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Director:
Writers:
Richard Maibaum (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
22 December 1965 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
FANTASTIC 'BOND' SALE [Reissue poster] See more »
Plot:
James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Budget Bloated Bond still holds some merit See more (254 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... James Bond

Claudine Auger ... Domino

Adolfo Celi ... Largo

Luciana Paluzzi ... Fiona
Rik Van Nutter ... Felix Leiter

Guy Doleman ... Count Lippe
Molly Peters ... Patricia

Martine Beswick ... Paula

Bernard Lee ... 'M'

Desmond Llewelyn ... 'Q'

Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny
Roland Culver ... Foreign Secretary

Earl Cameron ... Pinder
Paul Stassino ... Palazzi
Rose Alba ... Madame Boitier
Philip Locke ... Vargas
George Pravda ... Kutze
Michael Brennan ... Janni
Leonard Sachs ... Group Captain
Edward Underdown ... Air Vice Marshal
Reginald Beckwith ... Kenniston
Harold Sanderson ... Hydrofoil Captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Bailey ... Radar Navigator (uncredited)
Gábor Baraker ... SPECTRE Representative (uncredited)
Amelia Bayntun ... Mrs. Karlski (uncredited)
Anthony Blackshaw ... Sentry at RAF Base (uncredited)
Dana Broccoli ... Cafe Martinique Dancer (uncredited)
Courtney Brown ... SPECTRE Diver (uncredited)

Ian Bulloch ... SPECTRE Henchman (uncredited)
Clive Cazes ... SPECTRE Number 9 (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Cecil Cheng ... SPECTRE Number 7 (uncredited)
Michael Culver ... Vulcan Bomber Crewman (uncredited)
Bill Cummings ... Quist (uncredited)

Anthony Dawson ... Ernst Stavro Blofeld (uncredited)
Henry Ford II ... Extra at the Nassau Casino (uncredited)

Jack Gwillim ... Senior RAF Staff Officer (uncredited)
Neil Hallett ... Vulcan Bomber Pilot (uncredited)

Diane Hartford ... Girl in Kiss Kiss Club (uncredited)
Philo Hauser ... Mr. Karlski (uncredited)
Patrick Holt ... Group Captain Dawson (uncredited)
Murray Kash ... SPECTRE Number 11 (uncredited)
Suzy Kendall ... Prue (uncredited)
John Ketteringham ... (uncredited)
George Leech ... Disco Volante Crewman (uncredited)
André Maranne ... SPECTRE Number 10 (uncredited)
Kevin McClory ... Man Smoking at Nassau Casino (uncredited)
Albert Michel ... Priest at Bouvar's Funeral (uncredited)
Mitsouko ... Madame LaPorte (uncredited)

Derek Partridge ... Vulcan Bomber Crewman (uncredited)

Eric Pohlmann ... Ernst Stavro Blofeld (voice) (uncredited)
Lloyd Reckord ... Pinder's Assistant (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Emilio Largo (voice) (uncredited)
Peter Roy ... 006 (uncredited)
Charles Russhon ... Air Force Officer (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Bob Simmons ... Colonel Jacques Bouvar - SPECTRE #6 (uncredited)
Philip Stone ... SPECTRE Number 5 (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Dominique 'Domino' Derval (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Terence Young 
 
Writing credits
Richard Maibaum (screenplay) and
John Hopkins (screenplay)

Jack Whittingham (original screenplay)

Kevin McClory (original story) &
Jack Whittingham (original story) and
Ian Fleming (original story)

Produced by
Kevin McClory .... producer
Albert R. Broccoli .... producer (uncredited)
Harry Saltzman .... producer (uncredited)
Stanley Sopel .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Ted Moore (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Hosler 
 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Murton 
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Lamont (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Basil Newall .... makeup artist
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Eileen Warwick .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
David Middlemas .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gus Agosti .... assistant director
Ricou Browning .... second unit director: underwater sequences (uncredited)
Peter R. Hunt .... second unit director (uncredited)
Richard Jenkins .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Freda Pearson .... set dresser
Michael White .... assistant art director
John Chisholm .... property master (uncredited)
William Creighton .... carpenter: Vulcan Bomber mock-up (uncredited)
Peter Lamont .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Ron Quelch .... production buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Maurice Askew .... sound recordist
Harry Miller .... dubbing editor
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
Norman Wanstall .... dubbing editor
Lionel Strutt .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects
Frank George .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Bert Luxford .... special effects technician (uncredited)
James Snow .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Cliff Culley .... optical effects supervisor (uncredited)
Roy Field .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ray Andrew .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Bernard Barnsley .... stunts (uncredited)
Evelyne Boren .... underwater sequences stunt double: Claudine Auger (uncredited)
Courtney Brown .... stunt diver (uncredited)
Courtney Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Ian Bulloch .... stunts (uncredited)
Yvan Chiffre .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Clegg .... stunts (uncredited)
Tim Condren .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Cummings .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Graydon .... stunts (uncredited)
Arthur Howell .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
John McLaughlin .... underwater sequences stunt double: Largo (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Harold Sanderson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Silk .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunt double: Guy Doleman (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunt double: Sean Connery (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Suiter .... flying stuntman (uncredited)
Gordy Yeager .... rocket belt pilot (uncredited)
Dick Ziker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lamar Boren .... underwater cameraman: Underwater Sequences
John Winbolt .... camera operator
Egil S. Woxholt .... second unit cameraman (as Egil Woxholt)
Ray Andrew .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Oscar Barber .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Edmund Gibson .... underwater photographer (uncredited)
Richard Moore .... underwater camera operator (uncredited)
George Pink .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Brady .... wardrobe master
Anthony Mendleson .... wardrobe designer
Anthony Sinclair .... suits: Sean Connery s
Eileen Sullivan .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Peter R. Hunt .... supervising editor (as Peter Hunt)
Ben Rayner .... assembly editor
Steve Cuiffo .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Monty Norman .... composer: The 'James Bond' theme
Vic Flick .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Sidney Margo .... music contractor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... main title designed by
Albert R. Broccoli .... presenter (as Albert R.Broccoli)
Ricou Browning .... underwater director: Underwater Sequences
Joan Davis .... continuity girl
Frank Ernst .... location manager
Huntington Hartford .... Paradise Island sequences by courtesy of (as Mr Huntingdon Hartford)
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater engineer: Underwater Sequences (as Jordan Klein)
Harry Saltzman .... presenter
Bob Simmons .... action sequences by
Richard E. Batchelder .... underwater specialist (uncredited)
Lamar Boren .... double: Claudine Auger (uncredited)
Ian Bulloch .... double: Sean Connery (uncredited)
Charles Russhon .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Ivan Tors .... supplier: divers and diving equipment (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
130 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:X (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) (2000) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: additional material audio commentary) (2008) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1992) (2000) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (original rating) | USA:GP (re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
The reason why many of the villains are played by Italian actors was because the original script did not involve SPECTRE but Italian gangsters in the Sicilian Mafia, with Largo as a Crime Boss.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Apparently some of the locals wanted to celebrate their moment in a Bond movie, because during the chase through the Junkanoo parade, James passes a parade group, all of whom are wearing large yellow "007" headdresses.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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FAQ

