Monday, 29 October 2012

Thunderball Review


Release Date: 17th December 1965 - Australia

Production Companies
EON Productions

United Artists (Australia)

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 130 minutes

Budget: $9,000,000

Box Office Gross: $142.200,000

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

Sean Connery - James Bond
Adolfo Celi - Emilio Largo
Claudine Auger - Dominque
"Domino" Derval
Luciana Paluzzi - Fiona Volpe
Rik Van Nutter - Felix Leiter
Bernard Lee - M
Guy Doleman - Count Lippe
Martine Beswick - Paula Caplan
Molly Peters - Patricia Fearing
Desmond Llewelyn - Q
Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny
Phillip Locke - Vargas

Director - Terence Young
Based on Novel "Thunderball"/
Original Story - Ian Fleming
Original Story/Producer -
Kevin McClory
Original Story/Screenplay -
Jack Whittingham
Screenplay - Richard Maibaum
& John Hopkins
Producers - Albert R. Broccoli
& Harry Saltzman (Uncredited)
Production Designer - Ken Adam
Director of Photography - Ted Moore
Action Sequences - Bob Simmons
Director: Underwater Sequences -
Ricou Browning
Special Effects - John Stears
Film Editor - Ernest Hosler
Main Titles Designer - Maurice Binder
Composer: James Bond Theme -
Monty Norman
Singer: Thunderball - Tom Jones
Music - John Barry


1966 Academy Awards
Best Special Visual Effects - John Stears (Won)

Not nearly quite as perfect as the third Bond film GOLDFINGER (click here), THUNDERBALL is a another good one and it has some great moments. The things that made this movie are worthwhile besides Connery such as the evil female character Fiona Volpe, the theme song by Tom Jones, the setting of underwater and the well-choreographed action scenes of it.

It takes a lot of steps to get this spy-picture done, THUNDERBALL is perhaps a good impression of the world of Bond but also not as good as the previous instalment.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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