Never Say Never Again

  • Review Date: September 29, 2009
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1983
  • Running Time: 134 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Boobs, bombs, and Bond galore in epic 007 thriller.
  • Review Date: September 29, 2009
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1983
  • Running Time: 134 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

James Bond fights evil. Even though his boss and the British government seem rather inept, he makes decisions to help keep the world safe based on what's right and wrong. That said, the movie sends stereotypical messages about women and certain ethnic groups.

Positive role models

James Bond's behavior is risky (because that's his job) and he's a pleasure seeker (caviar, martinis, sex). In the film, he never seems less than noble, but as a role model for boys, he doesn't demonstrate ideal or even realistic choices. There's nothing wrong with pleasure, but when it comes at the cost of making true connections with people and valuing people for more than sex or what they can do for you, it becomes problematic. The women in the movie are definitely not role models. They're both sex objects, one evil and powerful, one innocent and powerless.

Violence

Almost nonstop fighting, with guns, knives, spears, bombs, exploding pens, etc. People die but there's no blood. One brief shot of a dead woman lying face-down in water.

Sex

Ladies just fall into James Bond's bed without much effort on his part. Though the sex is frequent, and promiscuous (one day he has sex with one woman, fights a few sharks, and then beds the woman who rescues him from the ocean), it's not graphic. One brief scene seems to be Bond thrusting behind a woman, but turns out to be him getting a chiropractic adjustment.

Language

Occasional mild swearing, like "hell" and "ass."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Bond enjoys his martinis -- shaken, not stirred. Some smoking in the background. One minor character is a heroin addict.

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.

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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?

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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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 7, 1983
DVD release date:October 17, 2000
Cast:Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Rowan Atkinson, Sean Connery
Director:Irvin Kershner
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Adventures
Run time:134 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Teen, 13 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 July 7, 2012
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7
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boring Bond flick is better for young viewers

even though this is a James Bond flick, is lacks the action, fighting, and thrills than the others. its more of a slow, boring, dragged out film with hardly any action. when there is action, its mostly just small explosions and a few shots from guns.
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Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byJimmy brew November 25, 2014
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14
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Not original 007 but sex and violence reunite again

My rating:PG-13 for violence and sexuality
Kid, 12 years old April 29, 2012
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13
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its pretty good.

this is not the worst Bond outting I give it a 8/10

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