Sunday, 2 April 2017
648 Royal Film Premiere - Never Say Never Again
First viewed ; 14 December 1983
This is another programme I recall watching at my hall of residence. Never Say Never Again was an unofficial Bond film which saw Sean Connery return to the role although, as far as the plot goes , it's a re-hash of Thunderball which is of course in the canon. It's OK , the only outstanding feature is the performance of Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer as the villain.
The premiere was notable for the performance of TV historian Michael Wood as the host. Out of his comfort zone , Wood combined ineptitude with stating the obvious - " well, crowds are now arriving, as we wait for,er, Prince Andrew to come" and toe-curling fawning at the stars, reminding us that he was a Bond fan at every opportunity. His interviewing skills were particularly bad, asking the actors if they enjoyed playing their roles for instance. My favourite was when he said to beautiful Barbara Carrera "Let's now see a clip of your climactic moment " .
All this was mercilessly heckled by the assorted students in the junior common room which is why it's stuck in my mind. I don't remember Wood getting a similar gig again.