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Plot: James Bond continues on his fourth mission, with his aim to recover two stolen warheads. They have been taken by the evil SPECTRE organisation. 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? Runtime: 130 mins Release Date: 21 Dec 1965
The best classic underwater Sean Connery's Bond film my all time favorite (by ivo-cobra8)
This is the best Bond with Sean Connery his fourth film. It is my second favorite James Bond 007 Sean Connery film. This is my all time favorite Bond film. It has everything: great villains, awesome gadgets and beautiful women. It is Connery at his best. The first one will always be Goldfinger this one will be the second one. Underwater Bond seriously one of my favorite James Bond 007 film from Sean Connery I grew up watching this movie even as a kid. This movie is underwater Bond seriously a classic one of the best Sean Connery films ever. I love Goldfinger to death this movie in my opinion <more>
So he strikes... like Thunderball (by michelerealini)
This is one of the TOP Bond movies of all time.Sean Connery is at his peak of fame as 007 and his character of Bond works in an excellent way. His portrait of the suave sophisticated super spy is tough, ironical, glamorous and a bit cynical; physically he's in great shape. This is the definitive image of Bond -which entered the movie history."Thunderball" is the fourth 007 movie. Many things have changed since the small budgeted "Dr.No". Here we a have a larger than life adventure, full of gadgets and jokes.When SPECTRE steals some nuclear weapons Bond has to <more>
investigate everywhere -also under the sea- to avoid World War 3. He does it, as usual, facing a spiteful villain -Adolfo Celi- and a femme fatale -Luciana Paluzzi-. The prize for his effort is Domino -Claudine Auger-.The film is still exciting... 40 years after its release we always wonder how underwater scenes are so accurate. The film is a mix of revolutionary technology, British humor, sex and gorgeous women. In 1965 it was unbelievable to see such films. "Thunderball" in the Sixties was like "Matrix" in 2000, maybe with a stronger impact than the latter on audiences, popular culture and fashion."Thunderball" marks the peak of Bondmania in the Sixties and the beginning of the gadget era for 007 -although for someone the decline of the serious James Bond begins here...
Out of Connery's Bond movies this one is my personal favorite. It has the best location, the best action, and the best women. Sure it also has lots of flaws, but I still really enjoy this one. SPECTRE has hijacked some nuclear weapons and is threatning to use them if they do not get what they want. So Bond has to find the missles and put a stop to SPECTRE's plans once again. Almost the entire movie takes place on a tropical island, much like Dr. No, but this one has a better plot and a great underwater fight scene at the end that make it a much better film than Dr. No. From beginning <more>
to end I find this one of the most enjoyable Bond flicks.
excellent Bond adventure - Connery on form again (by Stampsfightclub)
Sean Connery Indiana Jones reprises his role as the cool clever 007 as he uses his charm and skill to full effect on a mission to recover stolen bombs from evil villains.Connery has always been my favourite Bond and I personally believe this is one of his best performances as the agent. Whenever I see him on screen in this role I instantly smile as he is such a well placed actor, always suited to this particular role.Connery has always been my favourite Bond character.Connery I believe carries this film and is well juxtaposed with the Bond stereotyped women and gadgets again but that's <more>
what we expect and love from Bond films, that and tons of cool cars, action, fighting and adventure, which Thunderball delivers throughout.This gripping slightly less action based plot is always entertaining through a snappy quickly written plot with many action scenes to sustain audience interest. There are less action scenes, gun fights etc then the more recent Bond films such as Tomorrow never dies and The World is not enough but in my opinion having less is probably best as it gives a more accurate portrayal of the agency, not an idealist world which more people nowadays may hope for.However there are many action scenes which play a great part in this film, such as a shark pool, a car chase, corpses and boats. It's a thrill ride throughout, maintaining an interesting dialogue from the very beginning.The setting out at sea was great. A large proportion of the film is set out at sea with its many creatures and wonderful scenery and captures a great essence of beauty, even with what's taking place when it appears.Compared to other Bond films I think this is one of my favourite as it is mysterious, action packed, beautifully directed, has great characters even though confused at times wondering who was who and the narrative is consistent and energetic, one of the best Bond films.as with all other Connery Bond films, this is worth watching a few times for sheer enjoyment
Leonard Maltin is right. This one bogs down, especially underwater, yet it remains my choice as the ultimate Bond movie. It was, in many respects, the first "epic" entry in the series, not only because of its phenomenal success at the box-office when inflation is taken into account, it remains, as the tagline states, "The Biggest Bond of All" , but for its complicated plot and tremendous underwater action scenes that make the ones in the remake, "Never Say Never Again," look like something done in a bathtub . The dialogue is some of the wittiest in the series <more>
"Some men don't like to be driven," Fiona tells Bond while she gives him a lift in her car. "Some men don't like to be taken for a ride," Bond retorts , and even the character of Felix Leiter seems, for once, to exist for something more than to be impressed with 007's way with the women. And, for the record, the poster the original one-sheet, not the door panels represented here is the best of pack.
Now I realize the fact that I said Goldfinger was the best Bond movie but that doesn't have to mean its my favorite. This movie is my all-time favorite Bond movie. I liked this film because the plot was very entertaining and action packed. Connery once again enjoying himself as Bond in what he says was "His favorite" movie. This movie also gives off a lot of new material. Bond doesn't look invincible but he actually shows a weakness in this film but he uses his smarts and quick thinking to fill those holes. The head villain was another great cast and he wasn't a villain <more>
that just stood off to the side. I also like how the fight scenes in this movie were really original and the first of its type. Like I said before the plot was outstanding and the run length of the movie wasn't too long or too short. It was great watching Connery still in his prime play Bond. This was also the first movie where Connery has the rug on his face. Overall I really enjoyed this film and I find it under-rated on the IMDb polls as I think it deserves more than a 6.9. I know how good Goldfinger was and I think this movie measured up to what Goldfinger was like.
