Thunderball (1965) Poster



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Dr. No (1962)
Goldfinger (1964)

Followed by 

Moonraker (1979)
Octopussy (1983)
GoldenEye (1995)
Casino Royale (2006)
Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)
Bond 25 (2019)

Version of 

Edited into 

The Bond Sound: The Music of 007 (2000) (Video)


Notorious (1946)
The scene where Fiona harasses Bond by driving very fast is taken from the scene where Ingrid Bergman drives very fast with Cary Grant in the car
Another Time, Another Place (1958)
When Bond says goodbye to Patricia Fearing with the phrase "another time, another place," he is making an in-joke reference to another Sean Connery film, Another Time, Another Place.
Goldfinger (1964)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Sean Connery says "I guess I've grown accustumed to your face" which references professor Higgins' song about Eliza.

Referenced in 

The Beverly Hillbillies: The Private Eye (1965) (TV Episode)
Jethro mentions 'Double Naught Seven' is in the West Indies
Take Thirty: Sean Connery on Being Bond (1965) (TV Episode)
Discussion of James Bond films in Sean Connery's career
The Incredible World of James Bond (1965) (TV Movie)
Mentions / discusses
Telescope: Licensed to Make a Killing (1965) (TV Episode)
Discussion of early Bond movies
A Child's Guide to Blowing Up a Motor Car (1965) (TV Short)
This is a comic promotional mock documentary about a visit to filming of Thunderball at Silverstone Racetrack
Get Smart: The Last One in Is a Rotten Spy (1966) (TV Episode)
underwater speargun battle of spies
Adam Adamant Lives!: A Vintage Year for Scoundrels (1966) (TV Episode)
A woman in hospital is reading 'Bond' magazine with a picture from Thunderball on the front cover
The Beverly Hillbillies: Granny Lives It Up (1966) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Lil as her favorite Bond picture.
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Full Frontal Nudity (1969) (TV Episode)
Beginning of the theme song plays during the Hell's Grannies sketch
Black Samurai (1976)
The Making of James Bond - 007: Design (1977) (TV Episode)
Referenced / mentioned
No. 1 of the Secret Service (1977)
Charles Bind has to go to health farm
Tais-toi quand tu parles! (1981)
Giaccomo is awaken by two men calling him James and asking him to complete his mission. He answers, "What mission ? Goldfinger ? Thunderball ? Not Moonraker, that one is not interesting at all !"
Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Breslin and Marvin Hagler/Level 42/E.G. Daily (1986) (TV Episode)
Emilio Largo appears on Midday with Jennifer Hicks
Jane Bond Meets Thunderballs (1986) (Video)
title reference
The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990) (TV Movie)
The Rocketeer (1991)
RoboCop 3 (1993)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: I think I know why Thunderball was a hit.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
The Joker's jetpack is the same one James Bond uses in the opening scene of Thunderball.
True Lies (1994)
Weird Science: Spies 'R' Us (1995) (TV Episode)
Scampfinger intends to place Dick in a shark tank.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Our Man Bashir (1995) (TV Episode)
Star Trek spoofs James Bond with certain tropes and key moments lifted from this film.
Behind the Scenes with 'Thunderball' (1995) (Video)
Documentary on Thunderball
Inside 'Thunderball' (1995) (Video)
Relates to Thunderball
James Bond 007: Yesterday and Today (1996) (Video)
Documentary on the James Bond films
Duke Nukem 3D (1996) (Video Game)
Broken Arrow (1996)
Trainspotting (1996)
The Rock (1996)
EastEnders: Episode dated 15 August 1996 (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Gita.
NewsRadio: Movie Star (1996) (TV Episode)
Matthew tells James Caan that he liked him in Thunderball; Caan corrects him, saying that he probably means Rollerball
GoldenEye 007 (1997) (Video Game)
The single-controller and double-controller button schemes are named after various Bond girls: 2.3, Domino: Dominique "Domino" Derval from Thunderball (1965)
Dexter's Laboratory: Don't Be a Baby/Dial M for Monkey: Peltra/G.I.R.L. Squad (1997) (TV Episode)
Dexter mention it as the name of his inventions. Also Bond music plays.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gorgo (1998) (TV Episode)
Tom Servo says "Thunder-bore"
Spy Fox in Cheese Chase (1998) (Video Game)
The 52nd level is titled "Thunder Cheeseball".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hamlet (1999) (TV Episode)
