Overall Rank: 2840
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 153
Theatrical Release Date: 12/29/1965
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Terence Young
Actors: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Guy Doleman, Adolfo Celi
Plot: An evil organization named SPECTRE plans on bribing NATO in exchange for bombs to use for destroying parts of the US and UK. James Bond tries to stop Emilio Largo (SPECTRE No. 2) in destroying Miami Beach. A mysterious mistress assists Largo... or maybe even James Bond.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/01/2020
The story and action sequences are just solid enough to counterbalance the fact that the free-spinning "Thunderball" doesn't quite equal the sum of its parts.
SIngli6 - wrote on 01/05/2015
Coming off the success of 'Goldfinger', EON Productions were evidently intent on making lightning strike twice by loading this film with more gadgets, girls, and nefarious villains than any Bond outing before it. What resulted was a product that didn't quite possess 'Goldfinger's' spark and had a bit of a pacing problem. Nevertheless, this is a fine production with some sumptuous cinematography (the underwater scenes are breathtaking), good performances, and that ineffable charm of the 60's Bond movie.
Snoogans - wrote on 05/09/2011
Fourth film out and still going strong. The underwater work was great, for the time and who can't forget the jet-pack?
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Yojimbo - wrote on 03/02/2012
SPECTRE steal two nuclear weapons and threaten to destroy two cities unless their ransom demands are met. Thunderball was the first James Bond film as we know them today; it introduced the now familiar gadgetry and various plot elements have been used and re-used in Bond films ever since. In this way Thunderball can be considered the most influential 007 of them all, and as such the gaping lapses in logic can be overlooked (surely adding settings to health equipment that can kill you is just plain bad for business?!) The formula of a globetrotting Bond encountering exotic beauties at every turn, aided by the ubiquitous Q and Felix Lighter has now passed into cliche, but Connery's quips still have wit, rather than the dumb one liners of Roger Moore and there are some strong female …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/03/2011
SPECTRE demands 100 million in white flawless uncut diamonds from NATO in exchange for the bombs. The threat of the organizations is that they will destroy a major city in the United States or the United Kingdom if their demands are not met. Emilio Largo (SPECTRE No. 2) has plans to destroy Miami Beach and is accompanied by a mistress who falls for Bond named Domino (Claudine Auger). Shows signs of being dated in terms of special effects, nevertheless the plot was better than most Bond films. The only problem this reviewer has is the pace of the story. It's meat of the story is not that focused on and the action scenes were a bit dragging since it was underwater, though it was well choreographed. Connery was good but some of the humor were not that witty. The film however showcased …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 01/20/2009
It’s interesting to me when I look back on how the “James Bond” franchise changed over several decades. I can understand why many people consider Sean Connery as the best 007 because he can be dangerous and charming at the same time–and looks like he’s having fun. “Thunderball” is the fourth Bond picture and it’s different from the first three because it has so many cheesy but (sometimes) amusing one-liners. I consider this movie to be uneven because even though rousing action sequences are still present, they are immediately followed by tedious dialogue that only occasionally push the story forward. It’s a shame because the picture truly shines when the audiences are actually seeing SPECTRE’s plan in action, all the while knowing that Bond will somehow keep them from …
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