Thunderball (James Bond) [Blu-ray]

 
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The thrills never let up as James Bond dives into this riveting adventure filled with explosive confrontations and amazing underwater action sequences! Sean Connery brings his characteristic style, humor and magnetism to Agent 007 as he travels to Nassau to track down villainous criminal Emilio Largo, who's threatening to plunge the world into a nuclear holocaust. From Bond's thrilling jetpack flight to his heart-stopping clash with Largo's killer sharks, Thunderball is a stupendous mixture of action, romance and edge-of-your-seat suspense!

James Bond's fourth adventure takes him to the Bahamas, where a NATO warplane with a nuclear payload has disappeared into the sea. Bond (Sean Connery) travels from a tony health spa (where he tangles with a mechanized masseuse run amuck) to the casinos of Nassau and soon picks up the trail of SPECTRE's number-two man, Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi), and his beautiful mistress, Domino (Claudine Auger), whom Bond soon seduces to his side. Equipped with more gadgets than ever, courtesy of the resourceful "Q" (Desmond Llewelyn), agent 007 escapes an ambush with a personal-size jet pack and takes to the water as he searches for the undersea plane, battles Largo's pet sharks, and finally leads the battle against Largo's scuba-equipped henchmen in a spectacular underwater climax. This thrilling Bond entry became Connery's most successful outing in the series and was remade in 1983 as Never Say Never Again, with Connery returning to the role after a 12-year hiatus. Tom Jones belts out the bold theme song to another classic Maurice Binder title sequence. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews:

  • Thunderball Ultimate Edition/Utimate Review
    The movie was great! It was a birthday gift for my husband & he loved it!
    The only thing we would have preferred was for it NOT to be in wide-screen.
    Otherwise, no complaints, so thanks....more info
  • james bond thunder with blu-ray
    If you like James bond and you are collector you must have them on blu-ray the picture quality and sound are great you will not be disappointed. Trust me on this. ...more info
  • "Thunderball"-Blu-Ray Edition
    I loved the image,and sound quality,first rate!I did notice an error left by those that transferred the film to Blu-Ray;a small gate hair near the bottom of the frame in one scene,it shakes back and forth,and is black,in color!The bonus features compliment the film,but no deleted scenes/test scenes are included,and the film itself is the regular theatrical version,not an extended,expanded,longer,version.The end credits are faded out as always,before you get to see the following:'THE END OF "THUNDERBALL",BUT JAMES BOND WILL RETURN IN,"YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE",I recall seeing a longer version of this movie at the cinema long ago,and the part where the man was thrown into the shark pool lasted longer,and was very bloody!I wonder why they changed the scene for video?!Despite these drawbacks,I recommend it....more info
  • thunderball
    first:this movie holds up well for a movie that dates back to 1965!
    i still say sean connery was the best bond.
    this blu-ray verson blows the dvd away!
    dr no has a higher bit rate and is the best of the bunch so far,but thunderball is right behind it pq wise.
    the audio[dtshdma]is ok not much in the surrounds but again this movie was mono in 1965.
    if you collect bond,go for it!...more info
  • And the Winner is-Thunderball!
    Unquestionably the best film in the series. A plot that centers upon nuclear hijacking is more compelling, and even more contemporary in 2008 than it was when the film was originally released. Sean Connery is at his best. The film has just the right amount of gadgetry-miniaturized homing devices, etc, without bordering on the ridiculous. The locales are exotic. Italian actor Adolfo Celli is suberb as the cruel villian Largo. And what more can be said about redhead Lucianna Palluzzi! This is the James Bond film we watch at home all the time without ever tiring of it....more info
  • Great picture and sound and a good bond movie also
    I just got this 1 disc edition of Tunderball. This movie is from 1965 and it looks and sounds from 2007. Yes it doesnt have features but who cares its all about the movie. Im going to get all the bond movies i like on these one disc editions cause they look great. The movie is a good bond flick it does feel a little slow at times but not bad. ...more info
  • look up...look down...look out for this edition!
    Thunderball is a very good Bond film, perhaps a bit overlong, but none the less, it was trying to out do the success and the excess of Goldfinger. This most recent version has undergone a great visual and audio restoration, looking and sounding better than it ever has before.

    This DVD features AC-3 5.1 surround sound, plus DTS, and original mono tracks. It also has a running audio commentary track. ... but that's all, no other features or extras, not even the original theatrical trailer.

    And this is a major dissapointment, as it is marketed and packaged to lend the impression that this is the single version of the ultimate edition found in the box set.

