Released in 1983, which movie was the last to feature Sean Connery as James Bond?
And the answer: Never Say Never Again.
In 1983, Connery played the movie role of James Bond for the seventh and final time. The film's title of Never Say Never Again is a reference to the actor's reported declaration in 1971 that he would "never again" star as Agent 007.
Connery originated the role of Bond in the film Dr. No (1962). The character was the creation of British author and journalist Ian Fleming, who premiered the concept in his 1953 novel Casino Royale. Connery ultimately starred in seven Bond films, including the "unofficial" Never Say Never Again (regarded as such due to the fact that it was not produced by EON Productions, the group responsible for most of the franchise).
Aside from classic themes of nuclear-ransom and intense Bond-style near misses (not to mention the beautiful female accomplices), Never Say Never Again has an element of fun buried within the plot – the villain, played by Klaus Maria Brandauer, plays his role with a touch of gritty humanity. According to critic Robert Egbert:
"Brandauer is a wonderful actor, and he chooses not to play the villain as a cliché. Instead, he brings a certain poignancy and charm to Largo, and since Connery always has been a particularly human James Bond, the emotional stakes are more convincing this time."
All in all, Never Say Never makes for a daring and thrilling final installment of the original face of Bond – and, after declaring that he'd never play the character again, a delightful last word for Connery. Well done, 007.