How does the movie end?
What does "Disco Volante" mean?
What is that weirdly discolored patch of skin on Sean Connery's right arm?
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23 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Budget Bloated Bond still holds some merit, 27 October 2007
Author: pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada

After the legendary success of Goldfinger , expectations were understandably astronomical for the next Bond installment, with 007 producers determined to consistently push the envelope, delivering a "bigger and better Bond" than ever before. Unfortunately, this determination proved to be both the strength and weakness of Thunderball, the resulting sequel. On the whole, the film is by no means a failure, but the producers' determination to cash in on elements which made Goldfinger such a success led to overkill excesses which sink Thunderball's overall quality.

The plot is even more outlandish than Goldfinger's radiation of the fort Knox gold reserve, pushing the threat to a more global context with the destruction of major world cities by atomic weapons. As well as being a particularly poignant plot device at the time, in the midst of the Cold War, the gist of Thunderball may seem quite familiar to those who frequent more modern political action thrillers, such as The Sum of All Fears. Despite the larger than life premise, Thunderball remains far more grounded in reality than several later Bond exploits (including You Only Live Twice and Moonraker) which tended to drift into being overly silly and ludicrous. Thunderball still takes itself relatively seriously, with several surprisingly dark moments, which help counterbalance the slightly comical yet still thrilling sight of of seeing Connery in a jet pack, and dramatically aid the overall quality of the film.

However, Thunderball's significantly larger budget is mostly misused through underwater photography sequences, which, although interesting to look at (and were likely moreso back in the 1960s, where such a sight was very seldom visible to the public eye) for the most part fail to further the plot in any way, and drag on excruciatingly long. However, the film does boast some strong cinematography (and some stunning locations), the action sequences (including a tense chase sequence through a Mardi Gras parade) are solid, and an unreasonably catchy Tom Jones title track surprisingly helps not hinders the film.

Unfortunately, for however many of the film's previous strengths, the film descends into utter chaos during the film's final quarter with a painfully repetitive and indecipherable underwater battle (it is increasingly difficult to tell which underwater army is which, who is winning, or why it should even retain our interest) a boat chase flaunting special effects which have dated decidedly unfavourably, and laughably inexplicable character motivations seemingly thrown in to finally tie up the increasingly unravelling mess. It is a disappointment indeed to see what started out with such promise sink into such a banal conclusion.

The character of Bond himself is surprisingly reduced to far less screen time than is usual for a 007 film, which is unfortunate, as Connery gives arguably one of his strongest performances as Bond, oozing self assurance and panache, yet an unprecedented darkness amidst the one liners ("I think he got the point" being the most classic). This time around Bond not only gets hurt, but is not afraid to hurt, unflinchingly bestowing surprisingly vicious physical punishment against his adversaries

The supporting cast proves to be a very hit and miss affair. While former model Claudine Augere certainly looks the part of a sixties Bond girl, but unfortunately for the most part retains the static lack of emoting also associated with them. Adolfo Celi's eye-patched frown makes a visually iconic Bond villain, and is suitably menacing, but as the film progresses, he loses his threat element more and more, eventually degrading to a flimsy carbon copy of an adversary by the final act. Luciana Paluzzi steals the show from all but Connery, making one of the most chilling Bond femme fatale figures in the franchise. Paluzzi, despite the potential to coast by on her sensual looks, refuses to play the part on autopilot, and exudes laudable charisma and threat throughout. The unfortunately named Rik Van Nutter makes the most generic and forgettable CIA agent Felix Leiter of the Bond series, but Bernard Lee and Desmond Llewelyn are on top form as the ever endearing M and Q.

As overlong and let down by some unfortunate overuse of budget and dated special effects as the film may be, Thunderball is nonetheless a noteworthy and suitably engaging early Bond effort. Connery himself, in one of his most charismatic renditions of the role is enough to merit watching, and the film for the most part runs along at a brisk enough pace to retain audience interest. While the film is less likely to enthrall those who are not already Bond purists, fans of the character or series should easily be able to extract moments of enjoyment from Thunderball.

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