    It's hard to understand why MGM decided to market this, and the other single Bond titles (Goldfinger, License to kill, The spy who loved me, For your eyes only, and Goldeneye) this way.
    But it seems to be a greedy ploy, on their behalf, cheat the fans out of the special features, in order to pump up sales of the ultimate edition box sets, and later when enough complaints have deminished sales of these single disc editions, re-issue them again, as 2 disc edition, with the special features at a higher price.

    Seems to me that MGM has taken an old page out of the Universal pictures marketing book, remember when they would release a full screen, widescreen, 5.1, and DTS version of just about every major title they put out, instead of taking care of all of that with 1 edition with dual layering?

    my recommendation is either spring for the ultimate edition sets, or wait for the next generation of the single editions, that will no doubt have the special features restored.

    The 3 star review is for the lack of what SHOULD have been included, and not for the great job that was done by the restoration crew.

    So please don't be taken in by the misinformation Amazon is currently showing for this, and the other single Bond titles. ...more info
  • Lavish Underwater 007 Epic
    THUNDERBALL is one of the definitive James Bond films of the series. Sean Connery's cool approach with great aplomb as 007 yet delivered with such conviction is a highlight of the series and Connery's tenure as James Bond. The photography is just beautiful and Ken Adam's more practical yet stylistic production designs meld flawlessly into this epic. John Barry's score not only came of age but also sets the standard of what a James Bond score should sound like from here on out. It is perhaps his definitive work combining the essence of what defines James Bond the man with the aura of the larger than life world he inhabits. THUNDERBALL is one of the definitive James Bond films.
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  • Keeping track (soundtrack that is) of Thunderball
    Well, I again purchased another version of Thunderball. The Ultimate set of 40 DVD's. Volumes 1,2,3 and 4. In Volume 2, Thunderball, the fourth Bond series film from 1965 was a surprise to watch. There is different background music when Bond meets Domino underwater for the first time. If you have an earlier version of Thunderball, listen for the two different tunes. This music was never released on any soundtrack, not even the newest one with additional tracks. A real treat! There are different versions of this film from over the years with different ending music but, this was a major surprise. Enjoy!...more info
  • Excellent 007 entertainment. Not too far off the book.
    The best 007 films are those that hew reasonably closely to the Ian Fleming novels. This one does not diverge overly much, and is quite good. The Carribbean locales add extra panache and flair to what is already an interesting story.

    The film does get a little slow in the middle, but if the viewer can hang in there, it comes roaring back to a satisfying conclusion. As always, Sean Connery is THE James Bond, and he is excellent in this film. He pulls off the role with just the right combination of realism and humor; the part where he makes it with the film's female villain "for King and Country" is absolutely hilarious.

    It is great that this film will finally again be available on DVD, and all James Bond fans will be wanting this one for their enjoyment and collections....more info
  • The idea of the British Government having Big Ben strike seven times at six o'clock is brilliant...
    A NATO Vulcan Bomber carrying two atomic bombs had crashed in the Caribbean... To make a serious situation even more critical, SPECTRE then informed the British government that it had hijacked the plane's cargo... Unless a ransom of °Í100 million was paid in seven days, a major city in England or the US would be destroyed...

    M16 called in all its top agents, but only one had a lead: James Bond... With four days to go, 007 flew to the Bahamas, where a femme fatale, a beautiful avenger, and a big game predator fish collector, a tough Italian mafia type posing as a millionaire adventurer in Nassau, called Emilio Largo awaited him... Largo (Adolpho Celi) is actually the ruthless one-eyed SPECTRE No. 2, who can easily turn from charmer to killer when SPECTRE business is at stake...

    Fiona Volpe's introduction while wearing a sheer neglig®¶e in Derbal's (Paul Stassino) bedroom was definitely an early highlight of "Thunderball." Luciana Paluzzi is a very sexy ruthless villain... Definitely one of the better female characters in the series...

    Bond appears to be a bit cavalier at times--spending far too much time bedding one conquest after another--when duty calls, he responds quickly and decisively... After three films, the 007 character has been established... Now, it's time for Bond to have a little fun--as shown in the scene where he consumes Conch Chowder, Beluga Caviar and Dom Perignon '55, or the scene in the French chateau where he kills SPECTRE's agent and takes time to throw flowers on the body or the scene in Shrublands where he discovers the body of a NATO aerial observer and steals a bit of fruit as he leaves... Touches like these set "Thunderball" apart from other Bond movies...

    With ingenious gadgets provided by Q, wonderful underwater sequences, great special visual effects (rewarded with an Oscar), nice music score, and exotic scenery, the film remains as a lavish tropical paradise where sandy beaches, coral reefs and bikinis prevailed... The viewer suddenly gets a tremendous sense of the tropics, of carefree vacations, cool tropical drinks, and moonlights romance...

