Never Say Never Again

Trivia: Sir Sean Connery was barely on speaking terms with producer Jack Schwartzman throughout the production. Connery was unenthusiastic about the lack of professionalism behind the scenes and director Irvin Kershner agreed with Connery, saying that Schwartzman did not have the experience of a film producer.

Trivia: When Bond punches the bouncer outside Largo's casino you can see a sign saying CASINO ROYALE, this was the first 007 novel Fleming ever wrote.

Trivia: The film is a remake of "Thunderball," another James Bond film that starred Sean Connery. Connery is the only actor to play Bond in both an official and unofficial EON production.

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Trivia: Largo's boat in this film is called the 'Flying Saucer'. In Thunderball (which this film is basically a remake of) the boat is called the 'Disco Volante' which is Italian for flying saucer.

Trivia: Kevin McClory, who co-wrote and co-produced "Thunderball" (of which NSNA is a remake) won the right to produce NSNA following a contentious legal battle with Ian Fleming's estate. Because the film was produced outside the auspices of Fleming, Albert Broccoli, and MGM/UA, it is not considered part of the "official" Bond series.

Trivia: The RSPCA had a dispute about one scene in the film regarding a stunt involving a horse jumping off a cliff. This film and several others indirectly persuaded the creation of the disclaimer that animals were not mistreated during production.

Trivia: Although Max von Sydow receives third billing, he has only three minutes of screen time.

Trivia: The first James Bond film without a title originally written by Ian Fleming.

Continuity mistake: When Bond and Felix Leiter are underwater snooping around Lago's boat, Felix can be seen in diving gear minus hat. After Bond gets sucked into the boat and Felix returns to land, you can see Felix take off the hat that was not in the previous scene. (01:30:30 - 01:32:50)

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Question: Sean Connery took dancing lessons for 11 years in his youth, and he surely knew how to dance when he made this film in his 50s. So, why is his choreographed tango with Kim Basinger in this film so painfully, embarrassingly awkward and heavily edited? Is this perhaps due to the fact that Kim Basinger had virtually no dancing skills?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: Neither is a professional dancer. Having studied dancing some thirty years before does not mean someone has retained the same level of skills. As you mentioned, Connery was in his 50s by that time.

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