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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:
Excellent entry in which Bond goes into action to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by Spectre 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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Language:
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:
A GI Joe doll was popular in the toy market at the time of Thunderball (1965)'s production so when the film was released, the first ever James Bond action figure was manufactured as part of the film's merchandising. The film's massive collectible merchandising continued the boom which had started with Goldfinger (1964).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: After Bond has escaped Largo's sharks, lighting equipment is reflected in the car door as he opens it.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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Excellent entry in which Bond goes into action to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by Spectre, 13 October 2013
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Over-the-top James Bond movie in which he confronts Spectra and killer hoodlums around the world . World is threatened with destruction James Bond (a magnificent , as usual, Sean Connery) then goes to Bahamas and meets Emilio Largo (Adoldo Celi , as a formidable Bond villain) , a high-ranking nasty agent and involving a beauty (Claudine Auger) in order to retrieve atomic missiles that were stolen by Spectre and its Agent nº 2 . In Bahamas James has an ally character , another agent named Felix Laiter (Rick Van Nutter) . 007 is being lured into a deadly trap , and he will need all of his force , intelligence and cutting-edge technology to triumph over the enemies that seek to destroy him . Bond is pursued by Largo and his hoodlums .

This solid , slick thriller with magic mix of action-packed , dazzling stunts , gadgetry , self-deprecating humor and romance provided by sexy company as Claudine Auger ; in addition , Luciana Paluzzi as a memorably sexy villainess , after being rejected for the role of Domino . This is a very amusing installment , though when was released suffered from comparison to its two admittedly superior predecessor ¨From Russia with Love¨ and ¨Goldfinger¨ . Fourth entry Sean Connery as James Bond is very fine , he does remarkably well , he has toughness , irony, humor and sympathy, however also has coldness ,cunning , intelligence and roughness . Sean Connery said that this movie was his personal favorite out of the Bond films he did . Here Bond is an efficient , relentless agent trying to chase obstinately the criminals , traveling around the world as always , as this time is mostly set in Islas Bahamas . Bond to achieve his aims , along the way uses violent means , pulling off brutal killings against enemies who wreak all sorts of havoc . As always Bond will use "state of the art" and fantastic gadgets provided by ¨Q¨ interpreted , as usual , by Desmond Llewelyn , he would reprise the role of "Q" in 16 subsequent Bond films . In addition , there appears the usual as Lois Maxwell, ¨MoneyPenny¨ and Bernard Lee as M . Here appears four wonderful women ; Claudine Auger , Molly Peters Luciana Paluzzi and Martine Beswick who formerly played in ¨From Russia with love¨ as a gypsy at a memorable fight . This was the second James Bond movie to provide key elements for the series' success ; it was the first of Maurice Binder's opening titles sequences created in the form that they would become most famous for. It was also the first to have movie posters which had panoramic adventure-scene artwork.

The picture contains Connery's stylish acting , comic-strip adventure , sensational pursuits , spectacular set pieces , great stunts , tongue-in check humor , frantic unstopped action , amazing gimmicks and stimulating images like are the spectacular chases , the overwhelming underwater scenes made by Ricou Browning , and the breathtaking fights . As is like a roller-coaster , as is fast-paced , light, excitement, funny and entertaining ; it's a winner for oo7 fans and non-fans alike . The chase and suspense formula wears strong in this entry . The action-packed includes : impressive chase scenes in his Aston Martin , underwater battles and Bond escape in a rocket-propulsion Jet Pack originally designed and invented for military use , it is also known as the Small Rocket Lift Device . Hoping for an end to the Cold War, producer Kevin McClory didn't want James Bond's main enemy to be Russian, so for the film version his nemesis is the fictitious criminal organization Spectre . Enjoyable title song and stirring musical score fitting to action by John Barry in his classic style , the score allegedly still contains riffs from Monty Norman's work on ¨Doctor No¨. In premiere , ¨Thunderball¨was panned by reviewers , ; however , time has proved it to be one of the more amusing films based on Ian Fleming novels . . It was remade eighteen years later as ¨Never say never again¨ by Irvin Kershner , with Klaus Maria Brandauer (Adolfo Celi role) , Kim Basinger (Claudine character) and Barbara Carrera (Luciana Paluzzi role) .

Riveting and fancy main titles by habitual Maurice Binder , he returned to the series to design the main title sequence for this movie after being absent from the previous two Bond movies ; for the opening main title sequence, title designer Binder filmed swimmers swimming naked in black and white before adding in the color by an optical process afterward. Furthermore , eye-popping and overwhelming production design by Ken Adam . It's brimming with colorful and fascinating cinematography by cameraman Ted Moore . Evocative photography ,much of the film was shot on location, with only a bare minimum of back projection used ; something quite unusual for a film of 1965 . The motion picture was well directed by Terence Young ,author of three best James Bond films : ¨Dr No¨ , ¨From Russia with love¨ and ¨Thunderball¨ and directed to Audrey Hepburn in a good thriller titled ¨Wait until dark¨ and a failed film titled ¨Bloodline¨.

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