Mike: Hamlet will be back in Thunderball.
The James Bond Story (1999) (TV Movie)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) (TV Movie)
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 features many clips and references from movie and television history.
Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) (Video)
Title mentioned on screen as part of Terence Young's filmography
007 Racing (2000) (Video Game)
Aston Martin DB5 car from this film appears in video game
Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) (Video)
Filmographical reference re Ken Adam
Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) (Video)
Filmographical Reference to his work
Inside Q's Lab (2000) (Video)
Poster on wall behind Desmond Llewelyn
The Men Behind the Mayhem: The Special Effects of James Bond (2000) (Video)
Reference: Mentions / Discusses
Exit Wounds (2001)
ReBoot: Daemon Rising (2001) (TV Episode)
The Meeting table and shark tank from Emilio Largo's Palmyra headquarters appear in the game level.
Bad Company (2002)
Swimfan (2002)
Bond Girls Are Forever (2002) (TV Movie)
talks about the movie
Die Another Day (2002)
Characters use jet-packs the same way as in Thunderball.
I'm Alan Partridge: Never Say Alan Again (2002) (TV Episode)
When making his Bond-marathon timetable Alan says "3:35, Thunderball"
Modern Marvels: James Bond Gadgets (2002) (TV Episode)
Discussion of Aqua Tow sleds
The King of Queens: Thanks, Man (2003) (TV Episode)
While mentioning a list of fictional characters who wear eye patches, Spence refers to "the guy in the James Bond movie". He is referring to the character of Emilio Largo (played by actor Adolfo Celi) in the 1965 James Bond film "Thunderball".
Absolutely Fabulous: Schmoozin' (2003) (TV Episode)
Patsy Stone appeared in 'The Man With Thunder Balls'.
American Dreams: To Tell the Truth (2004) (TV Episode)
Colin refers to the fact that Tom Jones sings the theme song of the new Bond film Thunderball (1965).
NCIS: A Weak Link (2004) (TV Episode)
Tony almost starts talking about the movie but Gibbs cuts him off.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a song from the Thunderball soundtrack.
From Russia with Love (2005) (Video Game)
The jet pack from Thunderball is featured in the game.
Ken Adam's Production Films: Thunderball (2006) (Video)
Filmed during making of Thunderball
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights (2006) (Video)
Details of its Premiere(s)
Bill Suitor: The Rocket Man Movies (2006) (Video)
Thunderball Boat Show Promo (2006) (Video)
The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark (2007) (Video)
Bill: "James Bland is back in Thunderbore!"
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
When Homer enters the supplybunker, the jetpack from Thunderball is hanging on the wall.
NCIS: Ex-File (2007) (TV Episode)
Tony thinks the speargun is "very James Bond".
Jane Bomb 2: Thunderpussy (2007) (Video)
title reference
All About 'Thunderbirds' (2008) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
The Dark Knight (2008)
Batman & Lau are picked up by an airplane via a long cable attached to an inflatable device.
The Middleman: The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown (2008) (TV Episode)
Wendy and Guy talk about which Bond movie her bikini is from
NCIS: Murder 2.0 (2008) (TV Episode)
Tony: "If he had one of those James Bond submersible sleds from Thunderball, but, frozen's good."
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.39 (2008) (TV Episode)
Reference in a $2,000 question
I Love You, Man (2009)
When Peter is posing like James Bond, he says something about getting a girl on a Jet-pack, a gadget that was introduced in the opening scene of Thunderball
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009) (Video)
"El Superbeasto in the Man with the Golden Thunderballs"
Minami Shineyo: Episode #1.8 (2009) (TV Episode)
Hoon-yi envisions a music video like the opening of a James Bond movie.
QI: Games (2009) (TV Episode)
Photo from the baccarat game is seen
NCIS: Ignition (2010) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo mentions that they watched the Thunderball DVD
White Collar: Hard Sell (2010) (TV Episode)
Neal says, "The FBI's been watching 'Thunderball.'"
MacGruber (2010)
A military warhead is stolen
20 to 1: Blockbuster Heroes (2010) (TV Episode)
A poster for this movie is shown in a segment on James Bond.
Mad Men: The Suitcase (2010) (TV Episode)
anachronistic mention of James Bond meeting a girl underwater
