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I've never understood the criticisms of his performance in this one, that he seems bored or disinterested. While he does look older and overweight, I've always thought he was having a lot of fun, and he isn't so much playing Bond, but has transformed Bond into himself.

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I don't know when I'll watch a Connery Bond. I just re-watched the entire series "with" friends (we synchronized our Blu-ray players) and that was such a special experience for me, I don't feel like rushing to back to the films. I am currently wearing a shirt my wife made for me featuring the Japanese posters for the Connery Bond films.
 

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Great thread for fans. Seems he was still interested in making movies after the EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN debacle. (The film never got made.)
 

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More to that story...https://theplaylist.net/sean-connery-brett-ratner-20201101/?fbclid=IwAR3ycvYtySuTNpcf7D2tTaQ8_eWvBuXKA3V_UBkkaQ9G2dzNl98kDVeHe_E
 

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last thing I saw with him a few months ago was Zardoz. I'm so glad he would do movies like that one. His character in Time Bandits is also one of my favorites. He was going to adopt the time traveling kid, who was all smiles about it, but those foolish little people whisked him away! I always wondered what the character would do after the kid disappeared. I think he would kill himself trying to find him. imagine a continuation of TB with Connery in that role. Although...as the fireman he puts out the fire then just winks at the kid and leaves him there alone. lol so who knows?

A great guy. I had been thinking about him over many months, in fact just days ago, and had predicted we would lose him soon. I hate that I was right.

Thank you for all the great movies King Agamemnon! (or James Bond if I must, heh heh) First class act.
 

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Over on Twitter, where the third-party disk labels like Kino dominate most of the film/Blu discussions, Sean obits have mostly been praise for 1978's The Great Train Robbery.
As well they should. :D
 

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After I heard the news yesterday I decided to watch my favorite 007, From Russia with Love. I know that young folks don’t love the early Bonds as too slow moving with not enough action. However, From Russia with Love has a terrific story with the McGuffin of the Lektor. The super cast of evil villains played by Robert Shaw in an early role, Lotte Lenya, as Kleb with the lethal shoe, and of course the gorgeous Daniela Bianchi. The extra heart of this movie is provided by the friendship of the Pedro Armendariz character with 007. This is all topped off by John Barry’s score blended with the Lionel Bart song, From Russia with Love. BTW, the transfer of FRWL on blu-ray in the Bond Collection has superb video & great surround audio. Today will be the wonderful Hunt for Red October, one of my favorite non-Bond Connery films.

FRWL is and will always be my favorite Bond movie. It’s a great spy thriller, without some of the sci-fi elements (which I do enjoy) that came later.
 

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From my facebook page:

Just a very short time before I became aware of his passing, my mind went back to my years working at Pinewood Studios and seeing and eventually meeting Sean Connery. Sean had returned from the US shoot on, what was then, the latest 007 film "DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER". I was on one of Pinewood's shooting stages, which had sets built for the film, and right at that moment Sean walked on to the stage. The camera crew were busy sorting through their equipment when Sean approached them with a greeting. I recall the camera grip who I believe was named Reg responded. They had obviously worked together before, most likely on the last film Sean filmed at Pinewood which was the 007 film "YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE" in 1966/7. I observed all this from a distance. I was working at the time in Theatre 5 which dealt with recording sound effects, footsteps and dialog recording which was then known as post-sync looping. Several weeks went by and I found out that day that Sean was due to come by and do some dialog recording. Finally Sean walked in and greeted everybody warmly. He recognized all the crew except myself. The crew around me had worked in Theatre 5 throughout the sixties so they knew Sean well as he had made all the 007 films there plus "WOMAN OF STRAW". I was the boom operator and my responsibility was to adjust the microphone position placed in front of Sean and also play the original production sound of his dialog, which came from a speaker behind the screen, and then switch the sound to a headset when he was ready to record. Post-sync dialog is no easy task for actors and it takes time to get the synchronization and performance right. Often he would get impatient and swore at himself. In between setting up the next scene I found myself with an opportunity to have brief dialog exchanges, like I did with many visiting actors. I was sitting on the boom which was directly next to where he was sitting. The only question I asked him was about a non-Bond film called "THE RED TENT" ((I deliberately avoided discussing Bond with him). I don't remember his reply, but I sensed maybe he appreciated that. During the session I had to accompany him, to show him where the bathroom facilities were. However, before we got there a female reporter stopped us to ask Sean some questions. Afterwards I made a comment to him that he can't even get to the bathroom uninterrupted! Throughout the shoot I would get the opportunity to go on the stage and watch filming. Some time after the completion Sean came back to do more dialog recording. This time he recognized me and greeted me warmly. The last time I interacted with Sean was purely by chance. I had moved to the US and one day I visited the Beverly Hills Hotel and on leaving the main entrance Sean walked out at the same time from a short distance. Amazingly, he recognized me and gave a smiling hello. This was the last time I met him. My experience and memories to this day thankfully are very positive and clear. RIP Sean.
 

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Just finished watching Never Say Never Again and liked the film. Have the dvd which is not the best image and was going to buy the Blu-ray but noticed it is out of print and prices around $80?

