NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 134 min, UK/USA, Dir: Irvin Kershner

Sean Connery learned not to say “never” when he returned to the screen as James Bond after swearing off the role following DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. In this second adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Thunderball, the British Secret Service agent must recover a pair of nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE operative Maximillian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer). Made outside of the franchise’s usual Eon Productions, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN features some new faces playing familiar characters (Max von Sydow as Blofeld, Edward Fox as M) as well as Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera as the requisite “Bond girls.”


OUT OF AFRICA
1985, Universal, 160 min, USA, Dir: Sydney Pollack

Winner of seven Oscars including Best Original Score by John Barry! Meryl Streep gives a memorable performance as strong willed Baroness Karen Blixen, living in Africa during World War I. Beauty makes wild Africa the main character, among numerous talented actors including Robert Redford and Klaus Maria Brandauer.


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