James Bond 007: Never Say McClory Again

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5.0
May 27, 2010

I like the idea, and I like most of the new music selection used and the way it all developed (if some of it is not perfectly timed). Yet the technical quality of the DVD authoring was sorely lacking. A motion blur-like “effect” was present all through it, no doubt courtesy of Canopus ProCoder, and the end credits fail, interrupt, and mix themselves with a defective menu screen.

As for the video edit, pretty well done overall, but I felt that some character aspects could have been “EONized” as well. I mean, cutting the lines of “buddy” Q saying he missed Bond, or “dumb” Moneypenny’s “Ooh!” in her first scene (thankfully we lost her “be careful”), and the likes. Also, I detested what you did to the motorcycle chase, cutting back and forth from the car to the bike again and again and again. Looked like the work of a kid who had just discovered Windows Movie Maker and was trying to show off, sorry. Everything else, I liked fine.

With a better DVD, this might have been a 7, or even an 8. Due to technical issues, I can’t rate it higher than a 5.
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9.2
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8.0
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10.0
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10.0
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I love a good Bond adventure! This FE of Never Say Never Again takes one of the more infamous films in Bond's history and turns it into a movie worthy of the character, fitting in perfectly alongside the EON Bond films. Thrilling, fun, funny, and just an all-around treat! Watching this was like discovering a long-lost entry in the series for the first time.

The A/V Quality was decent for what it was, though I really hope Blofelds Cat plans to release an HD version eventually. No problems that I could see with the video editing - the pre-credit sequence is a bit quick but was done really well considering the material. I love the audio editing! Replacing the soundtrack with classic Bond tunes was the right call, it never distracted and always helped. The selection is great and utilized in all the right places. The narrative was clear, never confusing, and as well-paced as any other Connery Bond film.

And, of course, I really REALLY enjoyed it!

Definitely recommended for any James Bond fan! If you weren't a fan of Never Say Never Again before, give this version a try - it might change your mind!

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7.6
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8.0
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8.0
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7.0
Never Say McClory Again by Blofeld’s Cat

Hands down, my least favorite 007 film. Connery simply too old.
He was 53 at this stage, and could better have played M (Lee began at 52).
When this came out theatrically, I had such hopes for it.
Likewise this edit.

Did not like the audio work.
Quite distracting trying to place one theme with another movie.
Absolutely no idea of what was cut from the video aside from the wry comment about “endorsements.”
It seemed like all the other asinine humor jokes were left in the movie.
Video game battle with Largo remained, along with Fox’s foppish portrayal of M.
Carrera still smokin’ and still a ridiculous, pitiful caricature.
This edit should have / could have been so much better.

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6.4
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5.0
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8.0
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7.0
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8.0
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4.0
The editor's stated intention is to bring this in line with other Bond films and essentially make it feel 'more Bond'. I think the result here is a really mixed bag in that respect, and also not any more enjoyable for me than the original (not very good) film...so I unfortunately can't recommend it.

I won't go into the many, many issues with the original movie (you can read a review I wrote here if you'd like to know: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/never-say-never-again/) but I was hoping they'd be fixed in this film, at least somewhat. This movie could honestly do with a radical edit, and this isn't it. The main things changed here are the music choices... now some of the score replacements DO feel more 'Bond'...because they're from other Bond films. But many feel wildly wrong, and they almost all stick out like a sore thumb, whether matching Bond or not. All the Bond song remixes just scream "fanedit" to me, whereas I was looking for more subtle changes that would make me FORGET I wasn't watching a non-canon Bond film.

There are also some scenes which are edited with little tweaks here and there, and some of them (notably the beginning) actually make the scene less clear and slightly confusing. Some scenes are zoomed in on, pan & scan style, which is obvious and looks pretty bad. In fact, the quality of the video is really pretty bad throughout much of this, and the audio isn't blended in that well at many points.

I see that this worked for some people, and they got their Bond jollies, but sadly it was a chore for me. I felt every minute of the last 30 minutes of the film, and was kicking myself for not just rewatching Thunderball instead. I don't blame the editor for this just not being a very good movie to start, but I think there is room to cut this down a lot more, render the video better, and make more nuanced music replacements. I appreciate the effort here, but it just didn't work for me.

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(Updated: September 12, 2012)
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5.3
Audio Editing
 
6.0
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6.0
Enjoyment
 
4.0
May 23, 2009

Finally got a chance to see this after a few past failed attempts. JDownloader made it very easy. I had heard a lot about this FanEdit and was eager to see if somehow this Bond abortion could be brought back into the cannon of the official movies.

The DVD is simple and to the point, so I go straight to the feature. The iconic Bond barrel logo has been added but feels slightly dated as a younger Connery sporting a trilby does the honors. This I suppose could not be helped.

The idea of using original Bond scores is a good one and in the opening action scene the music is inserted very well. As the story unwinds the John Barry score works exceptionally well. It gives the flavor of a true Bond movie. Unfortunately, some musical choices are completely wrong, as in the case of the fight in the hospital and the introduction to the villains boat. Also the volume of some music is to far too loud in the mix.

I think keeping the scores to an certain era and composer would have helped a great deal in tying this project together. As it is the differences in the selected music are a huge distraction.

There are no real hard cuts but certainly awkward moments. Also some shots are very soft as if zoomed or scaled too much. I also noticed slight stuttering especially during panning shots. Entertainment value is the same as the original.

DVD 4, Editing 3, Audio Editing 3, Entertainment 2

6/10
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