Out of the 20 official entries of the James Bond series to date "Thunderball" is often mentioned as 'the underwater one' and for a very good reason. It had big shoes to fill since the previous year's "Goldfinger" became a box-office phenomenon across the world. Although Thunderball was even more successful, there are debates on weather or not it was a better film. In this fan's opinion, it was. Picking up after the most unusual pre-titles scene featuring MI6 secret agent James Bond meeting his match withÂ… a man in drag and escaping in a jet-pack, <more>
"Thunderball" features the most generic and parodied Bond plot: The international terrorist organization SPECTRE, led by a mysterious unseen cat stroking leader, hijacks two nuclear bombs for a huge extortion plan. James Bond Sean Connery is sent to Nassau where Domino Derval Claudine Auger , the sister of the pilot who appears to be responsible for the theft, resides with her wealthy and older husband Emilio Largo Adolfo Celi . Bond eventually finds out Largo himself is the eye patch wearing SPECTRE #2 and he is in charge of the nuclear warheads. Will he survive Largo's squad, including lethal assassin Fiona Volpe Luciana Paluzzi , and a tank of sharks? "Thunderball" is directed by Terence Young picking up after Guy Hamilton from the previous film. Young, who directed the first two films of the series, is certainly one of the most important filmmakers of the Bond saga. In the hands of some hack, "Thunderball" could have easily been an overlong boring disastrous attempt, but Young fills the screen with the same thrilling charm and glamour that made the first two Bonds so unique. The most cinematic of all Fleming novels, the movie is quite faithful to its source material while adding some welcomed changes the character of Fiona Volpe for example an therefore making it a more entertaining movie-going experience. The action is mostly underwater and that is what usually divides fans of the series since some find them sleep-inducing. The special effects crew was awarded with a Best Special Effects Oscar in 1966 and for a very good reason. The film's extensive use of underwater photography was quite breath-taking for it's time. And the visual effects themselves are quite impressive, especially the explosion featured in the climax which shattered many windows in Nassau. Thunderball is based mostly on thrills than stunts, which is something recent Bond films should start to concentrate on. It is all well orchestrated to one of John Berry's most memorable contributions to the Bond saga. The '007 theme' is used at its best during the action sequences, especially during the climatic fight at Largo's yacht. The theme song, sung by Tom Jones, is one of the most memorable tunes of the series, although I prefer the original unused song "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang".Two usual standards of the series, villains and girls, are both filled quite successfully. Adolfo Celi is one of the most parodied villains eye patch anyone? but his portrayal of #2 is incredibly fun to watch. He is indeed a one-dimensional character, but a very memorable one. Claudine Auger is one stunning-looking woman and her acting skills are above average for the time. She is one of the most likable Bond girls around and her lack of clothing makes her quite heir apparent to Dr. No's Honey Rider in terms of sexiness. But Luciana Paluzzi steals the show with Fiona Volpe. She is the first Bond girl to stand up to the agent's charms Pussy eventually gave up and the psychotic look of rage in her eyes responding to Bond's macho insult is particularly memorable: 'But of course, I forgot your ego, Mr. Bond. James Bond, the one where he has to make love to a woman, and she starts to hear heavenly choirs singing. She repents, and turns to the side of right and virtue... she steps on Bond's foot ... but not this one!' Volpe stands second only to Xenia Onatopp among the sexy girl villains.This is the last time we see Connery at his best portraying 007 before he was eventually bored with the in later entries, particularly in "Diamonds are Forever". He indeed shows why he is considered by most fans to be the best among the Bonds. He has amazing screen presence and a suave charm of a sophisticated playboy that just makes every guy want to be him and every girl want to be with him. One of my personal favourites and certainly on my top five, "Thunderball" is one of the most well rounded Bond adventures to date. Exotic locations, beautiful women, battle sequences, gadgets, suspense, terrific music, and a memorable villain add up to the best of the "popcorn" Bond movies. Terrific entertainment!
The idea of the British Government having Big Ben strike seven times at six o'clock is brilliant... (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
A NATO Vulcan Bomber carrying two atomic bombs had crashed in the CaribbeanÂ… To make a serious situation even more critical, SPECTRE then informed the British government that it had hijacked the plane's cargoÂ… Unless a ransom of ÂŁ100 million was paid in seven days, a major city in England or the US would be destroyedÂ… M16 called in all its top agents, but only one had a lead: James BondÂ… With four days to go, 007 flew to the Bahamas, where a femme fatale, a beautiful avenger, and a big game predator fish collector, a tough Italian mafia type posing as a millionaire adventurer in <more>
Not as good as I remembered it though there is still a lot to admire. Most importantly of course, it has the single two most beautiful women of all in it Martine Beswick why was she never given a bigger role? and Claudine Auger . Also it's got my favourite portrayal of Bond of any of the films, with Sean Connery playing him as a very rude and self-confident guy. Classic stuff! I'm not impartial to its tropical setting and John Barry's magnificent score either.The only negative points are the underwater scenes, of which there are too many it must be difficult to make fast and <more>
exciting action sequences in water , and the death of Paula Caplan yes yes I know, it's called the sacrificial lamb, but couldn't we have seen a bit more of her? .