Was my father's favorite Bond film
The fourth film in this infamous series of espionage features Sean
Connery returning to the role that brought him international fame. Of
course it would be insane to imagine anyone else in this role at this
point in time for the fledgling series that would go on to be the
longest running series in the history of cinema.
The film begins with Bond still stuck in the ongoing war between
himself and the conning SPECTRE organization and has acquired special
attention from their mysterious faceless, cat-stroking mastermind who
has now decided that James Bond, Agent 007, must be taken out of the
picture before he further meddles with the affairs of SPECTRE. But who
in their right mind would want to take on the British super-agent?
SPECTRE's Number 2, Emilio Largo seems up to the task shortly after the
death of Number 6 at the hands of 007 in the beginning of the film.
Largo's plan centers on the hijacking of two nuclear warheads which
would cause enough fuss to attract any super-spy to the area, and he
intends on it. Of course, why bother with a fully equipped agent if you
can take Bond out when he's still recovering after his previous
mission? Well, it turns out that even in relaxation James Bond isn't
entirely defenseless and manages to leave the Spa unharmed...of course
he doesn't leave without some invaluable information regarding Largo's
Off to the Bahamas goes Bond, where he finally lets his womanizing go
too far, nearly leading to his death, but once again he sweet talks,
and dances his way out of danger (Literally!). Of course an Agent's job
doesn't only center on sex and alcohol. It's actually serious business,
as he discovers Largo's fortified estate (complete with a pool of
sharks) and yacht are the center of this nuclear weapon plot. So you'd
think this sounds easy enough for our dear agent 007, right? Wrong. You
forget that Number between one and five in the SPECTRE organization is
going to have a countless number of faceless henchmen ripe for the
killing (So many hired hands...What do they pay all these scuba
The entire thing leads up to one of the most interesting, violent fight
sequences in the entire Bond franchise as a giant underwater battle
erupts between SPECTRE and a group of Scuba commandos (joined of course
by Bond) as they attempt to prevent Largo from detonating the bombs off
the coast of Miami. Excitement and bloodshed erupts and the title of
"Most Violent Connery Bond Film" is one by the end.
Sean Connery as usual proves that he IS James Bond and delivers his
lines perfectly. At this point Connery obviously has the character down
to near perfection. He can fight, shoot, smoke, gamble, drive nice
cars, and seduce women and make it come across as convincing. This is
definitive proof that he was born for this role and that the series
wouldn't have gone very far without his leaving such a great impact
upon his initial run as the character.
Adolfo Auger also makes for a good villain. Cold, heartless, and
delivers his lines with the vicious nature of a shark. He is a driven
villain, seeming to only desire to further impress his superior in
SPECTRE, yet he never stoops to the rank of simple henchmen. So he
works for himself, but also to impress his leader, but at the same time
it feels he tries to detach himself as far away from the central
SPECTRE organization as possible. Maybe he intends to prove himself and
break away and form his own organization? He obviously has the money
and resources to do so (unless ALL of that comes from SPECTRE).
This was my father's favorite Bond film growing up and I agree that it
is a classic that is a worthwhile movie, though the one complaint I
have is that it has several slow parts that seem to drag endlessly, but
these are rare.
Also, the remastered picture quality on the latest DVDs is great, and
if you don't already own the 007 editions from earlier this decade I'd
highly recommend the Ultimate Edition of Thunderball, because it has
quite a few extra features for you Bond fans (but not so many that it
entirely outweighs the 007 edition; so if you have that release there
is no need to buy again)..
harismawardi watch Return To Never Land movie
best sean connery movie.
harismawardi watch Jesus Christ Superstar movie
good movie from 007 .
harismawardi206 watch The Other Sister movie
nice movie from 007, good.
harismawardi watch Every Time We Say Goodbye movie
good movie from sean connery, best ever 007 series..
OrcaCaerulea watch Pumping Iron movie
This is a great James Bond movie.
como todas las de 007 con Sean Connery, recomendable!!.
Another I remember watching for the first time back when I was a kid, and I loved the boat when it seperated... absolutely cool! And with Sean Connery in the leading role, it was naturally another winner. A great movie, with a great actor... Love it!.
who is better bond seen or roger we have to find out my idea is both are good others are worthless.
i yet to see this moovviiee bu i think this will be a goodone.
Y A I HAVE TO DOWNLOAD THIS ONE.
Connery's Bond comes to full maturity
"Thunderball" is James Bond's 4th go-round in the movies and the most
explosive of the Connery Films. More intense than "Goldfinger," it sees
SPECTRE at its most aggressive. The plot begins with the theft of 2
nuclear bombs. SPECTRE, through its agent #2 Emilio Largo (played by
Adolfo Celi), holds the world for ransom, and it is up to Bond to
figure out the who, when, and where of the attack. Largo is ably
assisted by the best bad-Bond girl in the entire history of the films-
Fiona Volpe (played by Luciana Paluzzi). She is both sexy and scary as
Largo's top assassin. Unlike the later psycho-vixen in "GoldenEye"
Xenia Onatopp. Volpe is a believable killer- not a overacted character
meant for sexual innuendo jokes. Volpe is cool, confident, and a real
killer. She easily steals most scenes she appears in. The featured
Bond-girl is the character Domino (played by the gorgeous Claudine
Auger). Domino is, to me, the most beautiful of the Bond Girls, even
over Ursula Andress. Unfortunately, our femme-fatale is dubbed by the
same actress who dubbed Andress's lines in "Dr. No." Between similar
plots and situations, the two characters (Honey Rider from "Dr. No" and
Domino) come across the same, as if it was the same character in both
"Thunderball" has no true weaknesses as a Bond film, except the vocal
dubbings of many of the actors. Celi, Paluzzi, and others all have
their voices overdubbed, and they do not always line up as well. A
minor fault when watching. This movie is the Bond Formula at its
strongest, being still young and not set in its ways. The plot is a bit
hackneyed yet believable, even more so today. The thought of a couple
of nuclear weapons being stolen and used as threats for ransom money is
not that far-fetched today. Bond is still a detective here, but the
fights and action sequences take precedence for the first time
throughout a Bond film. There is enough balance to keep the film strong
in terms of plot and realistic events with the super-agent storyline. A
very good Bond film, and the most re-made and copied... from Matt Helm
Films to Austin Powers..