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  • Spectacular Underwater James Bond Epic
    This film somehow sums up a feeling of nostalgia and endearment for the way it engulfed audiences, myself included, into the wonderful world of James Bond. Sean Connery did it with such effortless and natural charm and aplomb like no other. He's a tough and resourceful blunt instrument with a level of intelligence sophistication still impressive to this day. The world of THUNDERBALL is elegant where the villains live an opulent style of life which is a veneer for their sinister plans. In a bit of irony James Bond lives in that same world and he is up to the challenge to foil whatever mayhem they concoct.

    After a one-film hiatus SPECTRE returns. So has Sean Connery as he was finally groomed to perfection as the definitive screen incarnation of James Bond in GOLDFINGER. Terence Young is also back as director. However, he seems to have been influenced over the fine-tuning that Guy Hamilton brought to the main character and overall tone of GOLDFINGER. Due to that film's success Young seems to be floundering here being diverted from his vision of the character that he helped bring to the screen. Young is 180 degrees from being the auteur he envisioned himself to be.

    The film seems loosely constructed and leisurely acted. Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo looks the part but he never seems a real threat to Bond. In fact he seems to lose every encounter with Bond whether it be at the gambling tables or engaging in idle banter on the merits of women vs. guns. Bond outdoes him in skeet shooting without even looking at the target.

    What makes the film very memorable is John Barry's rich score and Lamar Boren's beautiful and colorful underwater photography. The two went hand in hand. I also thought the villains' plot to hijack a Vulcan jet was extremely well filmed and executed.

    This film has always been a favourite with diving and snorkeling enthusiasts and underwater photographers as well. The beautiful ballet like underwater scenes composed of aqua, blue and orange colors are just mesmerizing. ...more info
  • An Ambitious Bond Film based on Fleming's Novel
    This is one of the few Bond films that actually adapted a good portion of its story from the Ian Fleming title of the same name. It was always of interest that this novel was based on an original screenplay by Fleming and others. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (George Lazenby) and CASINO ROYALE (Daniel Craig) are the only subsequent Bond films to return to Ian Fleming's novels for their basic plots.

    This film somehow sums up a feeling of nostalgia and endearment for the way it engulfed audiences, myself included, into the wonderful world of James Bond. Sean Connery did it with such effortless and natural charm and aplomb like no other. He's a tough and resourceful blunt instrument with a level of intelligence sophistication still impressive to this day. The world of THUNDERBALL is elegant where the villains live an opulent style of life which is a veneer for their sinister plans. In a bit of irony James Bond lives in that same world and he is up to the challenge to foil whatever mayhem they concoct.

    After a one-film hiatus SPECTRE returns. So has Sean Connery as he was finally groomed to perfection as the definitive screen incarnation of James Bond in GOLDFINGER. Terence Young is also back as director. However, he seems to have been influenced over the fine-tuning that Guy Hamilton brought to the main character and overall tone of GOLDFINGER. Due to that film's success Young seems to be floundering here being diverted from his vision of the character that he helped bring to the screen. Young is 180 degrees from being the auteur he envisioned himself to be.

    The film seems loosely constructed and leisurely acted. Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo looks the part but he never seems a real threat to Bond. In fact he seems to lose every encounter with Bond whether it be at the gambling tables or engaging in idle banter on the merits of women vs. guns. Bond outdoes him in skeet shooting without even looking at the target.

    What makes the film very memorable is John Barry's rich score and Lamar Boren's beautiful and colorful underwater photography. The two went hand in hand. I also thought the villains' plot to hijack a Vulcan jet was extremely well filmed and executed. This is a very ambitious film combing elements of the literary James Bond with the refinements made for the cinematic version of Ian Fleming's creation....more info
  • Thunderball just isn't a good film. Period.
    Any way you slice the pie, Thunderball is a lard-encrusted, margarine-filled meal of empty calories. It is a bloated mess with a pompous performance by Connery, its only saving grace a towering budget and an excellent John Barry score.

    Compare T-ball to Goldfinger, which has marvelous twists, one liners, genuinely suspenseful moments and is a very cleverly plotted little film. Connery has fun with the role.

