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Thunderball (1965)

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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VIVA JAMES BOND (French) See more »


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22 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Operación Trueno  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$63,600,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The most difficult sequences to film were the underwater action scenes. The first scene shot, at a depth of fifty feet, was the scene where SPECTRE divers remove the atomic bombs from the sunken Vulcan bomber. Peter Lamont had previously visited a Royal Air Force bomber station, carrying a concealed camera, which he used to get close-up shots of secret missiles (those appearing in the film were not actually present). See more »

Goofs

When Bond enters Moneypenny's office, there is a modern light switch next to the door, but when he leaves, there is an old-fashioned one. See more »

Quotes

[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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James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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The Best of Connery's James Bond ?
26 February 2011 | by (Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

Apparently many viewers seem to favor Thunderball as one of the top ranking Bond films. I have seen it three times but really didn't find the movie to improve with each viewing. Is it fair to say that Thunderball is the worst of the series? Definitely not. In fact, it isn't what I would call a bad movie. So then why do I give a 4/10 rating? Well to be quite honest, most everything held up except for the pacing. The story is good, the acting is good, and some of the characters are interesting. Sadly, THE PACING IS TERRIBLE! This is what ruined Thunderball for me. My biggest complaint aside from the dull moments of this movie is the much appraised underwater climactic scene. I'm sure the scenery for it's time was deemed magnificent. To be fair, the underwater segments were shot quite well. The problem is that they went on for far too long. Moving on to the bond characters of Thunderball; three in particular. The central villain of this movie tried to come off as a fearless leader yet had the personality of a rock. The bond girl really wasn't given much to work with and between her and the female villain, I rather fancied the female villain. OK, moving on... After seeing Connery's Bond reach his peak in the superior Goldfinger, I suppose my expectations for Thunderball were not met. Final Thoughts: A number of those who read this review will probably not agree with it. In fact, I found the loose remake of this movie (Never Say Never) to be the better version of the two. Mind you, I have all the Bond films and really enjoy most of them. Still, Thunderball is one of the few that just didn't do it for me.


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