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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 & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Thunderball 1965 See more (274 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)
Catherine Clemence ... Madame LaPorte (voice) (uncredited)
Harold Coyne ... Casino Patron (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)
George Hilsdon ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

Patrick Holt ... Group Captain Dawson (uncredited)
Murray Kash ... SPECTRE Number 11 (uncredited)

Suzy Kendall ... Prue (uncredited)
John Ketteringham ... (uncredited)
Roy Lansford ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

John Le Mesurier ... Man at Army Meeting (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)
Sheree Winton ... Woman at Café Martinique (uncredited)

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)
Robert Watts .... second 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)
Yaeger Gordon .... rocket belt pilot (uncredited)
Richard Graydon .... stunts (uncredited)
Arthur Howell .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... 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)
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)
Laurie Shane .... electrician (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)
 
Location Management
Frank Ernst .... location manager
 
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
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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12 (DVD rating) | Ireland:PG (re-rating) (2012) | Japan:G (2015) | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This was the first James Bond movie to provide two 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. These would become a tradition for the series until Licence to Kill (1989). From GoldenEye (1995) onwards, photo montages have become the staple for James Bond movie posters.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When James Bond is swimming in the cove he is barefooted. As he climbs the stairs he is wearing blue shoes, which are still on as he crosses the street near the bridge. After he goes down another set of steps, he has on white shoes. His swim trunks are dry, and his hair combed.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "NCIS: Ignition (#7.11)" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
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32 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Thunderball 1965, 8 October 2005
Author: wrestlingsitewebmaster from England

This James Bond film was fantastic. The characters in the film were really interesting and every single actress/actress plays his/her part with professionalism.

This film involved a lot of scenes involving water, but I'm not complaining, because it was really fascinating to see that instead of the usual dry land scenes. One interesting note was the scene in which Fiona Volpe fires the rocket at the car chasing 007, Bob Simmons the stunt driver was almost killed in the spectacular scene. Simmons also played the man dressed up as a women in the beginning of the film. Sadly Bob Simmons died in 1988.

Rik Van Nutter (yeah, yeah even I laughed when I seen his last name!) played Felix Leiter in a fantastic fashion. He was cool and when a situation arose he was calm about it. Van Nutter who is now 75 years old was not asked to play the part again, for reasons which are unknown but he will always be remembered for being one of the more memorable actors to play Leiter along with Jack Lord (Dr No, 1962) and David Hedison (Live and Let Die, 1973 and Licence To Kill, 1989).

The man they called Ernst Stavro Blofeld oh yes! was played by actor Anthony Dawson who played Professor Dent in Dr No. Although we don't see Dawson's face in the film his voice was dubbed so it could be more frightening and entertaining. Just seeing Dawson sitting in that chair behind the screen with that little white cat (isn't that cat a legend?!) sends the chills down your spine. Anthony Dawson sadly passed away in 1992 from cancer.

Finally the villain who was wonderfully played by Adolfo Celi - Largo was a fascinating character. Even this SPECTRE agent had his love for a particular animal that being Golden Grotto sharks. As suspected Celi had his voice dubbed for the final version of the film. Unfortunately Celi passed away in 1986 from a heart attack.

This film ranks up there with the best along with From Russia with Love (1963) and Goldfinger (1964) and if you like James Bond you'll like this! Overall Grade - A*

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