Mess with an Article (2010) (Short)
Refernced on the IMFDB page.
My Weekly Bond: Thunderball Review (2010) (TV Episode)
Reviewed in this episode.
My Weekly Bond: Dr. No Review (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD shown.
My Weekly Bond: Goldfinger Review (2010) (TV Episode)
Music Movies: Repo: The Genetic Opera (2011) (TV Episode)
Paw mentions that everytime he hears Largo in Repo, he gets reminded of Largo from the 007 movie "Thunderball"
Looking for Peter (2012) (Video)
Film poster is visible at Shepperton Studios.
Sir Billi (2012)
"Thunderbull" sign.
Skyfall (2012)
Bond picks up clues about Sévérine based on tattoos, the same way as Count Lippe
Saturday Night Live: Louis C.K./Fun (2012) (TV Episode)
On Weekend Update, Seth reports on a woman who has legally changed her name to "Pussy Galore Honey Ryder Solitaire Plenty O'Toole Mayday Xenia Onatopp Holly Goodhead Tiffany Case Kissy Suzuki Mary Goodnight Jinx Johnson Octopussy Domino Moneypenny."
My Weekly Bond: Bond Film Rankings: Worst to Best Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Featured on the list.
My Weekly Bond: Top 10 Bond Songs (2012) (TV Episode)
Theme mentioned, soundtrack shown.
The Roth Show: Stay Frosty/Ice Cream Man (2013) (TV Episode)
Dave mentions the wetsuit/tuxedo scene as having come from Thunderball
World's Strangest: Vehicles (2013) (TV Episode)
Jetlev is described as being inspired by jet pack in Thunderball
Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: 500th Video - Blu-Ray Collection!! (2013) (TV Episode)
James Bond DVD Collection is shown.
The Cinema Snob: 42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2013) (TV Episode)
"...then being watched by one of Largo's girls from"
The Cinema Snob: Jack the Ripper Goes West (2013) (TV Episode)
"Can't say I expected the big reveal of the movie to be Thunderball."
Life Itself (2014)
The movie was advertised on an old newspaper.
Top Gear: Episode #21.4 (2014) (TV Episode)
Jeremy mentions the film while talking about the Alfa Romeo 8C
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (2014) (Video Game)
Skill rune titled "Thunderball"
Chikara Thunderball (2014) (Video)
Title reference
FanboyFlicks, Bad Movies!: How Bad Is Jaws: The Revenge??? (2014) (TV Episode)
Mark mentions it. Also, poster is shown.
My Weekly Bond: Thunderball Review (2014) (TV Episode)
Reviewed in this episode.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Count Lippe/Count Lippi
Geeks Who Drink: Grey Damon v. Josh Brener (2015) (TV Episode)
identified by a contestant as a James Bond film
Spectre (2015)
SPECTRE criminal organization and arch villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld; Octopus insignia on SPECTRE ring of evil; Funeral of a SPECTRE agent and Bond seeking out the widow afterwards; Arch villain introduced in silhouette; Ejector seat in Aston Martin car
Die schlechtesten Filme aller Zeiten: Hentai Kamen - Forbidden Super Hero (2015) (TV Episode)
Kalkofe said that a fight scene in Hentai Kamen has James Bond style in it and could also be called "Feuerball" (Fireball)
Cinemadonna: Die Another Day (And Other Cameos) (2016) (TV Episode)
Film referenced
Epic Rap Battles of History: James Bond vs Austin Powers (2016) (TV Episode)
Directly mentioned in lyrics
My Weekly Bond: Announcement: My New Podcast (2016) (TV Episode)
Image in background.
Tosh.0: Bond Girl (2016) (TV Episode)
Referenced in lyrics
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.96 (2017) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Other Bond Film Characters" category
The Trip to Spain (2017)
The early Sean Connery James Bond films where he is being followed by a sinister figure are referred to collectively.
My Weekly Bond: Top 5 Diminishing Returns Podcast Bond Moments (2017) (TV Episode)
Discussed on Diminishing Returns podcast.
Rick and Morty: The Ricklantis Mixup (2017) (TV Episode)
The scene in which Evil Morty kills off all of his henchmen that admit to opposing him is a reference to James Bond: Thunderball
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Harry Hart wears an eyepatch like villain Largo did.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jared Leto/Nicole Richie/Tyler, The Creator (2017) (TV Episode)
Jimmy mentions that Tom Jones sang the title song
Die schlechtesten Filme aller Zeiten: Mister Dynamit (2017) (TV Episode)
Kalkofe mentioned that this movie is an adaptation of Thunderball
Hollywood Mouth 3 (2018)
Model of 1965 Ford Mustang from the movie is shown.

