Never Say Never Again
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a classic James Bond movie. The secret agent beds at least four women in the course of the movie (two in one afternoon). He kills countless men and at least one woman (with an exploding pen). Though deaths are bloodless and rarely graphic, one brief scene shows a woman dead, face-down in water, with her eyes still open. The main female character lives with an evil terrorist who threatens to cut her throat if she leaves him. Women's bodies are frequently shown wet, in bikinis, and often without focusing on their faces. In one scene, the main female character is tied to a post, barely dressed, in front of a band of aggressive men on horseback who offer money for her.
What's the story?
Sean Connery reprises his role as the promiscuous secret agent in this never-ending cat-and-mouse flick. When a terrorist group captures several nuclear weapons in an attempt to blackmail the world powers, 007 is on the case. In the course of capturing the weapons and the bad guys, he wins the affections of the bad guy's lover, Domino Petachi (Kim Basinger). Together, they globe-trot, make beautiful love to each other, and avenge the murder of Domino's brother.
Is it any good?
James Bond movies might be more appealing if they weren't so royally sexist. Sean Connery is compelling as an action/adventure star, with his devilish wink and Scottish brogue, but the constant near-nude women in powerless roles is tiring. More recent Bond movies tone down the overt sexism a bit, but this '80s classic had yet to get with the modern-day program. The action scenes also suffer from being dated. Several fight scenes look like bad WWF matches, replete with furniture smashing and throwing burning liquid in the eyes. And it's excruciatingly long -- more than two hours of knife fights, exploding pens, underwater wrestling, tuxedos, and fiendish snarls. Only for true -- and mature -- fans.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about media images of men. What is appealing about James Bond? Can you separate out his honorable qualities from his less noble ones? Why do women seem so attracted to him? Do you know any men like James Bond in real life? If not, what does that tell you about his character?
Talk about the women in this movie. What are their motivations for working with the bad guy? What, if anything, is appealing about these women? Do you know any women like the characters in this movie?