    Thunderball starts out with a goofy opening scene which climaxes with an ultra-cheesy blue-sceen jet pack (lame). We are then treated to what is undoubtadly the best sequence in the film, the inner sanctum of Spectre. But from there it is a long, drawn-out Tom Clancy style "thriller" that plods along to one overextended sequence to another. The film is a total bore. It's so dull I don't even want to write about it any more....more info
  • Thunderball
    I'm not sure how it's never happened, but I've never seen a James Bond film. I didn't see any of them. I've heard of them of course, but finally while walking in a local library...I stumbled on this one and figured why not. Well, for my first James Bond experience I was pretty satisfied. It's a decent spy film, with some good action scenes and Sean Connery's burning charisma.
    The film is very entertaining (enough for 5 stars), but I'm giving it four stars for two reasons. (A) The film is too long. It's only 2 hours and 12 minutes, but there are times it seems to be much longer. The film has a lot of action sequences, but it still kind of drifts off into being dull at times. (B) There's a scene at the end where Bond is forced to jump off a boat with a woman and a man. They all get off the boat and a plane drops a small raft down to them. Bond and the girl get on it, but the man has disappeared. A little odd. But, anyway. The movie opens nicely with James Bond getting in a fight and escaping on a jet pack. If you have a spy movie, it has to open with a bang. Anyway, the plot revolves around an organization called SPECTRE hijacking a NATO plane with two atomic warheads; James Bond is, of course, sent to retrieve them. Bond travels to a tropical island called Nassau, gets cozy with a few women, and then meets Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) a high ranking agent of SPECTRE. He also meets his bond girl Domino (Claudine Auger), who happens to be with Emilio. Of course, in the film, Bond survives numerous murder attempts and even is forced to swim in a shark-filled pool at one time. The movie is pretty over-the-top (you can see some moments here that inspired the Austin Powers films); It's heavy on sexual innuendo (and no, I'm not complaining); The Bond girls are pretty hot. For an action movie it's pretty good. It has it's flaws, but you'll be entertained for the most part. Besides, if you're familar with the James Bond series you should know what you're in for anyway.

    GRADE: B+
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  • james bond thunder with blu-ray
    If you like James bond and you are collector you must have them on blu-ray the picture quality and sound are great you will not be disappointed. Trust me on this. ...more info
  • "Thunderball"-Blu-Ray Edition
    I loved the image,and sound quality,first rate!I did notice an error left by those that transferred the film to Blu-Ray;a small gate hair near the bottom of the frame in one scene,it shakes back and forth,and is black,in color!The bonus features compliment the film,but no deleted scenes/test scenes are included,and the film itself is the regular theatrical version,not an extended,expanded,longer,version.The end credits are faded out as always,before you get to see the following:'THE END OF "THUNDERBALL",BUT JAMES BOND WILL RETURN IN,"YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE",I recall seeing a longer version of this movie at the cinema long ago,and the part where the man was thrown into the shark pool lasted longer,and was very bloody!I wonder why they changed the scene for video?!Despite these drawbacks,I recommend it....more info
  • thunderball
    first:this movie holds up well for a movie that dates back to 1965!
    i still say sean connery was the best bond.
    this blu-ray verson blows the dvd away!
    dr no has a higher bit rate and is the best of the bunch so far,but thunderball is right behind it pq wise.
    the audio[dtshdma]is ok not much in the surrounds but again this movie was mono in 1965.
    if you collect bond,go for it!...more info
  • And the Winner is-Thunderball!
    Unquestionably the best film in the series. A plot that centers upon nuclear hijacking is more compelling, and even more contemporary in 2008 than it was when the film was originally released. Sean Connery is at his best. The film has just the right amount of gadgetry-miniaturized homing devices, etc, without bordering on the ridiculous. The locales are exotic. Italian actor Adolfo Celli is suberb as the cruel villian Largo. And what more can be said about redhead Lucianna Palluzzi! This is the James Bond film we watch at home all the time without ever tiring of it....more info
  • dvd queen
    I bought this as a gift for my dad. we love the james bond movie collection....more info
  • my old copy on vhs was better
    I love Thunderball, but if you're buying this to get better picture quality, I'd reconsider. I have this movie on vhs and the picture and color quality were far superior. This is a crucial consideration with Thunderball, as it is probably the Bond movie that features the most vibrant and beautiful colors.You could almost turn off the volume, and watch it as a travel video. It makes you feel like you're in Nassau(or, at least, wish you were). Maybe it's just me, but I don't like the picture on this dvd nearly as much as my old vhs copy.
    As for the movie itself, though, it is one of my favorite Bonds. It has a couple of the best fist fights in the entire series.Some of the coolest moments in Bond history are here, as well. For example, when he harpoons that guy to the tree, we are talking about the sort of moment that made Bond what he is today. Or, even better, when he's about to be shot, and he pulls the evil lady in the way and allows her to take the bullet, he pretty much puts the final nail in the coffin of chivalry. Epic stuff.He smoked, and drank, and loved red meat, and ladies with hour-glass shapes, and he made no apology for any of it. I've liked several of the various Bonds, but, for pure machismo, Connery has to be at the top. Think about it-if James Bond had to fight Rambo, which Bond would stand the best chance? My money would be on this one....more info
  • Get the Ultimate Edition
    This DVD was like that old stereotype of Chinese meals: half an hour later you're hungry again.

