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Thunderball (1965)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... James Bond
... Domino
... Largo
... Fiona
Rik Van Nutter ... Felix Leiter
... Count Lippe
... Patricia
... Paula
... 'M'
... 'Q'
... Moneypenny
... Foreign Secretary
... Pinder
... Palazzi
Rose Alba ... Madame Boitier
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Operación Trueno  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$63,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,600,000
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While there really is an area known as the "Golden Grotto" in the Bahamas (now rechristened the "Thunderball Reef"), the Golden Grotto sharks that Largo keeps in his swimming pool, and describes as "the most dangerous, the most savage" shark species of them all, are entirely fictional. The Bull/Zambezi shark is regarded as the most dangerous to man in all tropical waters. See more »

Goofs

The part in James's hair reverses while he is in the helicopter talking to Felix Leiter due to a flipped shot. 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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Soundtracks

Thunderball
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Tom Jones
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Watery Bond.
16 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

Based on the first four Bond films alone, I would say that Connery peaked as the nation's greatest spy in From Russia With Love, the series dropping considerably in quality thereafter. Thunderball is perhaps a minor improvement over Goldfinger, but still nowhere near as good as his sophomore adventure.

The main issue I have with this film is its rather thin storyline, which displays very little in the way of imagination: SPECTRE steals a couple of nuclear bombs and holds the UK and US to ransom; Bond investigates. The fact that I have been able to sum the plot up in so few words gives some idea how pedestrian it all is.

Thunderball also suffers from some incredibly ill considered moments, the 'rack' on full speed and the blatant use of back projection and speeded up footage during the car and boat scenes being particularly cringeworthy; the less said about Bond blackmailing a hot health spa nurse into having sex with him the better...

The film's spectacular underwater finalé is well staged and the cinematography is good, but it lacks a sense of genuine excitement, the action seemingly moving at half speed, failing to generate the adrenaline rush one might expect from a climatic Bond battle. It all gets so tedious that the camera even occasionally wanders from the fight to explore some of the colourful underwater wildlife.

On a more positive note, the opening fight scene is full of energy and sexy SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) has a very impressive rack.


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