Never Say Never Again, (1983)


Irvin Kershner


visit Buckinghamshire


Visit: Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon village (rail: Aylesbury), six miles northwest of Aylesbury. It’s open to the public (admission charge; tel: 01296.653226)

Visit France

Visit: Antibes-Juan Les Pins, South of France

Visit: Villefranche-sur-Mer

Visit the Bahamas

Visit: the Bahamas

Visit: Nassau


See the alternative ‘official’ version of Thunderball with – erm – Sean Connery

Never Say Never Again location: Fort Carre, Antibes, France

Never Say Never Again location: Largo’s ‘Palmyra’ fortress: Fort Carre, Antibes, France

Amid a mess of copyright wrangles, the rights to Ian Fleming’s Thunderball somehow became available and this ‘remake’ with Sean Connery went head to head with ‘official’ Bond movie Octopussy and Roger Moore’s 007. Amazingly, despite NSNA’s top-drawer cast, the below-par Octopussy won out.

Never Say Never Again location, Luton Hoo, Luton

Never Say Never Again location: the ‘Shrublands’ health club: Luton Hoo, Luton, Bedfordshire

‘Shrublands’, the health club to which Bond is sent by M (Edward Fox) to eliminate ‘free radicals’, is Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa, near Luton in Bedfordshire. In its days as a stately home, it hosted loads of films, including Eyes Wide Shut, Pink Panther sequel A Shot in the Dark, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Wilde. Luton Hoo also went on to provide the interior of the ‘Baku’ palace for the 1999 mainstream Bond film The World Is Not Enough, with Pierce Brosnan.

The ‘Flying Saucer’ yacht of Maximilian Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) is the 300-foot Nabila, which belonged to Adnan Khashoggi but went on to become the property of Donald Trump – renamed the Trump Princess.

Never Say Never Again location: Villefranche-sur-Mer, South of France

Never Say Never Again location: the end of the chase: Villefranche-sur-Mer, South of France

The motorbike chase was shot in the narrow streets of Villefranche-sur-Mer, a picturesque old fishing port east of Nice on the Côte d’Azur in the South of France. This apparently quiet village seems a dangerous place to cross the road – it was also the site of car chases in Ronin and Jean Claude Van Damme 1996 actioner Maximum Risk.

Never Say Never Again location: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Bukcinghamshire

Never Say Never Again location: Largo challenges Bond in the Domination game: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

The 3-D Domination game between Bond and Largo was filmed in the French Rococo room of Waddesdon Manor, English home of the Rothschild family, seen also in Carry On – Don’t Lose Your Head and Isadora, and more recently in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows. It’s at the west end of Waddesdon village, six miles northwest of Aylesbury on the A41, in Buckinghamshire, and it’s open to the public.

A 110-foot freighter was scuppered for the movie on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, at Clifton Wall on the south side.

The hotel where Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera) attempts to blow up Bond is the expensive, and revamped, Best Western British Colonial Beach Resort, 1 Bay Street at Marlborough Street west of Nassau Harbour, a 1923 Spanish-American style affair built on the site of the 17th century Fort Nassau. Bond walks through the Straw Market in Nassau, and the outdoor bar is on Nassau Dock.

Largo’s ‘Palmyra’ fortress (in Thunderball, it was on New Providence Island in the Bahamas) is the disused, star-shaped 16th-century Fort Carré d’Antibes, Route du Bord du Mer, north of the harbour at Antibes on the Côte d’Azur.


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