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20 Things You Somehow Missed In Never Say Never Again

The message is clear: where James Bond is concerned, you must never say never again.

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The most painful episode in James Bond's history was not when his wife, Tracy was shot in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, nor when he lost Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale. It wasn't even when Goldfinger threatened his manhood and it certainly was not when Roger Moore went swinging around a jungle on vines like Tarzan in Octopussy.

The most painful chapter in his history actually revolved around the film rights to the criminal organisation, SPECTRE and its diabolical leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, which originated from Ian Fleming's 1961 novel, Thunderball. Accused of having plagiarised the plot, its characters and events from screenwriter, Jack Whittingham and filmmaker, Kevin McClory, Fleming unwittingly opened up a wound that only started to heal with the 2015 official Bond film, SPECTRE.

Eon Productions struck a deal with McClory to use SPECTRE and its members until their right to do so expired in the mid-1970s. McClory then started to develop his own rival James Bond film, which resulted in the 1983 remake of Thunderball entitled Never Say Never Again. Whilst it does not really feel like the sort of Bond film that fans know and love, Never Say Never Again is still an interesting movie, not least as Sean Connery was the only actor who could really compete with the-then current Double-0 Seven, Roger Moore.

Here are 20 things that you may have missed in the film.

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