I really like NSNA, more so than the movie it took its plot from (THUNDERBALL). Connery is in good form here. Moreover, it has a very fine, dimensional villain (Klaus Maria Brandauer) you can actually pity, a terrific villainess (Barbara Carrera), and some great set pieces. There is one major caveat for me, however: that godawful score by Michel Legrand, who I usually admire. Terrible music, dull song (performed by ex-Sergio Mendes and Brazil singer Lani Hall). Too bad. Had John Barry provided the score, I'd give the film a solid three-and-a-half stars. But I think legal issues prevented the producers from doing that, or he was unavailable.
 

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I’m sorry to say I don’t like NSNA much. Though I agree Connery is in VERY good form. He’s much better “older” Bond than Roger. And Brandauer’s Largo is delightful. But nothing else in the movie works for me. There would probably be only a handful of the EON films I’d rank lower than this if I included it in a list.
 

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A couple of months ago, my wife and I decided to eventually make our way through all the Bond films. There are still some Bond films I have not seen. I got bored with the Moore films, and never saw Moonraker, Octopussy or A View to a Kill. I also skipped Brosnan's last one - Die Another Day. We had kind of stalled out on the project, but in honor of Sir Sean's passing we decided to get it back on track. So last night we watched the next movie in order - You Only Live Twice.

I had not seen the movie for over 10 years at least. It was a much worse movie than I remembered. According to the "making of" feature they were just sort of making it up as they went along. "We should do something with these volcanoes". "How about we get rid of the people chasing Bond and the girl by picking up their car with a big magnet!". "There was a news report about a little gyro-copter - let's use that!". The drop-off in quality from the first 4 films (first 3 especially) was massive. However, I have to give them kudos for the epic qualities of the film. It's basically the template for what came after it (OHMSS aside).
 

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I’m sorry to say I don’t like NSNA much. Though I agree Connery is in VERY good form. He’s much better “older” Bond than Roger. And Brandauer’s Largo is delightful. But nothing else in the movie works for me. There would probably be only a handful of the EON films I’d rank lower than this if I included it in a list.

As the "fake" one of the series, there is so much about NSNA that is just so, so, SO not Albert Broccoli. (And I don't just mean Sean pushing Rowan Atkinson into a swimming pool, in comedy relief that would embarrass Roger Moore.)

I'm glad the disgruntled Thunderball writer got his due, but Connery seemed to be smugging his way through even more than he did in the Avengers movie...Which I otherwise defend.
 

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I really like NSNA, more so than the movie it took its plot from (THUNDERBALL). Connery is in good form here. Moreover, it has a very fine, dimensional villain (Klaus Maria Brandauer) you can actually pity, a terrific villainess (Barbara Carrera), and some great set pieces. There is one major caveat for me, however: that godawful score by Michel Legrand, who I usually admire. Terrible music, dull song (performed by ex-Sergio Mendes and Brazil singer Lani Hall). Too bad. Had John Barry provided the score, I'd give the film a solid three-and-a-half stars. But I think legal issues prevented the producers from doing that, or he was unavailable.

I actually enjoy NSNA, but acknowledge the film has several marks against it, the major one being the opening song and the overall score.

There was an alternate theme song recorded , but not used for the film. The singer is someone named Phyllis Hyman. It is a pretty good song and much more in line with the music that would have been chosen for an EON production. You can hear it here:

Also of interest is a fan edit of the opening of the film with traditional EO?N Bond score elements and the use of the Phyllis Hyman song overlaid on the Thunderball title sequence. Makes one wish EON would obtain the full rights to NSNA and rescore the full picture - extremely unlikely, but never say never...

I chose to start at the beginning and watched Dr. No last night; released in 1962 I believe - the year I was born. Connery owned the role from the very beginning. I plan to continue a Bond re-watch in the coming weeks in release order, including NSNA. FRWL for my taste, is the best of the Connery films, but I have no argument with anyone that would rank Goldfinger No. 1. RIP Sir Connery.
 

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...Makes one wish EON would obtain the full rights to NSNA and rescore the full picture - extremely unlikely, but never say never...
They do have the rights to it now, as well as the '67 Casino Royale. But I'd imagine there's zero chance of them doing anything like that.
 

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...There was an alternate theme song recorded , but not used for the film. The singer is someone named Phyllis Hyman. It is a pretty good song and much more in line with the music that would have been chosen for an EON production...
That's so much better than what they ended up using. Why on earth did they change it?
 

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They do have the rights to it now, as well as the '67 Casino Royale. But I'd imagine there's zero chance of them doing anything like that.
Thanks for confirming that - I thought that was the case, but was not sure if my memory was accurate. And I agree with your "zero chance" assessment unfortunately.
 

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That's so much better than what they ended up using. Why on earth did they change it?
I wish I knew the history on that - my guess would be they wanted to differentiate this Bond production from EON and somehow thought the pop-disco song accomplished that.
 

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I wish I knew the history on that - my guess would be they wanted to differentiate this Bond production from EON and somehow thought the pop-disco song accomplished that.
Found this:
During the filming of the James Bond movie NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, I co-wrote the title song for the movie with Jim Ryan. Warner Bros informed our attorney that the song was to be used as the title song in the picture. However, shortly before its release, Warner Bros informed us that the song could not be used because Michel Legrand, who wrote the score, threatened to sue them, claiming that contractually he had the right to the title song. So my song was never released.
 

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