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½ February 28, 2017
THUNDERBALL (2016) Calificación: 7.3/10
February 20, 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.
½ February 13, 2017
Boring. The fight at the end sucks. Under water fights aren't interesting either!
February 4, 2017
Connery's fourth outing as the iconic spy is a more laid back, slower paced style of movie. All the elements are there but it floats on the notion that the bigger and more bloated it is, the better. Still, there are memorable villains, action sequences and femme fatales. Claudine Auger is a lovely Bond girl and a good companion for 007. This film is long but still superior to the Connery Bonds that followed.
January 21, 2017
Connery is settled now into Bond's shoes but the muddy plot and lack of action makes this installment feel a little overlong. Still superior to many films that would later come, Thunderball remains an entertaining spy adventure.
½ January 17, 2017
Who thought the worlds largest scuba battle would make for good movie action? Average at best.
December 18, 2016
Connery still at his very best as Bond. Under water fight scene is spectacular.
½ December 11, 2016
Gets more enjoyable with each viewing. A true spectacle and visually the best Bond of the first four.
½ November 12, 2016
WHAT I LIKED: Just like 'Goldfinger,' 'Thunderball' does it's best job in setting everything up in an enjoyable way. Here the lead characters (and the great villain) are rounded out even more impressively and the result is something pretty engaging and enjoyable.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Over-abundant action plagues this one too, and seriously so this time.
VERDICT: Charming and fun, 'Thunderball' is a good film, if slightly over-run with action by the end.
November 6, 2016
A bit slower then the recent 007-movies but that doesn't mean worser ....and a couple of gorgious woman ! SOMDVD
½ September 16, 2016
Epic looking, stylishly shot but overly long, slow and with a rather dull, forgettable villain to boot.

It does have its moments but there's not enough tension or pace in the rather uninteresting plot to make you care.

Peter Hunt gets a little too experimental with the editing in the action scenes at times and instead of ramping up the dynamics, ramps up the comedic value instead.

On the whole, duller and less engaging than the average Bond but not without some merit, some classic lines and a few entertaining scenes here and there.
August 4, 2016
Bond's 4th endeavor see's our hero evading sharks, searching for bombs, and spear gunning foes. While it's still an enjoyable romp, Thunderball doesn't quite live of to Goldfinger, suffering from long and confusing underwater scenes. However, Thunderball still holds as one of the best bond films and one of the best of the Connery era.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
½ July 29, 2016
Thunderball feels like the turning point in the James Bond franchise where the plot becomes less of a focus and more of the film is used on OTT gadgets and trying to better the previous with more action, It's not a bad film it's just dated even for back then, It's a typical Bond plot i'm sure you can guess it, The underwater scene at the end was done nicely but there's not allot to shout about, It loses its charm and the director used the if it aint broke don't fix it way, But I'm affraid this is where the cracks appear during Thunderball and is one of the Bonds that got lost in time.
½ July 24, 2016
The sped-up footage really brings this film down for me. It's non-stop. Fine acting from Connery as usual. The Jetpack scene is also enough to make me bump the score up to a 3.5
½ July 23, 2016
Thunderball is a Bond film whose entertainment value runs out only after only one viewing, and can never be recharged. Almost lame.
July 23, 2016
8.5 out of 10:

It's not as good and entertaining as the last three, but still has great action scenes and cool locations.
July 21, 2016
The best Sean Connery James Bond movie. The plot is completely original, the stakes are high, and the camerawork melded with stuntwork are second-to-none.
July 18, 2016
With underwater fights and girls in galore, Thunderball has James Bond swimming, dancing, scuba-diving, and flying, full of great one-liners
July 10, 2016
not bad but slightly long. I had a tough time paying attention. But I see where Dr. Evil's chair elimination button came from.
½ July 5, 2016
Sean Connery bond is great
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