Reviewed byRighty-Sock (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 8/10/10
Reviewed bystamperVote: 7/10/10
Thunderball is the fourth entry in the ever ongoing James Bondfranchise and in my opinion one of the better installments. This filmfeatures the secret services arch-enemy SPECTRE and I must say that inthis episode of James Bond adventures it works better than in FromRussia with Love. What I liked about this film, was that there were alot of good one-liners from Connery, that there weren't too many goofystunts / henchmen / gadgets and that the film was able to maintainexciting throughout. I've read quite a few comments stating that theunderwater scenes dragged on too long, but I must say that I felt eventhat bit to be quite entertaining and thrilling. I actually have onlyone criticism and that regards the ending. I felt that the wholeout-of-control boat thing was really stupid. I mean I understand thatthey tried to make it look spectacular, but in using the same techniquethey used to buff up the fistfights, they made it look cheesy andcheap. Luckily this is just one short moment in the film and the filmis not ruined by something as a dreadful character or a bad actor. Allin all this is one of the better Bond films and well worth watching ifone sets out for 2 hours of pure adventurous entertainment with astandard-formula story.
7 out of 10
Reviewed byma-cortesVote: 7/10/10
Over-the-top James Bond movie in which he confronts Spectra and killerhoodlums around the world . World is threatened with destruction JamesBond (a magnificent , as usual, Sean Connery) then goes to Bahamas andmeets Emilio Largo (Adoldo Celi , as a formidable Bond villain) , ahigh-ranking nasty agent and involving a beauty (Claudine Auger) inorder to retrieve atomic missiles that were stolen by Spectre and itsAgent nº 2 . In Bahamas James has an ally character , another agentnamed Felix Laiter (Rick Van Nutter) . 007 is being lured into a deadlytrap , and he will need all of his force , intelligence andcutting-edge technology to triumph over the enemies that seek todestroy him . Bond is pursued by Largo and his hoodlums .
This solid , slick thriller with magic mix of action-packed , dazzlingstunts , gadgetry , self-deprecating humor and romance provided by sexycompany as Claudine Auger ; in addition , Luciana Paluzzi as amemorably sexy villainess , after being rejected for the role of Domino. This is a very amusing installment , though when was releasedsuffered from comparison to its two admittedly superior predecessor¨From Russia with Love¨ and ¨Goldfinger¨ . Fourth entry Sean Connery asJames Bond is very fine , he does remarkably well , he has toughness ,irony, humor and sympathy, however also has coldness ,cunning ,intelligence and roughness . Sean Connery said that this movie was hispersonal favorite out of the Bond films he did . Here Bond is anefficient , relentless agent trying to chase obstinately the criminals, traveling around the world as always , as this time is mostly set inIslas Bahamas . Bond to achieve his aims , along the way uses violentmeans , pulling off brutal killings against enemies who wreak all sortsof havoc . As always Bond will use "state of the art" and fantasticgadgets provided by ¨Q¨ interpreted , as usual , by Desmond Llewelyn ,he would reprise the role of "Q" in 16 subsequent Bond films . Inaddition , there appears the usual as Lois Maxwell, ¨MoneyPenny¨ andBernard Lee as M . Here appears four wonderful women ; Claudine Auger ,Molly Peters Luciana Paluzzi and Martine Beswick who formerly played in¨From Russia with love¨ as a gypsy at a memorable fight . This was thesecond James Bond movie to provide key elements for the series' success; it was the first of Maurice Binder's opening titles sequences createdin the form that they would become most famous for. It was also thefirst to have movie posters which had panoramic adventure-sceneartwork.
The picture contains Connery's stylish acting , comic-strip adventure ,sensational pursuits , spectacular set pieces , great stunts ,tongue-in check humor , frantic unstopped action , amazing gimmicks andstimulating images like are the spectacular chases , the overwhelmingunderwater scenes made by Ricou Browning , and the breathtaking fights. As is like a roller-coaster , as is fast-paced , light, excitement,funny and entertaining ; it's a winner for oo7 fans and non-fans alike. The chase and suspense formula wears strong in this entry . Theaction-packed includes : impressive chase scenes in his Aston Martin ,underwater battles and Bond escape in a rocket-propulsion Jet Packoriginally designed and invented for military use , it is also known asthe Small Rocket Lift Device . Hoping for an end to the Cold War,producer Kevin McClory didn't want James Bond's main enemy to beRussian, so for the film version his nemesis is the fictitious criminalorganization Spectre . Enjoyable title song and stirring musical scorefitting to action by John Barry in his classic style , the scoreallegedly still contains riffs from Monty Norman's work on ¨Doctor No¨.In premiere , ¨Thunderball¨was panned by reviewers , ; however , timehas proved it to be one of the more amusing films based on Ian Flemingnovels . . It was remade eighteen years later as ¨Never say neveragain¨ by Irvin Kershner , with Klaus Maria Brandauer (Adolfo Celirole) , Kim Basinger (Claudine character) and Barbara Carrera (LucianaPaluzzi role) .
Riveting and fancy main titles by habitual Maurice Binder , he returnedto the series to design the main title sequence for this movie afterbeing absent from the previous two Bond movies ; for the opening maintitle sequence, title designer Binder filmed swimmers swimming naked inblack and white before adding in the color by an optical processafterward. Furthermore , eye-popping and overwhelming production designby Ken Adam . It's brimming with colorful and fascinatingcinematography by cameraman Ted Moore . Evocative photography ,much ofthe film was shot on location, with only a bare minimum of backprojection used ; something quite unusual for a film of 1965 . Themotion picture was well directed by Terence Young ,author of three bestJames Bond films : ¨Dr No¨ , ¨From Russia with love¨ and ¨Thunderball¨and directed to Audrey Hepburn in a good thriller titled ¨Wait untildark¨ and a failed film titled ¨Bloodline¨.
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?