A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death leads James Bond to uncovering an international jewel smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on NATO forces.
James Bond continues on his fourth mission, with his aim to recover two stolen warheads. They have been taken by the evil SPECTRE organisation. The world is held hostage and Bond heads to Nassau. Here, he meets the beautiful Domino and is forced into a thrilling confrontation with SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo, on board his boat, the Disco Volante. Will 007 prevent the killing of millions of innocent victims? Written by
Two early Avro Vulcan B1As from the Waddington Wing were used in the filming. In the ground sequences XA913 was used and for in flight use, XH506. Both aircraft were withdrawn from service by 1968 and scrapped the same year. See more »
With the velocity that Bond opens the basement door (and doesn't stop it from falling after seeing his assistant dead), there should have been a loud slam. But there was no noise. See more »
The coffin - it has your initials: J.B.
At the moment, rather him than me.
At least you've been saved the effort of removing him. Colonel Bouvar passed away in his sleep, so they tell me.
You sound disappointed you did not kill him yourself.
I am. Jacques Bouvar murdered two of my colleagues.
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Thunderball is easily one of my personal favorite Bond films. The story is on a large scale but not over done (even for a Bond film), fun but not silly, and is all too easy to get involved in. Here in his fourth big-screen adventure, James Bond is sent to Nassau to recapture two atomic warheads that were stolen by the evil organization SPECTRE and prevent them from using the warheads on a British or American city.
The film is great but it is not perfect in every area. It certainly does not begin the best thanks to the corny pre-titles sequence, just a tad over the top and ridiculous (yeah, sliding an undersized chair into a grown man will knock him over / wouldn't they just step to the left or right and avoid being hit by the water gun instead of getting sprayed and falling all over the place like the Three Stooges?). Also, a handful of voice-over and other editing problems exist here and there in the film that are easy to sit through yet do nothing for the film's overall good.
However, there are plenty of other great things about Thunderball. Sean Connery gives one of his best James Bond performances ever - funny, smart, resilient - an essential Connery Bond exhibition. Thunderball also sees other aspects that are among the best ever seen in the Bond series: John Barry's slick and laid-back score, the nasty eye-patched villain Largo, and naughty-and-nice Bond girls Luciana Paluzzi and Claudine Auger. This film also has some eye-catching action, including one of the most exciting and intense concluding fight scenes ever featured in the Bond series.
The exquisite look of the film is what really makes Thunderball a truly great Bond film - it's incomparable to the rest of the series. The great wide shots, brilliant underwater filming, and exotic Caribbean locations create a terrific epic look for the film. A sizeable amount of the film's critics say that the underwater scenes are too long, and while I can't say that those who say that are exactly wrong, I do strongly disagree. I love the underwater sequences and I wouldn't touch a frame!
Thunderball is one of the biggest and most Flemingesc Bond films at the same time with spectacular action and dynamite adventure that is sure to entertain.
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