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Thunderball (1965)

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James Bond heads to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.


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Richard Maibaum (screenplay by), John Hopkins (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Rose Alba ... Madame Boitier


James Bond continues on his fourth mission, with his aim to recover 2 stolen warheads. They've been taken by the SPECTRE organisation, and the world's held hostage as Bond heads to Nassau, Bahamas. Here, he meets Domino and is forced into a thrilling confrontation with SPECTRE agent Emil Largo on-board his boat, the Disco Volante. Written by simon_hrdng

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Did You Know?


The Ernst Stavro Blofeld villain character returns to the official film franchise in Spectre (2015) but since Blofeld last appeared in the official series movies Diamonds Are Forever (1971), informally in For Your Eyes Only (1981), and the unofficial entry Never Say Never Again (1983), Blofeld appeared in three James Bond video games. Wikipedia.com states: "Blofeld appears in the 2004 video game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, this time with the likeness of Donald Pleasence (from You Only Live Twice (1967)), voiced by Gideon Emery. Blofeld is a playable multiplayer character in the 2010 video game GoldenEye 007 for the Wii, with the likeness of Charles Gray (from Diamonds Are Forever (1971)). Blofeld is one of the main characters in the 2012 video game 007 Legends, featured in the mission based on On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), in which the character was an amalgamation of the three actors who had appeared in the official film series (they being Telly Savalas, Charles Gray, and Donald Pleasence). Throughout the game, he is voiced by Glenn Wrage." See more »


As Leiter and Bond look for the Vulcan bomber from helicopter and then fly over Largo's villa there are two shots of the side of the helicopter. One is obviously reversed as the mic on Leiter's headphones moves from one side of his head to the other. See more »


[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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Alternate Versions

On some versions of the 1993-era MGM/UA VHS release (stock M202729), Sean Connery's name (as well as Broccoli & Saltzman) does not appear in the opening credits. See more »


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Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Tom Jones
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A kind of good Connery Bond


Thunderball is a Bond that may be slightly slower than the ones before it, but it still packs a punch in the franchise and stands tall among all the entries. With Connery continuing his suave but violent role, he manages to make this film fun yet plausible at the same time with the villain being not so insane as seen before. I felt that this film was solidly a Kind of good film film, and here below is why I felt so.

The story is good fun and the adventure although maybe not scraping every part of the world, still manages to get a lot of out of only one real location it is set in. It has some good action and good scenes that are quintessential to any Bond fans, with big weapons and an underwater scene that is one of the resounding images of this film, it is just all good stuff, and with a plot that isn't afraid to be both light and dark.

Connery comes back with maybe a film that wouldn't be his proudest Bond, but still manages to entertain and do a job that many think, no one can do better. Largo the villain is a good villain, maybe slightly stereotypically Bond but is still a bad one, which turns out good. I felt Adolfo Celi who plays him is very good and stands out for me as one of those villains who is evil when you least expect it, a cunning man indeed.

The stunts are good fun and some of the things involved go a long way to entertain you, I especially liked that this film didn't have to rely on car chases for fun, it has more thrilling chases and a lot of boats are involved too. It is written OK and the script doesn't really go anywhere to help the film although Connery uses it well to his advantage, overall it is Connery who helps this film to it's rating.

The only thing I could really find wrong with this film is that at times it can be slow and maybe just a bit boring, I feel this was only because the film has one setting for the majority of the film and although it is an interesting plot, maybe the over use of location effects it. It could also be said that the film lacks enough humour needed for early Bonds but that it is really up to you if you decide to watch it.

Bond fans should enjoy this and although I don't think this will be there favourite one, it will still serve to entertain. Those who like Bonds with a much more spy like feel will enjoy this as he seems to get into some hiding places and stake outs to root out his enemy. One more thing to say is that this film has some great characters throughout and who is good and who is bad is always hard to predict, good fun.

Overall I give this a 7/10, Solidly a kind of Good film, with this you have to just enjoy this and see exactly what Sean can do in a Bond film, I will mention the underwater scenes again because Connery executes them very well and it is one thing that sticks in your mind when you think about the film. Just see what you think with this and ignore all other ratings including mine, you might just love this.

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Official Sites:

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English | French

Release Date:

22 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Atlantis Hotel, Bahamas See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 6-Track Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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