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Thunderball Reviews

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½ April 13, 2018
not as comprehensive for a bond film as it should be. it feels overlong and vacillated in tone.
January 7, 2018
under water scenes drag out too long weighs movie down
½ December 29, 2017
It has some great action, an amazing female villain and a great performance by Connery, but sometimes is boring and the plot is just...not good.
½ December 27, 2017
Sean is in his element here and delivers another entertaining entry although some of the underwater fights nowadays seem slow and plodding.

Gadgets: 4/5 they upped the gadgets again for this entry.
Girls: 4/5 Luciana Paluzzi
as the villainous Fiona Volpe steals the show here.
Villains: 4/5 Largo and the aforementioned Volpe serve up some worthy villains. Largo's pool of sharks is a memorable highlight.
Bond Theme: 4/5 Tom Jones throws his hips into a memorable Bond theme
November 16, 2017
Thunderball is highlighted by its unusual way of storytelling, which inventively connects most of its villains and heroes to one common character, who is killed off near the beginning of the movie. And to just add to my many compliments about Thunderball's storytelling, it also gives a very strong set up to the plot, by acting like a book and waiting until a third of the film is over to actually get to Bond's mission. And last but not least Thunderball delivers a satisfying main villain, several awesome underwater scenes, and somehow manages to be a strong enough entry in the bond franchise to stand up against it's slightly over-praised predecessor Goldfinger.
½ October 21, 2017
A decent, if rather underwhelming Bond film, Thunderball is held together by Connery's charms, but held back by lazy editing, boring action, and a dull villain.
½ October 9, 2017
The underwarter battle at the end is a little confusing (even with the clearly defined 'good guy' and 'bad guy' wetsuits) and goes on a bit long. Also, the opening sequence, in which Bond battles a foe who is posing as his own 'widow' at a fake funeral, and then escapes via jetpack, is...well, stupid. But apart from that, this is one of the greats. The photogenic Bahamas location helps out a lot, but Connery also gives his best performance, aided by a killer script (including one-liners that actually induce laughter rather than eye-rolls) and Terence Young's direction. Largo is a little boring as Bond villains go, but the 'girls' are all fine, and are all reasonably well-defined characters for this era. Fiona Volpe remains my favourite Bond henchwoman. James gets somewhat rapey with Patricia, which detracts from the fun intrigue of the Shrublands sequence. Rik Van Nutter is one of the more memoarble Felixes (Felices?). Tom Jones's theme song is pretty stupid, but J Barry makes it catchy.
September 30, 2017
I like the nautical theme in the movie, however it seems that the recurring theme is unnecessary. I mean the story line keeps coming back to it. Doesn't crime happen above water?
½ September 23, 2017
it's classic Bond. However, I thought the first half was way better than the second half where it became a bit laboured. It's still a great bond
September 18, 2017
Not as good as the first three but still a fantastic addition and Connery's performance is still great.
September 15, 2017
Leaping for the high bar set by Goldfinger and catching itself with both hands, Thunderball dials up the humor a little and the gadgets a lot. Sean Connery is, as usual, incredible as Bond, and the set pieces are some of the best in cinematic history.
½ September 4, 2017
"Thunderball" continues the form set by "Goldfinger". It is characterized by a very intriguing plot and several suspenseful sequences, including a very memorable prolonged underwater climax. Funny one-liners, more Bond girls than you'd care to count and an in-the-field visit by Q spice things up. Also, no matter how blown out of proportion everything is, it is pretty evident that Bond couldn't carry out this mission all alone and that's a nice variation.
August 28, 2017
After the phenomenal success of "Goldfinger", James Bond became a pop cultural phenomenon and expectations were held high for the next Bond film. Producers Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman decided to go bigger and better with Bond and thus "Thunderball" was created. (Although this time Kevin McClory produced the film and not Broccoli and Saltzman.)

The story by now is very generic: SPECTRE steals two nuclear warheads from a jet and holds the world ransom. Bond is sent to the exotic Bahamas to investigate the sister of one of the pilots of the stolen jet and comes across Number Two of SPECTRE Emilio Largo played by Adolfo Celi and dubbed by Robert Rietty.

"Thunderball" is well known for its underwater action sequences which were quite revolutionary at the time and still look great. But some scenes especially the ones near the end go on for far too long and are very clunky and dark making it hard to see who's fighting who underwater. But the best sequence in the movie is a suspenseful scene where James Bond is shot in the leg and is running for his life from SPECTERE agents which showed that James Bond was still human and not Superman.

The acting is good. Sean Connery once again steals the show as James Bond and is more confident in the role. The Bond girls are as beautiful as ever. Claudine Auger is alright as Domino but Luciana Paluzzi steals the show as one of the best femme fatals of the series SPECTRE agent Fiona Volpe. Adolfo Celi is good as Largo but not as good as the previous villains in the last three movies.

Terence Young returns as director for the last time in the series and while the direction is solid it doesn't compare to his best Bond film "From Russia With Love". I think this is probably because they were trying to replicate what made "Goldfinger" such a success with audiences. They managed to succeed with this one because "Thunderball" managed to out gross "Goldfinger" and had James Bond all the rage.

Despite some flaws "Thunderball" is an entertaining Bond episode from the Connery era.
August 24, 2017
Tom Jones' theme song is amazing, but the main story's pacing is really slow, which is a shame because I found the plot to be pretty interesting. 6.5/10
August 1, 2017
I get that this was probably awesome for the time, but I can't stand the awful plot and rapist character of James Bond....or the killing of the poor sharks...pretty scenery, though...and cool underwater stuff...
July 25, 2017
A fun Bond outing that is slightly too long and has a cheesy villain, but succeeds in it's beautiful underwater camera work, another smooth performance by Sean Connery and a deeper look into the organization Spectre.
½ June 26, 2017
Sean Connery give another good performance and the underwater scenes are shot nicely. However the movie got slow and boring at times and had a bad villain.

June 18, 2017
Roteiro atrofiado, direção burra, atuações rasas e explosões bobas. Estupido demais para ser razoável. Thunderball bate muito na mesma tecla, abusa dos exageros e se torna indigesto.
½ June 17, 2017
WHAT I LIKED: Where 'Thunderball' succeeds most is actually in its build-up, where director Terrence Young brings back a level of slow-burn mystery and charm that we got less of in Hamilton's more famous 'Goldfinger.' Here the lead characters - and a great villain - are all rounded out rather impressively which makes for a pretty engaging and enjoyable experience overall.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: As the film advances into its final act, it does descend slightly too far into mind-numbing action territory.
VERDICT: Charming and fun for the most part; 'Thunderball' does a great job bringing enjoyable lightness to the mystery. Shame it becomes slightly over-run by action towards the end.
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