you could ask for in decorative distractions. After years of gadgets, Never benefits from the attention director Irvin Kirshner (The Empire Strikes Back) pays to actors over effects.

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