Never Say Never Again

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Never Say Never Again (1983)

Never Say Never Again is the 1983 action film that saw the return of Sean Connery to the role of James Bond. The cast included Kim Basinger, Barbara Carrera, and Klaus Maria Brandauer. The film was directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back and RoboCop 2) and was released in the same year as the official EON entry Octopussy.

This film is not part of the official James Bond film series, but rather a remake of the Bond film Thunderball, which was based on a story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham and Ian Fleming (legally, in that order.) McClory and Fleming had started collaborating together in 1958 on an original screenplay for what was supposed to be the first James Bond feature film. When the proposed film turned out to be financially unfeasible, Fleming turned this screenplay, which was finished with the help of Whittingham, into the novel Thunderball without crediting either McClory or Whittingham. McClory and Whittingham immediately sought an injunction to stop publication, and in the ensuing settlement McClory was awarded the film rights to Thunderball, which he licensed to MGM/UA for ten years. Once MGM/UA's license expired, McClory worked for years to make another version of Thunderball, with Never Say Never Again as a result. McClory sought to make yet another adaptation of Thunderball in the nineties, but was thwarted by legal action brought by MGM/UA. MGM/UA was finally able buy the rights to Thunderball (in addition to other McClory elements such as SPECTRE and Ernst Stavro Blofeld) from the McClory estate in late 2013 and these elements were incorporated in the official EON Bond film Spectre.


The following weapons were used in the film Never Say Never Again:

Contents



Handguns

Walther P5

Rather than his traditional Walther PPK, James Bond (Sean Connery) carries the more modern Walther P5 in this film, presumably to appease the manufacturers, who were trying to promote the new pistol at the time. He fires it only twice in the film. Interestingly, Roger Moore as Bond also carried the P5 in Octopussy, the official James Bond film released in 1983 (as opposed to this unofficial attempt by Warner Brothers).

The "Hero" deactivated Walther P5 actually used in the movie (from the Propstore - London)
Rather than his traditional Walther PPK, James Bond (Sean Connery) carries the more modern Walther P5 in this film. Interestingly, Roger Moore also carried the P5 as Bond in Octopussy, released the same year.
Bond surrenders his P5 to Fatima Blush.
Bond turns with his P5 when Felix enters the casemates.

Mauser HSc

While taking target practice in Q's lab, James Bond (Sean Connery) fires a suppressed Mauser HSc Pistol. This was probably intended to pass for a Walther PPK.

Mauser HSc Pistol (WWII production) - 7.65mm
Bond with his suppressed HSc. This was likely used due to its similar appearance to the PPK.

Nambu Type 14

While at the private party, Bond takes a nickel-plated Nambu Type 14 off one of Largo's henchmen and forces him to hide in a closet, holding a "bomb" (cigar case). The pistols appears to be the small trigger guard version of the Nambu. Nickel-plated guns were usually awards or private purchase items and were highly prized 'bring backs' from the Pacific Theater. He eventually dumps the pistol in an ice bucket.

Nambu Type 14 - 8mm Nambu
Bond holds the henchnan's own Nambu on him.
Bond puts the Nambu pistol in an ice bucket.

Beretta 93R

The thugs led by Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera) in the tunnel during the chase scene are seen using Beretta 93Rs to try and corral Bond into a truck, with at least one of the pistols being fitted with a stock. This is the first screen appearance of the 93R in an English-language film.

Beretta 93R 9x19mm
A thug approaches Bond with his 93R. Note the stock tucked underneath the man's arm.
Bond looks at the thug's 93R.

Smith & Wesson Model 29

Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera) threatens Bond with a Smith & Wesson Model 29.

Smith & Wesson Model 29 - .44 Magnum
Fatima corners Bond with a Smith & Wesson Model 29.
Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera) prepares to shoot Bond with a Smith & Wesson Model 29.

Submachine Guns

Czech Sa.25 Submachine Gun

In the opening sequence of the film, James Bond (Sean Connery) equips himself with a Czech SA.25 submachine gun taken from a revolutionary he has just incapacitated.

Czech Sa.25 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
Bond's Sa.25 on his back.
James Bond (Sean Connery) with his Sa.25 during the opening sequence.

Madsen M50

Revolutionaries in the opening sequence of the film are seen carrying Madsen M50 submachine guns.

Madsen M50 submachine gun 9x19mm
Revolutionary with a Madsen.
A Madsen M50 on the table.