Featured in 

The Incredible World of James Bond (1965) (TV Movie)
Footage / clips from
Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond (1967) (TV Movie)
Includes footage / clips from
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Footage in opening titles sequence
'Thou-Vou' Falakros praktor - Epiheirisis: Gis madiam (1969)
The characters are watching this film and analyze James Bond's mistakes!
Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond (1987) (TV Movie)
Footage / Clips From
The Many Faces of Bond (1989) (Video)
The World of James Bond (1995) (TV Movie)
In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross (1995) (TV Movie)
Includes clip(s) / footage from
Inside 'Thunderball' (1995) (Video)
The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files (1997) (TV Movie)
Clip From
Nobody Does It Better: The Music of James Bond (1997) (TV Movie)
Part of title sequence, clip shown
The James Bond Story (1999) (TV Movie)
Now Pay Attention 007: A Tribute to Actor Desmond Llewelyn (2000) (TV Movie)
Includes clip(s) / footage from
Inside 'Dr. No' (2000) (Video)
Clips during opening montage
Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) (TV Short)
Features clips from this film.
Ian Fleming: 007's Creator (2000) (Video)
Footage / clip from
Inside 'The Living Daylights' (2000) (Video)
Footage / clips from
Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) (Video)
Footage from Ken Adam's career
Designing Bond: Peter Lamont (2000) (Video)
Footage / clips from
Double-O Stunts (2000) (Video)
Footage / clips from
Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) (Video)
Footage / clips from
Inside 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (2000) (Video)
Includes footage / clip(s) from
Inside 'You Only Live Twice' (2000) (Video)
featured in documentary
Inside Q's Lab (2000) (Video)
Clips / footage from
Silhouettes: The James Bond Titles (2000) (Video)
Footage of title sequence in this documentary
Tribute to Desmond Llewelyn (2000) (Video)
Footage / clip(s) from
Bond Girls Are Forever (2002) (TV Movie)
Best Ever Bond (2002) (TV Movie)
SexTV: Bond Girls Are Forever/The Story of 'V'/A Moment With... Tristan Taormino (2004) (TV Episode)
Clips from film are used in episode.
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 18
007: Licence to Restore (2006) (Video)
Features clip(s) from
Bill Suitor: The Rocket Man Movies (2006) (Video)
Thunderball Boat Show Promo (2006) (Video)
Related Recut footage / Promotional
David Walliams: My Life with James Bond 007 (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
True Bond (2007) (TV Movie)
Clips of the film featuring James Bond, Fiona, and Largo are shown.
Great Movie Mistakes (2010) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Best of Music in the Movies (2010) (TV Episode)
"Hairy Chests" segment
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Best of Science Fiction Movies (2010) (TV Episode)
Brett's Movie Gadgets segment
Mess with an Article (2010) (Short)
A screenshot is seen on IMFDB page.
My Weekly Bond: Thunderball Review (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Everything or Nothing (2012)
clips shown
Bad Movie Beatdown: Die Another Day (2012) (TV Episode)
Film Brain talks about the legacy of Bond. James Bond.
Bond's Greatest Moments (2013) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
The Oscars (2013) (TV Special)
James Bond 50th Anniversary tribute.
My Weekly Bond: Thunderball Review (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
Seriesly: Thunderball (2015) (TV Episode)
Focus of the episode
Inside Spectre with Richard Wilkins (2015) (TV Movie)
Shows movie clip(s) from
The Nation's Favourite Bond Song (2015) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
The Big Fat Quiz of Everything: Episode #1.3 (2016) (TV Episode)
Clip from the movie is shown.

Spoofed in 

Operation Butterball (1966)
Title spoof.
Blunderball, or from Dr. Nofinger with Hate (1966) (Short)
James Bond Spoof - Blunderball , Ernest Stavro Blowfly
Batman: Batman's Anniversary (1967) (TV Episode)
Batman and Robin's underwater fight with Riddler's henchmen parodies this movie.
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Roger Moore in an Aston Martin DB5 in Cannonball Run
Tais-toi quand tu parles! (1981)
Giaccomo watches a movie that's supposed to be Thunderball on TV (it's actually a fake Bond), mostly the scene where James Bond massages Patricia Fearing with a mink glove.
Filmpje! (1995)
When Paul de Leeuw sings "My life is a filmpje" this title is sung.
Spy Hard (1996)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Number Two and Emilio Largo both wear eyepatchs and white tuxedos (Largo is also called "Number Two" by Blofeld). The opening conference room scene parodies the SPECTRE conference scene with booby trapped leather chairs and Blofeld/Dr. Evil's face being hidden.
The Avengers (1998)
Zoolander (2001)
Duck Dodgers (2003) (TV Series)
Tom Jones singing a James Bond-inspired theme song. He sang the theme song for Thunderball.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye (2006) (TV Episode)
The title is a parody of "Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang", a phrase originally applied to James Bond and used for a song in the film Thunderball.
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
Spy car has gadgets and bullet proof glass like a James Bond Aston Martin spy car

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