Tonight's Double-0 MovieMovie: Never Say Never Again Starring Sean Connery
02.11.13 by Ryan
"Well, you did say you'd catch me later."
After 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, Sean Connery proclaimed that he would "never" play James Bond again, and yet, 12 years later, Connery would be back for 1983's Never Say Never Again, a title suggested by Connery's wife, Micheline. At 52, Connery played an aging Bond in Never Say Never Again, who is reactivated by MI6 in order to track down two stolen nuclear weapons.
Essentially a remake of 1965's Thunderball, Never Say Never Again is not considered "canon" as it was not produced by Eon Productions, the company that was responsible for all the other Bond movies. However, James Bond creator Ian Fleming had originally conceived of Thunderball as a screenplay, co-written with screenwriter Jack Whittingham and writer-director Kevin McClory. When Fleming later went on to write Thunderball as a novel, Whittingham and McClory were not credited, but after taking Fleming to court, McClory was allowed to obtain rights to the original Thunderball screenplay. Thus, Warner Bros. was allowed to release its first and only James Bond movie, Never Say Never Again.
Catch this "non-canon" Connery classic tonight at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT. Get plenty of British super-spy action all through the month on Reelz as we air 007 all month long.
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