MAT-49

During the North Africa sequence, one of the guards is seen carrying a French MAT-49.

One of Largo's guards in North Africa with a MAT-49.

Berreta M12

Beretta M12s can be seen several times throughout the film. One of the guards in the North Africa sequence is seen using one. In the Tears of Allah sequence Beretta M12 SMGs are briefly seen being used by Largo's men. The Beretta M12s are also seen in a weapons rack in the Q branch.

Beretta M12
The Beretta M12s on a weapons rack in Q branch.

MAC-10

Bond, Felix Leiter (Bernie Casey), and the US Navy SEALs/UDT in the Tears of Allah scene are seen wielding MAC-10s as their weapon of choice.

Ingram MAC-10 9x19mm
Bond takes a MAC-10 from Felix.
Bond's MAC-10 about to be shot from his hands.
Felix fires at Largo's men with his MAC-10.
Navy SEALs with MAC-10s.

Heckler & Koch MP5

Largo's men carry old spec Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns with the original straight magazines.

Heckler & Koch MP5 9x19mm
One of Largo's men before he is killed.
MP5 slung over the back of one of Largo's men.
One of Largo's men with an MP5 gets incapacitated by a flash-bang round from the Arwen 37.

M3 "Grease Gun"

Some of the U.S. Navy SEALs are seen using M3 submachine guns.

M3 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
A SEAL fires his Grease Gun, telling Felix to stay down.
A Navy SEAL on the far left with the Grease Gun during the battle.

Rifles

AK-47

An AK-47 with the pistol grip removed and a 10-round magazine (to make it resemble an SKS), is seen used by a guard who enters a cell which James Bond has escaped from.

AK-47.jpg
The guard with his AK-47. The rifle has the pistol grip is removed and loaded with a 10-round magazine (to make it resemble an SKS).

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III

One of the Bandits in the North Africa sequence can be seen using a Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III.

Short Magazine Lee Enfield No 1 Mk III - .303
One of the bandits chambers a fresh round in his Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III .

Henry 1860 lever action rifle

A Bandit is seen with a Henry 1860 lever action rifle.

Henry 1860 brass-frame - .44 Rimfire (RF).
Note the Bandit with a Henry 1860 rifle.
Bandit fires his lever action at Bond and Domino.

Czech Mauser 98/22

Some of the bandits who try to "purchase" Domino (Kim Basinger) in the North Africa sequence are armed with VZ-98/22 Czech Mauser rifles.

BRNO Vz.98/22 Czech Mauser - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A bandit with his Czech Mauser.

Other

PIAT

A PIAT is seen in the Q Branch.

Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank (PIAT)
Note the PIAT mounted on a machine gun stand vaguely seen close up in Q branch.

Arwen 37

An Arwen 37 is seen used by Felix Leiter amongst the Navy SEALs in the Tears of Allah scene, using it to incapacitate Largo's Men.

Arwen gas grenade launcher - 37mm
Felix with the Arwen 37.
Another shot of Felix with the Arwen 37.

Pen Gun

While on the target range, Q demonstrates a concealed firearm disguised as a fountain pen. This particular weapon fires an explosive round. Bond later uses the weapon.

While on the target range, Q demonstrates a concealed firearm disguised as a fountain pen.
Bond uses the weapon against Fatima Blush.

See Also

EON Productions Sean Connery Dr. No (1962)  •  From Russia with Love (1963)  •  Goldfinger (1964)  •  Thunderball (1965)  •  You Only Live Twice (1967)  •  Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
George Lazenby On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Roger Moore Live and Let Die (1973)  •  The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)  •  The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)  •  Moonraker (1979)  •  For Your Eyes Only (1981)  •  Octopussy (1983)  •  A View to a Kill (1985)
Timothy Dalton The Living Daylights (1987)  •  Licence to Kill (1989)
Pierce Brosnan GoldenEye (1995)  •  Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)  •  The World Is Not Enough (1999)  •  Die Another Day (2002)
Daniel Craig Casino Royale (2006)  •  Quantum of Solace (2008)  •  Skyfall (2012)  •  Spectre (2015)
Non-EON films Barry Nelson Casino Royale (1954)
David Niven Casino Royale (1967)
Sean Connery Never Say Never Again (1983)
GoldenEye 007 (1997)  •  The World Is Not Enough (2000)  •  NightFire (2002)  •
Quantum of Solace (2008)  •  GoldenEye 007 (2010)  •  Blood Stone (2010)  •  007: Legends (2012)



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