Thunderball

Thunderball

DVD - 2006
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Sean Connery brings his characteristic style, humour, and magnetism to Agent 007 as he travels to Nassau to track down villainous criminal Emilio Largo, who is threatening to plunge the world into a nuclear holocaust.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c2006, p1965
Edition: Ultimate edition
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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ba_library
Jun 15, 2017

Think this was the last Connery Bond film. I couldn't get through Diamonds Are Forever - thought this one was better. Bond goes to Nassau, Bahamas to locate some stolen nuclear weapons. Has plenty of underwater adventures. My only complaint was that the theme song for this movie had a male vocalist--not the same! James needs a sexy female vocal--needless to say!

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brooklynmu
Feb 28, 2017

I've watched the film a few times, always found it a tad lengthy. Not a top-ranked Bond movie on my list (Dr. No, From Russia with love, Casino Royale) but also not a Sean Connery number worth missing.

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Dave99_0
Apr 24, 2016

Sean Connery is the best James Bond. He is the only sane Bond who is believable as a licensed killer who would not think twice about killing anyone, if necessary, to complete his mission.

"Thunderball" has everything that a viewer would expect in a James Bond film: a big budget, escapist fantasy, lavish spending and glamour. Consequently, "Thunderball" is the best James Bond film. IMHO, I would rate "Thunderball" (released in 1965) at 5.0 stars.

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uzebdrumz
Jul 05, 2015

SPECTRE is plotting to steal 2 nuclear warheads to extort $ from western governments. Bond is employed to foil their scheme while seducing a few women along the way - all in the interests of King & country as he puts it.

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Another adventure featuring James Bond, spydom's favourite psychopathic horndog. This time he’s shooting and screwing his way through the Bahamas in an effort to locate a pair of armed nuclear missiles that have gone astray. The action is appropriately cartoonish and Sean Connery is certainly very easy on the eyes but I'm afraid I just can't suspend my disbelief long enough to really enjoy these films and instead find myself wishing S.P.E.C.T.R.E. would succeed just once. Who needs Miami anyway?

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rslade
Aug 14, 2013

I may be biased on the rating: this was the first Bond film I ever saw. The franchise elements are pretty much all in place by this point, including the circle introducing the opening mini-drama, and the aquatic aspects.

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tj_is_cool
Jun 09, 2012

Fun Bond movie.

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AtomicFez
Aug 10, 2011

Fourth film, although was originally to be the first script to be made (but that fell through and we got "Dr. No").

Looking at it now, I wonder why at one time it was head-and-shoulders above "From Russia with Love" in my view. It's actually a bit boring through several section. Well, maybe not 'boring', that's too harsh a word for a Bond film. Yet, it does have some bits that don't do much for the story. The Fiona Volpe plot-line could go, for one thing: as attractive as she is, and as delightful her rant at Bond about how he seduces women is (and taken verbatim from a review of "Goldfinger" apparently), she really only end-up adding 20 or so minutes to the film with no discernible benefit. She doesn't even get killed in some fascinating way or become the informant who saves Bond's skin, or whatever. No, really, she's pretty much a waste of space.

Given this is is a film adaptation of the novel which was an adaptation of a screenplay that was developed from an pitch that Fleming and several others developed from their mutual idea, it's a wonder it makes any sense at all.

The pre-titles sequence has the benefit of being marginally tied to the story proper (in that a SPECTRE agent is killed in it and cannot make the meeting held *after* the titles), but beyond that simply serves to show us a room in a French estate home destroyed. Granted, then we get to see the Aston Martin DB5 again, plus the ridiculous jet-pack. The latter is probably the first use of a gadget that makes one think "oh, come *on*!" yet the beast you see in the film was apparently an actually functioning unit developed by the military for short launches over obstacles in the field. Still...

Once in London, we see insanely large rooms in MI-6 headquarters — seems like a good 18-foot ceiling, and on at least the second floor, probably in Whitehall, and a use of space which wouldn't have survived the budgets of Harold Macmillan — where we learn of the first really world-threatening crisis of Bond's career: stolen missiles!

I like the way the theft is accomplished, as it's plausibly complicated, though a touch on the edge of believe-ability at times. More might have been made of Domino's emotional connection to her brother, as well as her involvement with Bond's attempt to get at Largo. Granted, if one wanted that, then there's "Never Say Never Again", which further adapts this movie to another movie, making the earlier mentioned development line even sillier.

Yes, the underwater sequences are very good, and kudos to those involved for making it all work extremely well.

This Leiter may be visually the closest to the books, but he sucks in this film.

After considering this my #2 for years, it has dropped considerably in the ranking. It's not at the bottom, but nearer than it had been.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Sean Connery as Bond, need I say more.

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uzebdrumz
Jul 05, 2015

Miss Moneypenny: In the conference room - something pretty big; every double-o man in Europe has been rushed in. And the Home Secretary, too!
James Bond: His wife probably lost her dog.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

James Bond: That gun, it looks more fitting for a woman.
Emilio Largo: You know much about guns, Mr. Bond?
James Bond: No, but I know a little about women.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Fiona: Some men just don't like to be driven.
Bond: No, some men don't like to be taken for a ride.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

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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