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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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007 et voici le plus explosif de tous les James Bond (French) (OO7 is here and its the most explosive James Bond of all) See more »


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22 December 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 underwater bomb sled used in the film where the atomic bombs are deployed later ended up in the possession of screenwriter Kevin McClory after the real-life prop was used on promotional tours after the film's release. McClory stored the prop on his villa in the Bahamas where it decayed until he sold the property in the early 1990s - the prop was subsequently destroyed when the villa was redeveloped into a hotel resort. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when the boat is going "out of control" the direction the boat is going according to view out the windows doesn't match up with the direction the steering wheel is turning. 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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Featured in The James Bond Story (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Thunderball
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Tom Jones
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We've got ourselves a Broken-Arrow, James Bond style
13 December 2004 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Thunderball is the fourth entry in the ever ongoing James Bond franchise and in my opinion one of the better installments. This film features the secret services arch-enemy SPECTRE and I must say that in this episode of James Bond adventures it works better than in From Russia with Love. What I liked about this film, was that there were a lot of good one-liners from Connery, that there weren't too many goofy stunts / henchmen / gadgets and that the film was able to maintain exciting throughout. I've read quite a few comments stating that the underwater scenes dragged on too long, but I must say that I felt even that bit to be quite entertaining and thrilling. I actually have only one criticism and that regards the ending. I felt that the whole out-of-control boat thing was really stupid. I mean I understand that they tried to make it look spectacular, but in using the same technique they used to buff up the fistfights, they made it look cheesy and cheap. Luckily this is just one short moment in the film and the film is not ruined by something as a dreadful character or a bad actor. All in all this is one of the better Bond films and well worth watching if one sets out for 2 hours of pure adventurous entertainment with a standard-formula story.

7 out of 10


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