Thunderball – 1965 – English
Film directed in 1965 by Terence Young, and starring Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Rik Van Nutter, Guy Doleman, Molly Peters, Martine Beswick, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell, Roland Culver, Earl Cameron, Anthony Dawson, Jack Gwillim, Diane Hartford, John Le Mesurier…
Synopsis: 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?
Review: This is one of the top James Bond movies of all time.
Sean Connery is at his peak of fame as 007 and his character of Bond works in an excellent way. His portrait of the suave sophisticated super spy is tough, ironical, glamorous and a bit cynical; physically he’s in great shape. This is the definitive image of Bond -which entered the movie history.
“Thunderball” is the fourth 007 movie. Many things have changed since the small budgeted “Dr.No”. Here we a have a larger than life adventure, full of gadgets and jokes.
When SPECTRE steals some nuclear weapons Bond has to investigate everywhere -also under the sea- to avoid World War 3. He does it, as usual, facing a spiteful villain -Adolfo Celi- and a femme fatale -Luciana Paluzzi-. The prize for his effort is Domino -Claudine Auger-.
The film is still exciting… 40 years after its release we always wonder how underwater scenes are so accurate. The film is a mix of revolutionary technology, British humor, sex and gorgeous women. In 1965 it was unbelievable to see such films. “Thunderball” in the Sixties was like “Matrix” in 2000, maybe with a stronger impact than the latter on audiences, popular culture and fashion.
“Thunderball” marks the peak of Bondmania in the Sixties and the beginning of the gadget era for 007 -although for someone the decline of the serious James Bond begins here…