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July 20, 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 July 3, 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 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.
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.

6.9/10
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.
½ May 30, 2017
If Goldfinger establishes the Bond formula, Thunderball perfects it. Connery's fourth mission mixes the spy thriller elements much better with the blockbuster action to produce a good all-rounder that is reaches a more epic scale than ever before. The plot relies rather a lot on convenience to get it going and whilst the main villain is strongly written and performed, he doesn't rank among Bond greatest adversaries (although the female assassin in his employ arguably does). These, however, are the only real complaints in a film that has everything you could want from a 007 outing.
May 23, 2017
Connery's fourth outing as the iconic spy is a more laid back, slower paced style of movie. All the elements that were crystallised in Goldfinger 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 and curvaceous yet tragic Bond girl but the film's Archilles heel is its tedious underwater sequences which strip away a lot of the tension.
May 23, 2017
Alright not a lot to say about it quite boring
½ April 9, 2017
One of my favorite Bond movie. Underwater sequences are stunning. But can anyone point out any real 'Visual Effects' in this worthy of an Oscar?!!
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.
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.
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