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Thunderball (1965)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  22 December 1965 (USA)
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James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.



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James Bond continues on his fourth mission, with his aim to recover two stolen warheads. They have been taken by the evil SPECTRE organization. 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 simon_hrdng

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22 December 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Operación Trueno  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)


$63,600,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Principal photography at Château d'Anet, Anet, Eure-et-Loir, France coincided with the French Premiere of the previous James Bond movie, Goldfinger (1964). As such, members of the production attended the French launch. See more »


When reaching Derval in the sunken Vulcan, as 007 is taking Derval's watch you can see clearly that it has a white face and is trimmed in gold. But later when he hands it to Domino on the beach its has a face that is black, and later on in the scene, the face is white again when Domino is holding it in her hand. See more »


[first lines]
Madame LaPorte: The coffin - it has your initials: J.B.
Bond: At the moment, rather him than me.
Madame LaPorte: At least you've been saved the effort of removing him. Colonel Bouvar passed away in his sleep, so they tell me.
Bond: Mm...
Madame LaPorte: You sound disappointed you did not kill him yourself.
Bond: I am. Jacques Bouvar murdered two of my colleagues.
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Referenced in Black Samurai (1977) See more »


James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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Too many boring underwater scenes
10 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Do you have an enthusiasm for water sports like Bond? If you do then you will probably love Thunderball. For me, however, there were too many boring underwater scenes (snorkeling, diving, or whatever he was doing), and that drags the rating down to a 6/10. This film is still a fun adventure. It just doesn't compare favorably to the other Bond films. I actually liked the remake, Never Say Never Again, more than this. On the plus side, Thunderball has more than the usual number of Bond girls. I counted four (two good, one henchwoman, and one which was not involved in the plot). The bad guy (No. 2) was also one of the more memorable Bond villains. A 6/10 is still a good score for me, so don't get the wrong impression. I still like this film. It just has some boring parts that make it a below average Bond film.

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