    In this case, the restoration is wonderful and the watchability of the film itself is great. However, when it's done, you have a great curiosity about all sorts of production elements, alluded to in the two separate commentary tracks furnished with this edition.

    So, get the "ultimate edition" to learn more about this film.

    As to the movie itself, it brings the commericial and cultural success of "Goldfinger" into the next level. Other reviewers here have alluded to "self-parody" and really intolerable sexism.

    What can one say? They're absolutely right. It is awful for its sexism, sexual aggression and cliche, especially in hindsight.

    If we know those traits for what they are, and reject them in the "here and now," are we intelligent enough to cull the better aspects of this film?

    In any event, if you want more information about it, get the two-disk issue.

    If you want less, don't buy it....more info
  • The greatest Bond?
    While many rank GOLDFINGER as the best Bond ever, THUNDERBALL has always been my favorite. To me it had all the Bond ingredients (gadgets, lots of sharks, the Aston Martin, scuba diving, gorgeous babes & plenty of action) as well as a cohesive plot. Spectre remains one of the most formidable villains in Bond history, even after all these years.

    The underwater brawl between the Spectre divers and the Navy(?) divers remains a classic climactic scene in all of the Bond movies. I'm just guessing that they were Navy (SEALS?) as usually Army guys are not trained in scuba operations.

    Connery's final Bond movie, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, was more-or-less a remake of THUNDERBALL. There were a few variations here & there, but the basic plotline & many of the elements remained the same. This goes to show just how enduring THUNDERBALL was to the Connery Bond movies....more info
  • Saddled with age and parody
    Bad guys steal a couple of nukes from the French. Bond has to find them. So much for the plot.

    The most striking thing about this film is how badly it has aged. For one thing, parody has taken its toll. When Mike Myers's mined the 007 films for his "Austen Powers" series, Thunderball made for a most generous lode. From evil genius Emilio Largo's pet cat (turned hairless for Powers) to the shark-filled swimming pool (just add lasers) to the death-dealing chairs (substitute flames for electricity and voila!) the movie is already a parody of itself. Add to this Bond's brutal sexism -- the scene in which he forces an uninterested female doctor to kiss him is truly retch-inducing - and you have a real embarrassment. I recently watched this on a school trip with a bunch of teens and felt, in spite of the PG rating, that this film was a much more problematic movie than the R-rated "Blood Diamonds."

    Whateverr. Enjoy the film for its anachronistic war of the sexes and for the quite silly (to modern eyes) evil twists. Also, watch for bizarre plot holes. In one scene, Bond is dallying with one of his lady loves. A bad guy sneaks up off camera. Bond quickly pulls out a spear gun and skewers the poor man to a tree. Then he and the lady just walk off, leaving the corpse to...whom exactly? And the poor drowned devils who died when their plane sank in the Caribbean? In spite of the prevalent sharks, they are quite well-preserved when Bond finds them a week later. Cheers!...more info
  • Thunderball
    Movie was delivered in a timely manner. Quality of DVD is excellent.
    An excellent upgrade for an older Bond film. Recommend purchase.
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  • The Thunderball Phenomenon: Skip the Special Edition for the 2-Disc Ultimate Edition
    In the wake of the enormous success of GOLDFINGER, THUNDERBALL became one of the most anticipated films in cinema history. "Bondmania" was at a fever pitch in the 1960s and that lended a certain air of confidence to the cast and crew. By Bond's fourth adventure, everyone was assured of success and everything was done on the largest scale possible. THUNDERBALL is often regarded, along with GOLDFINGER, as one of the better Bond films. It contains all of the elements of a good Bond flick at a time when Bond was not tired or clich®¶d. Bond's fourth adventure finds him taking to the sea, culminating in some of the most spectacular underwater fight footage ever recorded. And with Terence Young once again taking the director's chair after his temporary hiatus, the audience and the film is in good hands.

    After the opening "gun barrel" sequence, re-shot for the first time in widescreen format with Sean Connery playing the part, we are greeted with the opening pre-credits "teaser." Audiences loved GOLDFINGER's teaser and the producers knew that they would have to arise to the occasion. We find Bond in France discreetly attending the funeral of Colonel Jacques Bouvar, SPECTRE's Number Six, who we learn is personally responsible for the death of two of Bond's colleagues. Thanks to Bond's sharp eyes, he determines that the Colonel has faked his own death and Bond makes it a priority to finish the job personally. After a brutal fight sequence, Bond strangles Bouvar and escapes using a jet pack. The Bell Rocket Belt used was a functioning jet pack, capable of a flight time of twenty one seconds. The scene is spectacular, all the more so because of the real jet pack. Bond makes his way to his waiting Aston Martin DB5 (first seen in GOLDFINGER) and prevents his enemies from reaching him with the use of rear-firing water canons--a new feature of the DB5. The water rushes over the screen and seamlessly morphs into the opening credits. Maurice Binder serves up a great title sequence featuring the naked silhouettes of female swimmers being chased by armed scuba divers. The colors are rich and vibrant and maintain the visual themes of the previous title sequences. Tom Jones belts out the title track, containing some awkward lyrics about our protagonist. I suppose it's hard to work Thunderball into song lyrics, leaving us only with "He strikes...like Thunderball."

