The fourth, most commercially successful Bond to date, is known for its pre-credits sequences, underwater battles, and escalating number of violent deaths.
| Original Score: B+
Connery's Bond was never better than this.
| Original Score: 4/5
The ambition is evident throughout, but the execution just doesn't have enough energy to sustain it. THUNDERBALL is very sluggish.
| Original Score: 2/4
Turgidly paced and overly reliant on less-than-thrilling underwater sequences, it's the "Moonraker" of Sean Connery's run -a misstep defined by heyday technology that the producers thought would look cool in the era but feels hopelessly stale today.
| Original Score: 2/5
A particularly energetic, jaunty Bond adventure, the kind that is just plain fun to watch, in a perfectly relaxed and undemanding register.
| Original Score: 7/10
Even James Bond can miss his mark.
Thunderball, the biggest, most lavish, and longest Bond film at that time, was the most popular of its day.
It was still fun despite its shortcomings.
| Original Score: B
Sean Connery's fourth Bond film, Thunderball, slips from the peak of From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, but still provides plenty of thrills of the brand only 007 can provide. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 3/4
If Thunderball's gimmickry seems to overreach at times, Actor Connery gains assurance from film to film, by now delivers all his soppiest Jimcracks martini-dry.
Slightly bloated Bond, with too much technology for my taste and a climactic slaughter that's a little too mindless to be much fun.
There's visible evidence that the reported $5.5 million budget was no mere publicity figure; it's posh all the way.
Formulaic it may be, but this is still classic 007 action, featuring great underwater sequences and a wicked femme fatale.
Sean Connery is fantastic
| Original Score: 3/4
The fourth Bond, marking the point at which spectacular hardware began to dominate the series. Sleek and quite fun all the same.
Certainly among the top five of all Bonds, and still socko.
| Original Score: 5/5
The color is handsome. The scenery in the Bahamas is an irresistible lure. Even the violence is funny. That's the best I can say for a Bond film.
| Original Score: 3/5
It loosely maintains the series' early wit, which may be solely attributed, perhaps, to ease with which Sean Connery inhabits the role of Bond.
If it doesn't live up to its illustrious predecessors...well, it still has Connery, and that's a plus in anybody's book.