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Thunderball (1965)

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James Bond heads to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.

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Terence Young

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Richard Maibaum (screenplay), John Hopkins (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... James Bond
Claudine Auger ... Domino
Adolfo Celi ... Largo
Luciana Paluzzi ... Fiona
Rik Van Nutter Rik Van Nutter ... Felix Leiter
Guy Doleman ... Count Lippe
Molly Peters ... Patricia
Martine Beswick ... Paula
Bernard Lee ... 'M'
Desmond Llewelyn ... 'Q'
Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny
Roland Culver ... Foreign Secretary
Earl Cameron ... Pinder
Paul Stassino ... Palazzi
Rose Alba Rose Alba ... Madame Boitier
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Storyline

James Bond continues on his fourth mission, with his aim to recover two stolen warheads. They have been taken by the evil S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization. The world is held hostage and Bond heads to Nassau, The Bahamas. Here, he meets the beautiful Domino and is forced into a thrilling confrontation with S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Emilio Largo on-board his boat, the Disco Volante. Will 007 prevent the killing of millions of innocent victims? Written by simon_hrdng

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Taglines:

Look Out! Here Comes The Biggest Bond Of All! (British quad poster) See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thunderball See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantis Hotel, Bahamas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$63,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,600,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to the 2013 settlement between the McClory Estate and MGM and EON Productions, according to the October 20-26, 1997 edition of show-business trade paper "Variety", characters and situations the late Kevin McClory claimed he exclusively owned, included S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and the organization's octopus logo; Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his white cat; the Bond Girl characters Fiona Volpe (who appeared in this movie) played by Luciana Paluzzi), Fatima Blush (who appeared in Never Say Never Again (1983), played by Barbara Carrera), and Domino Smith (played by Claudine Auger (appearance) and Nikki Van der Zyl (voice - uncredited) in this movie as Domino Derval (a.k.a. Dominique Derval), and also played by Kim Basinger in Never Say Never Again (1983), as Domino Petachi); the Bahamas location (though this setting was still used in Casino Royale (2006)); the Shrublands Health Clinic; the James Bond character versus the Sicilian Mafia (an original plot outline for this movie) as well as Bond tackling an atomic bomb hijacking scheme; a flying saucer yacht with a hidden hydrofoil (which featured in this movie, with the vessel being called "The Disco Volante"); and a customized rocket-firing motorcycle (which Sir Sean Connery rides in this movie's remake, Never Say Never Again (1983)). See more »

Goofs

When Bond confronts Count Lippe at the health retreat, he enters a door that has the word "Massage" on it. When he exits the room the door suddenly says "Sitz Bath & Heat Treatment". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Madame LaPorte: The coffin - it has your initials: J.B.
Bond: At the moment, rather him than me.
Madame LaPorte: At least you've been saved the effort of removing him. Colonel Bouvar passed away in his sleep, so they tell me.
Bond: Mm...
Madame LaPorte: You sound disappointed you did not kill him yourself.
Bond: I am. Jacques Bouvar murdered two of my colleagues.
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Alternate Versions

Closing credits on British prints use the James Bond Theme. International prints use an instrumental version of Thunderball. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Die Another Day (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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User Reviews

Great Villain and the Best Bond Babes!
6 July 2004 | by shepardjessicaSee all my reviews

This Bond film (the 3rd best; the others being From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and 4th would be Dr. No) has exotic locale, superb soundtrack, formidable bad-guy, the hottest real Bond gal (Claudine Auger as Domino), other hot chicks - Martine Beswick and Lucianna Paluzzi, and Sean's toupee still looked good before his final three Bond adventures.

There may have been too many Bond effects underwater in this one, but everything else about it makes up for the scuba scenes, which are necessary to the "plot". Adolfo Celi (Largo) had presence, great white hair, an eyepatch, and figured out Bond almost immediately. It flows with best scenery (Bond-wise) and had no major problems, although a tad long. A 7 out of 10. Recommended for 1965!


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