    The plot of the film is, once again, larger than life and would end up being a frequently copied and parodied theme. SPECTRE, this time represented by one-eyed Number Two, Monsieur Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi), has managed to penetrate NATO forces and hijack two nuclear missiles. SPECTRE threatens to destroy two cities if NATO does not agree to cough up 280 million. It is described as SPECTRE's most ambitious project to date. Blofeld makes his second appearance, though once again we cannot see his face, in a secret French lair. The set is wonderful, containing a long table with all of SPECTRE's top officials present. Here we meet Numbers Seven, Ten, Five (obviously, they have replaced the previous Number Five of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE), Nine, and Eleven. We also get a sense of the range of SPECTRE's activities (blackmail, assassination, crime consultation, and narcotics) and also the brutal efficiency of Number One, who kills Number Nine on suspicion of embezzlement. It is a sign to all those present of what the consequences of failure are. Number Two must not fail in his NATO plans!

    The first part of the film is filled with wonderful espionage as we learn how SPECTRE has penetrated NATO security. The actual hijacking of the missiles is spectacular. After SPECTRE has transmitted its demands to Britain, MI6 is called into action to find those missiles at all costs. All of the 00 agents are called in on this one and sent to different parts of the world to try and discover the hiding place before it is too late. Bond asks to be reassigned to Nassau because he believes he has a lead on the case, stemming from his experiences early on in the film. Of course, his instincts are correct and soon Bond finds himself playing a game of cat and mouse with Emilio Largo, who is all to aware of who Bond is and what he intends to do. What follows is a terrific storyline in which Bond inches his way closer to Largo's operation to discover the villain's secrets, with all of the destruction, love-making, and mayhem that entails.

    Many have complained that THUNDERBALL is too long (at 130 minutes) and that the last half hour of the film is incredibly slow. Shot entirely underwater, the last bit of the film can seem long due to the slow movement of underwater action. But I do not think its pace suffers at all. I can remember seeing the film on television and thinking that it was a bit dull. But with the enhanced sound of the score pushing the beautifully restored images of the Ultimate Edition, I believe these sequences shine. They truly look spectacular and it is certainly the most ambitious underwater fight sequence I've ever seen. A seemingly endless supply of divers swim from all angles, launching an equally endless supply of harpoons at each other. The underwater images are surprisingly clear and we can honestly say that we haven't seen anything quite like it before (or since). Bond breaks new ground here and I think the action is as suspenseful as ever. In fact, the lack of sound underwater (besides the score) can actually increase the tension of the moment, in a manner reminiscent of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, produced three years later).

    Connery, once again, is impeccable as Bond. Reunited with director Terence Young, whom many say is the real inspiration for Bond's class and sophistication, Connery plays the role with a renewed sense of vigor and style. I particularly enjoyed the increasing chemistry between Q (Desmond Llewelyn) and Connery. If they were slightly antagonistic in GOLDFINGER, they are thoroughly annoyed with each other here. Q is back with a host of new gadgets suited to the underwater nature of the film: a homing device pill that Bond can swallow, a watch that doubles as a Geiger counter, a waterproof camera that doubles as a Geiger counter, a mini signal flare, and a small rebreather (capable of giving Bond an extra few minutes of air underwater in a pinch). Bond is fitted with these devices in the field and, naturally, they all get put to use before the film is out.

    The Bond girls in THUNDERBALL are some of the most beautiful Bond girls of all. Former Miss France, Claudine Auger, plays the main role of Domino Derval, an absolutely stunning beauty who proves to be both elegant and athletic. Her beauty and grace remind me of Audrey Hepburn. She is everything a Bond girl can hope to be. Opposite her is the film's female protagonist, femme fatale Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi), a deadly girl who seduces Bond (or is it Bond who seduces her?). Unfortunately, their play is not long lived, for the girl capable of stopping traffic with her beauty is also capable of stopping bullets--particularly when Bond throws her deliberately into their path! Also of Bond girl note is Bond's assistant, Paula Caplan, played by Martine Beswick. Bond fans will remember her as first appearing in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE as Zora the gypsy dancer.

