Reviews

  • Nov 25, 2021

    A downgrade from the previous installment, though still rather enjoyable, "Thunderball" sees Connery return in this much more forgettable "Bond" film. The villain is nowhere near as good, and the action feels much more plain. Connery still brings loads of charm, and the story is still classic Cold War thriller material. However, in the end, I just didn't find this as enjoyable as many of the other "Bond" films, and it was one of the lower ones that Connery stars in.

    A downgrade from the previous installment, though still rather enjoyable, "Thunderball" sees Connery return in this much more forgettable "Bond" film. The villain is nowhere near as good, and the action feels much more plain. Connery still brings loads of charm, and the story is still classic Cold War thriller material. However, in the end, I just didn't find this as enjoyable as many of the other "Bond" films, and it was one of the lower ones that Connery stars in.

  • Nov 11, 2021

    Thunderball has its flaws, but if you look through some plot holes this movie has its charm.

    Thunderball has its flaws, but if you look through some plot holes this movie has its charm.

  • Nov 03, 2021

    Ah yes, the water one. This is slowly becoming the most underrated one. the silly Bond movie fans say this is boring. The serious Bond fans are starting to throw this one under the bus because "too much water". People who play video games hate water levels and apparently so do movie fans. I disagree on both accounts. This film is fantastic, even and perhaps especially the water scenes. The original score used during those scenes are great. It gives off a subtle, investigative vibe. Other than the train fight in From Russia With Love, the big, climactic water-fight set piece has the best choreography of the first 14 movies in the franchise and it doesn't even last that long despite what some might say (only about 8 minutes). It helps too that most of and certainly that water scene is shot very clearly, framed very well, and edited with restraint thankfully. It feels grand. of all the old school bond films, everything just feel big in this and You Only Live Twice. I would also say Skyfall, The Living Daylights, and Thunderball has the best cinematography in the entire franchise (Spectre would be in that category too if not for the incessant sepia gloss over). The one thing Thunderball has the best of that no other Bond film to date can compete with is the set design. It is absolutely incredible, inventive, classy, yet stylish and what helps to emphasize that grandness I was just talking about. However, what's keeping me from giving this a 6th star (a like) is it really doesn't make sense for Bond to meet number 2 at his estate a 2nd time. I really like there dynamic too, the story at that point does not call for it. I mean the charade really is gone at that point as number 2 should have shot him on the spot. Probably my favourite line in the whole franchise is the way M says "codename... ...Thunderball".

    Ah yes, the water one. This is slowly becoming the most underrated one. the silly Bond movie fans say this is boring. The serious Bond fans are starting to throw this one under the bus because "too much water". People who play video games hate water levels and apparently so do movie fans. I disagree on both accounts. This film is fantastic, even and perhaps especially the water scenes. The original score used during those scenes are great. It gives off a subtle, investigative vibe. Other than the train fight in From Russia With Love, the big, climactic water-fight set piece has the best choreography of the first 14 movies in the franchise and it doesn't even last that long despite what some might say (only about 8 minutes). It helps too that most of and certainly that water scene is shot very clearly, framed very well, and edited with restraint thankfully. It feels grand. of all the old school bond films, everything just feel big in this and You Only Live Twice. I would also say Skyfall, The Living Daylights, and Thunderball has the best cinematography in the entire franchise (Spectre would be in that category too if not for the incessant sepia gloss over). The one thing Thunderball has the best of that no other Bond film to date can compete with is the set design. It is absolutely incredible, inventive, classy, yet stylish and what helps to emphasize that grandness I was just talking about. However, what's keeping me from giving this a 6th star (a like) is it really doesn't make sense for Bond to meet number 2 at his estate a 2nd time. I really like there dynamic too, the story at that point does not call for it. I mean the charade really is gone at that point as number 2 should have shot him on the spot. Probably my favourite line in the whole franchise is the way M says "codename... ...Thunderball".

  • Oct 08, 2021

    The best Bond film of all.

    The best Bond film of all.

