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 In watching "Never Say Never Again" on DVD I was struck by a few things.

A) Sean Connery looks like Ricardo Montalban for a good deal of this movie. Not generally a bad thing, but you can tell that he came out of retirement for this production.

B) This is the worst transfer to DVD I've ever seen from a major studio. Tons of film artifacts that weren't cleaned up, and more than a few MPEG encoding artifacts.

C) The video game scenes are hilarious. There's one room that's an arcade full of nothing but Centipede machines. There's the "Domination" game built into a dining table, with the electroshock handles... it reminds me of the Addams Family video game that was at Gameworks for a while. Though that one JUST gives you electrical shocks and the point of the game is just to hang on and light up old Uncle Fester, heh heh.

D) It's rather jarring to see replacement characters for all the recurring Bond cast. Q in particular annoys me. And having Mr. Bean as Bond's support contact inspires expectations that are a little more slapstick than 007.

E) Though much of the dialog is lacking, especially for the villains, there's some winners. Unfortunately, they're almost all before the film really gets rolling.

Q: "I hope we're going to have some gratuitous sex and violence, Mister Bond!"

M: Too many free radicals. That's your problem.
007: "Free radicals," sir?
M: Yes. They're toxins that destroy the body and the brain, caused by eating too much red meat and white bread and too many dry martinis!
007: Then I shall cut out the white bread, sir. 

Nurse: Mr. Bond, I need a urine sample. If you could fill this beaker for me?
James Bond: From here?

Date: 2007-10-04 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argh-jim.livejournal.com
I haven't seen it all the way since it came out in... 1983, if memory serves. The original (Thunderball) in much better.

A) OMG, you're right! I never considered that before. Difference was, Richardo's hair was real. It shocked me to no end to learn that Connery was wearing a piece even in the first film.

B) This is saying a lot.

C) I remember that! Sort of a cross between Risk and a Love Tester. Hey Bond! You're a "red hot lover" for... Albania!

Date: 2007-10-04 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hallerlake.livejournal.com
I likewise hadn't seen it since I saw it in the theater as a kid either.

Yeah, Sean's toupee is dreadful in this one. Not quite Donald Trump, but not far off.

Date: 2007-10-04 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deviled-man.livejournal.com
Free Radicals! I love that band!

(Ask Mark)

Date: 2007-10-04 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quetz.livejournal.com
I'd never actually seen it...and now I won't bother.

Date: 2007-10-04 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hallerlake.livejournal.com
Like a lot of films, it didn't age particularly well. That which was Neato Keen when I was twelve is not quite so much these days. Heck, even rewatching Goldfinger, I was struck by how dated it was.

Then again, I think you are the guy who inflicted Ator The Fighting Eagle on me, so I think you'd be getting off easy with a cheezy Bond film :)


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