    Our villain Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi), for my tastes, is a bit bland. Perhaps it is because he seems merely SPECTRE's pawn, but Largo seems to lack the necessary evil of his predecessors. Of course, he is evil. But he is out for blackmail money and doesn't seem personally invested in the affair other than to generate profit for SPECTRE. Besides his personal shark pool and his excellent taste for women, there really isn't much going for him. Indeed, Bond's immediate threats in this film seem to revolve around the dangers of being underwater--hand grenades used as depth charges, killer sharks, and an army of henchmen armed with powerful harpoons--rather than from menacing villains and uniquely skilled henchmen. Whatever the case, THUNDERBALL still manages to be a roaring success and the action is still quite good. It won't be the last time that the evil villains are left a little underdeveloped.

    All in all, I believe THUNDERBALL is one of the best of the Bond series. Connery is fantastic in his role, Terence Young's directing is superb, the women are some of the most beautiful we have seen yet, and the action breaks new ground in special effects. Make sure that you get the 2-disc Ultimate Edition set. The Ultimate Edition, like all of these releases, is absolutely wonderful. The DTS sound is amazing and really bring the action and John Barry's terrific score to life. The picture is amazing and blows the old television and DVD releases out of the water (I had to say it). Plus, it is packed with extras, including a "Making of" documentary, a documentary about the "Thunderball Phenomenon" created by the film, and a 45 minute television production released at the time exploring "The World of James Bond." I highly recommend it to any Bond fan or anyone interested in classic action pictures. THUNDERBALL holds up well to the test of time.
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  • THE BEST OF JAMES BOND
    I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A JAMES BOND FAN AND THIS BEING ONE OF THE FIRST IS A MUST HAVE DVD!!!!!...more info
  • Thunderball Strikes Big!
    SPECTRE is back, and 007 has got'em. This time SPECTRE plots to steal two atomic bombs and hold the world for ransom (a situation still very real for the world today). A bit underrated by some James Bond movie fans, but I think it just gets better with age. Sean Connery's personal favorite! Still has the right stuff as James Bond. Has by far the best looking bevy of Bond girls ever to grace the silver screen! Claudine Auger, is my Bond Dream Girl as good-girl Domino. Lucianna Paluzzi, lusciously evil as the first true Bond femme-fatale! Adolpho Celi, a scary and most formidable opponent. Awesome production values, classic witicisms ("I think he got the point"), spectacular underwater action, and another classic John Barry score make this Bond effort a total splash!
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  • Classic Bond
    This might not be the greatest Bond movie of all time (Though I'd say it's in the top three), but it most assuredly has the most breath-taking women. They've never found anyone hotter than Claudine Auger in all the rest of the Bond Movies, and as far as villians go, Luciana Paluzzi, wow,
    if your going to be killed I guess sleeping with her before wouldn't be the worst way to go.

    As for the movie, great story, great action, classic Bond....more info
  • Love below the waves....and those pesky ICBMs!
    Thunderball is a terrific Bond film. The Cold-war scenario depicted here of a rogue, master-mind criminal steals nuclear bombs and threatens the world in return for fabulous sums of cash is classic. The location of most of this film, Nassau, is gorgeous and so are the Bond girls! The underwater chases and battles are excellent, if a little drawn out. There's tons of cool gadgets and intrigue and sharks and 'spolsions! Get it, see it, live it! ...more info
  • BEWARE! Underwater battle edited.
    The underwater battle in this DVD is a clipped version of the original. Several shots have been excised from the last third of the sequence. This is very noticeable due to the change in the music. I compared it with my old VHS tape and the version on this supposedly definitive version has been edited....more info
  • Thunderball a go go
    This is one of the best 007 movies ever made. It has it all!! It has also been wonderfully restored to the original quality. If your like me and love the old cars and motorcycles from the '60's you'll love seeing these as well....more info
  • Thunderball- Sean Connery
    Sean Connery at his best Bond!as if anyone could ever do a better Bond?...more info
  • Great remake!
    Great remake of Thunderball! I was excited to see that the are finally releasing 007 individually. I never wanted to spend the 100.00 to buy a box set. And this way, I don't have to own a copy of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service!"...more info
  • Very well done Bond Movie
    This movie represented another good old fashion Bond style. It continued with the Bond theme that started in Dr. No but swayed away in Goldfinger when Bond abandoned Sector for the sake of a one villain rather than an organization. Movie well done, exciting and an excellent Sean Connery Performance....more info
  • Shedding some light on all these new Bond versions
    I give all the Connery films 5 stars, but that's a topic for another discussion.

    What I wanted to do was to offer some clarification on all these "new" versions. (Maybe this is already common knowledge, but here goes anyway.) I recently bought the new "widescreen" version of Thunderball, and also the 2-disc Ultimate version of You Only Live Twice, (which only seems to be for sale by Amazon Marketplace sellers).

