Roger Moore Mano a Mano with Sean Connery
Sean Connery had fulfilled his thespian dreams, starring in some of the best films of the mid-70s. By the '80s, though, the lure of James Bond riches proved overpowering again. When a producer who had wrangled the rights to Ian Fleming's "Thunderball" in a court fight approached Connery, he agreed to fill the part again. Eon Productions, on the other hand, had its huge James Bond star, Roger Moore, at the height of his game (though they had been thinking of replacing him after "Moonraker"). Eon even brought back Maud Adams, who had dazzled everyone in "The Man with the Golden Gun" and who had remained part of the James Bond family ever since. "Octopυssy," the next Roger Moore film in the Eon series, thus went up against "Never Say Never Again" starring Sean Connery. When the dust settled, everybody won, as both films did well.