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James Bond Month – Thunderball (1965)

By Newguy

James Bond Month – Thunderball (1965)Director: Terence Young

Writer: Richard Maibaum, John Hopkins (Screenplay) Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, Ian Fleming (Story)

Starring: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Rik Van Nutter, Guy Doleman

Plot: James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Just Your Average Mission

Story: Thunderball starts when SPECTRE’s latest villain Largo (Celi) steals two nuclear warheads from NATO, James Bond (Connery) now has one week to locate the warheads before Largo threatens to destroy a major city in either England or America.

James travels to the Bahamas to uncover the missing jet, with the help of his team, he must get close to Largo and his right-hand woman Domino (Auger) who knows the location of the warheads.

Thoughts on Thunderball

Characters – James Bond is back once again, forcing himself on women while trying to recover missing warheads. He gets to do the sneaking around, while alluding capture from the people who know he is after them. We don’t learn much that we haven’t already seen from James in this movie. Domino is the woman on the side of Largo, one that James is trying to seduce to help uncover the location of the missiles and one that won’t give into his charm. Largo is number two in SPECTRE who is the mastermind behind this latest plan is he can pull of the plan he will help fund the criminal group. Fiona is another one of the women that Bond tries his best to get his hands on, another one of the women working for Largo.

PerformancesSean Connery continues to be strong in the leading role of the film, he is starting to have more fun with his performance too. When it comes to the Bond girls, they each have their own beauty while just being written as traditional, will sleep with Bond and more often than not, just pawns in the bigger game. Adolfo Celi is solid in the villainous role, even though it is his look that makes him more memorable than any of his actions.

James Bond Month – Thunderball (1965)

StoryThe story here follows James Bond on his latest mission to stop SPECTRE and their criminal actions against the world, now this is good to see the big villain return and yes, once again we don’t take on the head of SPECTRE as we continue to see plans for the organisation to bring terror on the world. the only negative is that we just glossed over them not being around in the last film and now suddenly they are back. As for the actual mission, we get the normal idea of Bond versus villain that will use weapons of mass destruction against the world with a limited time frame to stop them. This barely bring anything new to the world we are seeing Bond operate in and only continues the long running story against SPECTRE.

Action/AdventureThe action here is very unique and ambitious, we get most of the fight sequences happening underwater, something we rarely see even in this day of cinema, making the action the highlight of the film. the adventure gets to see James in another exotic location to save the day once again.

SettingsThe film is set in the Bahamas for the most part, this gives us the beauty shots and as all Bond movies need, the women in bikinis. It shows how the remote islands can easily be used to harbor fugitives too.

James Bond Month – Thunderball (1965)

Scene of the Movie –
Mass underwater fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is more of the same.

Final ThoughtsThis is another Bond movie that brings him against the criminal organisation known as SPECTRE once again as we continue to world build, it is easy to watch even if it isn’t going to be the most memorable in the series.

Overall: Simple Bond Film


James Bond Month – Thunderball (1965)


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