    The 2-disc single-movie offerings by Amazon Marketplace sellers are from the new "Ultimate" box sets that the sellers are breaking up and selling off as individual movies. These each come in a slim case with 2 discs (1 for the movie, and 1 for the special features).

    The "widescreen" versions (of which only Goldfinger, Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, License to Kill, and Goldeneye are currently available) come in a regular-size case, and the disc is the same as disc #1 from the Ultimate sets (in other words, you get the restored movie, but no special features except an optional commentary track). My Thunderball DVD came with an insert that pictured all 20 DVDs, and indicated that the rest will be coming soon.

    The cover artwork is almost identical for these 2 versions. For easy identification, on the 1-disc regular-case DVDs, the bottom panel gray/black montage has the white words "James Bond" along with a crest, while the 2-disc movies taken from the Ultimate box sets have that plus the words "Ultimate Edition" in gold.

    A few days ago, I saw a review of either the widescreen Thunderball or Goldfinger DVD where the reviewer complained that there were no special features included. That's because all the features (except optional in-movie commentary) are packed on the 2nd disc (which is only in the Ultimate package).

    So, if you just want specific movies, without having to buy a whole box set, you can save yourself some money by choosing these "widescreen" versions which Amazon is selling for $10-12 (as long as you don't need the special features). Otherwise, you'll need to pony up $20+ per movie to the Marketplace sellers....more info
  • Simpler days
    This Bond script writing is average to above average and the film has interesting leading and supporting performances (stereotyped, of course). Good technical support and development for the day. Viewers who enjoy the genre will enjoy this film. Spoofs CIA and MI6 in simpler days!...more info
  • Classic James Bond has never looked as good! Flawless Quality.
    I was somewhat reluctant to buy this particular version of "Thunderball" when I noticed that the specifications on the rear sleeve of the DVD packaging listed the running time at 125 minutes. As most James Bond enthusiasts are probably aware, the original running time of this film is 130 minutes (one of the longer Bond movies.) I was reasonably concerned. Was I about to purchase an incomplete version? I decided to take a chance and get it, as it is one of the more enjoyable entries in the Bond series. When I checked the actual run time on the display on my DVD player, my worries were laid to rest. The film is fully complete at 130 minutes and not 125 minutes as the packaging indicates. The packaging is wrong. Now, in regards to the movie itself: This newly digitally remastered version (released on Feb. 6, 2007) is incredibly stunning. The picture quality is absolutely gorgeous and the clarity is amazing. This film looks like it was shot last week instead of 42 years ago. The sound options include Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround, and naturally it sounds fantastic. As far as picture and sound quality, this is impeccable. It just doesn't get much better. When originally released in 1965, this fourth entry in the James Bond series suffered from comparison to its two admittedly superior predecessors, "From Russia with Love" and "Goldfinger". However, time has proved it to be one of the stronger and more watchable movies in the Bond library and vastly superior to the remaining Sean Connery outings that followed, "You Only Live Twice" -which I still happen to enjoy- and the lackluster "Diamonds Are Forever". With Connery in top form as 007 and assured direction by Terence Young, "Thunderball" is a solid effort that no true Bond fan should be without. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. As with the other Bond re-releases, this newly remastered 'ultimate edition' has undergone a painstaking frame by frame restoration and looks and sounds superb. If you are a fan of classic James Bond, you can buy this DVD without reluctance or regret. ...more info
  • A True Bond Classic!
    OK, so I've seen maybe half of the Bond films, and so far, this is one of my favorites. It is very stylish, very action packed, and the plot is just a ton of fun. Connery plays Bond to perfection in this film. Showing off his dark, yet incredibly humorous persona like a true pro. As far as plot, this is much like many other Bonds, with an evil rich guy, a shark, and a bunch of evil henchman, "we're going to take over the world!!" ha ha. Overall, if you love Bond, and love good movies, you will love this. ...more info
  • Far Up! Far Out! Bond Is Back in Good Form
    THUNDERBALL is one of my favorite James Bond films. The picture on this re-mastered DVD is excellent. The audio is superb. They keep finding different prints of THUNDERBALL. This is yet another version I have never seen. The music for the underwater of introduction of Domino is completely different from anything I have ever heard before either in the film or any of the soundtracks. This music can only be found on the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. If you listen to the original monophonic track it is still the original music that has always been present. That seems rather unbelievable but another reviewer noticed it too. The film is outstanding and the audio commentary especially with Peter Hunt is very revealing and informative. It was quite an effort to get this film finalized and a lot of ingenuity and skill was employed with editing, visual and sound effects and music to get the film completed. The cinematography and dialogue are excellent. This is one of my favorite James Bond films.
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