NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (re-watch)
They say that the brain starts to completely re-wire during your teens - which might explain some strange behaviour.
I actually loved this rival Bond film during my teenage years and preferred it to OCTOPUSSY.
But now I don´t know why. Sure, it´s got Sean Connery. And it´s got some decent gags and one-liners, a deliciously nutty villain, an even more deliciously nutty female henchman (or should I say henchwoman?), and I still love the title song. And yes, I did feel entertained, although at 134 minutes the film could easily have been trimmed by 20 minutes and made more effective. Strangely, the film already has some jarring transitions which made me wonder whether the original cut delivered to the studio had been much longer.
In the end, the film works for me just because of Connery. The story is not more involving than THUNDERBALL was, and since that plot is already too familiar with me too much felt mostly redundant. Also, with a fantastic cinematographer like Douglas Slocombe why does NSNA look so drab? There are some nice shots in there - but the locations are subpar, they look cheap and unspectacular, very unbondian.
Knowing that behind the scenes was lots of turmoil, Connery probably regretted saying yes once more, but if the whole enterprise had been started to prove that EON was not the only company which could produce a great Bond film... well, in the end McClory & co. did not win this bet at all.
By the way, being in my 40´s now, I know for sure: OCTOPUSSY is the better film. By far.
It´s good not to be a teenager anymore.
Well, in that respect.