Following the mega success of Goldfinger in 64 had the world in Bond and Spy mania in 65. How big was Thunderball? Adjusted for inflation, Thunderball made anywhere between $515 to $800 million back in 65 in 21st century dollars. Is the movie as good? Eh. It's not as good as Goldfinger but it's certainly not awful.
Bond is getting himself into shape at a health clinic while the evil S.P.E.T.R.E. organization's number 1 agent Emilio Largo has hijacked two atomic bombs and plans on holding The U.S. and the U.K. ransom for millions of dollars. Bond has a lead, only a small one that Nassau is where the bombs could be hidden and goes to investigate.
Sean Connery does probably one of his best jobs as Bond here. The perfect amount of cool and strength to do his job while avoiding hitmen. Rik Van Nutter to me is probably the best Felix and it's a shame they never used him again. The girls in this movie are all strong or at least beliveable and not a bunch of bimbos.
The Bond scope really got opened up with the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. oragnizations HQ and it's agents and the people they commission to accomplish the assignment from the deadpan heavy Vargas, the sultry and voluptous assassin Fiona Volpe and the cold hearted Largo himself who takes charge in the field to get the job done. MI6 calls all of it's agents in for a mission of this magnitude and is ready to save the day.
After Goldfinger showed off it's cool gargets and toys, this movie REALLY ups the ante with A LOT of gadgets, an underwater jet pack, pocket rebreather and the infamous rocket pack are all here. Those great Ken Adam sets are present as well for that cool, not too distant future architecture. The movie really moves away from the substance standpoint and relys more on style but thankfully the story is strong enough to support it.
Sounds really good, so wheres the perfect score? One itty bitty piece of business, the editing. The scenes that take place underwater, from stealing the bombs, the fights which includes the penultimate army vs army fight at the end of most Bond movies, ANYTHING underwater has almost NO editing to it, it's one long continuous and at times BORING take. It keeps going and going and going. A few snips here and there really couldn't have hurt.
Some people would say that the Bond series never found it's way back after this one but I disagree. Sure the first couple are some of the best but there was still plenty to enjoy after this. It is true though that they never really resembled the BOOKS after this one, with On Her Majesties Secret Service being an exception, Thunderball is certainly a great entry into the series. Sure the ending may not be in doubt but hey, thats the way all his movies end.
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