  • Oct 06, 2021

    [⭐️75%] Perhaps controversial, but Thunderball (1965) is one of Bond's most memorable outings as it contains a solid story as well as many unique and fantastic scenes taking place in beautiful locations. In particular the final act all being shot underwater is very impressive and feels ahead of it's time, delivering the best action in the franchise at the time. Thanks to those beautiful locations, the viewer is treated to many great cinematic shots. Thunderball (1965) has many moments which personify James Bond as a franchise and a character, making for quite an underrated addition to the series.

    [⭐️75%] Perhaps controversial, but Thunderball (1965) is one of Bond's most memorable outings as it contains a solid story as well as many unique and fantastic scenes taking place in beautiful locations. In particular the final act all being shot underwater is very impressive and feels ahead of it's time, delivering the best action in the franchise at the time. Thanks to those beautiful locations, the viewer is treated to many great cinematic shots. Thunderball (1965) has many moments which personify James Bond as a franchise and a character, making for quite an underrated addition to the series.

  • Sep 13, 2021

    A very good movie with the guy who started it all!!!!

    A very good movie with the guy who started it all!!!!

  • Sep 12, 2021

    It was a great watch. It was really fun watching the older style of filing techniques and movie effects. Sean Connery is a perfect fit for the role of James Bond.

    It was a great watch. It was really fun watching the older style of filing techniques and movie effects. Sean Connery is a perfect fit for the role of James Bond.

  • Aug 27, 2021

    Thunderball is one of the better bonds, because it has less of the gimmicky technology that ruined many of the films in the series. It lets the story, scenery, underwater scenes and Bond girls provide the elan. It also is well edited, with scenes moving promptly instead of being milked excessively. With a great score by John Barry and Sean Connery in his prime, this is a good one.

    Thunderball is one of the better bonds, because it has less of the gimmicky technology that ruined many of the films in the series. It lets the story, scenery, underwater scenes and Bond girls provide the elan. It also is well edited, with scenes moving promptly instead of being milked excessively. With a great score by John Barry and Sean Connery in his prime, this is a good one.

  • Aug 02, 2021

    This one turned me off in several ways: **sexually aggressive male gets female to "like it" **cruelty to shark by shooting at it, making it bleed & likely die ***impossible to follow who was who underwater "fights" Skip this one.

    This one turned me off in several ways: **sexually aggressive male gets female to "like it" **cruelty to shark by shooting at it, making it bleed & likely die ***impossible to follow who was who underwater "fights" Skip this one.

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Jun 13, 2021

    The allure of Bond, the fascination with his mystique for men is wrapped in a glittery Christmas gift box of broken social rules. He travels the globe (especially places with beaches it seems), sure, and seems proficient with any number of mechanical items, but any clod might do those things. This guy sleeps around though. There. No consequences. No meeting the parents. No trips to the altar or to the doctor. No responsibilities. He comes and goes. And women love him for it. Even better: a friggen license to kill. He seems immensely satisfied about it all. He's living the dream, howbeit a very immature one. Connery returns to wreak havoc against a blackmail scheme involving nuclear weapons, but that's merely a secondary story, a cover, while he smugly indulges in these locker room braggart fantasies, allowing the viewer to live vicariously through his exploits. He seems very satisfied about it all, maybe even a little bored, and that fits the machismo as well.

    The allure of Bond, the fascination with his mystique for men is wrapped in a glittery Christmas gift box of broken social rules. He travels the globe (especially places with beaches it seems), sure, and seems proficient with any number of mechanical items, but any clod might do those things. This guy sleeps around though. There. No consequences. No meeting the parents. No trips to the altar or to the doctor. No responsibilities. He comes and goes. And women love him for it. Even better: a friggen license to kill. He seems immensely satisfied about it all. He's living the dream, howbeit a very immature one. Connery returns to wreak havoc against a blackmail scheme involving nuclear weapons, but that's merely a secondary story, a cover, while he smugly indulges in these locker room braggart fantasies, allowing the viewer to live vicariously through his exploits. He seems very satisfied about it all, maybe even a little bored, and that fits the machismo as well.