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Thunderball (1965)

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James Bond heads to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.


Terence Young


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... James Bond
Claudine Auger ... Dominique 'Domino' Derval
Adolfo Celi ... Emilio Largo / SPECTRE #2
Luciana Paluzzi ... Fiona Volpe
Rik Van Nutter ... Felix Leiter
Guy Doleman ... Count Lippe
Molly Peters ... Patricia Fearing
Martine Beswick ... Paula Caplan
Bernard Lee ... 'M'
Desmond Llewelyn ... 'Q'
Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny
Roland Culver ... Home Secretary
Earl Cameron ... Pinder Romania
Paul Stassino ... Angelo Palazzi / Major François Duval
Rose Alba Rose Alba ... Madame Bouvar


James Bond continues on his fourth mission, with his aim to recover two stolen warheads. They have been taken by the evil S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization. The world is held hostage and Bond heads to Nassau, The Bahamas. Here, he meets the beautiful Domino and is forced into a thrilling confrontation with S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Emilio Largo on-board his boat, the Disco Volante. Will 007 prevent the killing of millions of innocent victims? Written by simon_hrdng

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]




English | French

Release Date:

22 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thunderball See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantis Hotel, Bahamas See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the trailer for this movie, Bond says the line, "The things I do for England." The line was cut from the final version of this movie, and then used in the next Bond movie, You Only Live Twice (1967). See more »


Bond's Aston Martin's boot (trunk) lid is clean when lifted to deposit the jet pack, but has a huge amount of dust (apparently from the landing) when seen a few seconds later in the view into the car through the rear windscreen. See more »


[first lines]
Madame LaPorte: The coffin - it has your initials: J.B.
Bond: At the moment, rather him than me.
Madame LaPorte: At least you've been saved the effort of removing him. Colonel Bouvar passed away in his sleep, so they tell me.
Bond: Mm...
Madame LaPorte: You sound disappointed you did not kill him yourself.
Bond: I am. Jacques Bouvar murdered two of my colleagues.
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Alternate Versions

The first VHS release in Germany (from 1983) was cut to secure a "Not under 12" rating. The scene where Bond kills Vargas omits the brief shot showing the latter being perforated by the harpoon arrow (the previous shot showing Bond firing the harpoon was intact). Subsequent releases until 1991 were cut even more (the fight with Bouvar, the death of Quist, the pool fight, the underwater battle, the boat fight). Since then, the film has been released uncut on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray. See more »


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Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Tom Jones
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The best classic underwater Sean Connery's Bond film my all time favorite
17 November 2017 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

This is the best Bond with Sean Connery his fourth film. It is my second favorite James Bond 007 Sean Connery film. This is my all time favorite Bond film. It has everything: great villains, awesome gadgets and beautiful women. It is Connery at his best. The first one will always be Goldfinger this one will be the second one. Underwater Bond seriously one of my favorite James Bond 007 film from Sean Connery I grew up watching this movie even as a kid. This movie is underwater Bond seriously a classic one of the best Sean Connery films ever. I love Goldfinger to death this movie in my opinion is a classic! It is really, really a good movie I have enjoy it every minute. It is a fun film I only wish it wouldn't have been so long.

Thunderball (1965) the fourth James Bond 007 film and the fourth Sean Connery film. Seriously this movie is my second favorite Sean Connery film I had a blast with this film. It is in my top 10 James Bond films.

The film follows Bond's mission to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE, which holds the world to ransom for £100 million in diamonds, in exchange for not destroying an unspecified major city in either the United Kingdom of Great Britain or the United States of America (later revealed to be Miami). The search leads Bond to the Bahamas, where he encounters Emilio Largo, the card-playing, eye patch-wearing SPECTRE Number Two. Backed by CIA agent Felix Leiter and Largo's mistress, Domino Derval, Bond's search culminates in an underwater battle with Largo's henchmen.

This movie is awesome it is real Bond film I have enjoy it. SPECTRE's Number Two has a house in which he has two poles. One pole is empty the second one has sharks in it. In which he push the button and kills one of his informants sharks eats him. You have in the beginning scene in which James Bond kills Colonel Jacques Bouvar, a SPECTRE operative.

Bond uses for a escape a jetpack. We see a jetpack in this movie. SPECTRE's Number Two and his henchmen hijack the plane and they put it right above the sharks. Movie reminds me on Deep Blue Sea I love movie about Sharks I love them. That is why this movie is so interested. Bond goes to Nassau for searching two stolen warheads. Here he meets sexy babe girl Domino Derval (Claudine Auger) in which he later reveals to her that her brother is dead and he was ordered by Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celli) to be killed now she want's revenge and she helps Bond to recover those two stolen warheads. She later kill's Largo with a harpoon. There is another girl Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) who is a SPECTRE agent and she follows James Bond around. There is another girl Paula Caplan (Martine Beswick) Bond's CIA ally.

The movie has a huge impact on me it has incredible underwater scene including climatic action packed battle between US Air Force and Largo's henchman. James Bond has much more to do then in the first two movies.

Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo SPECTRE Number Two was a bad-ass he was actually really more smart then Dr. No. He was a great villain I miss movies like this. He had a two poles one with sharks and one without it. He had a yacht and the hatchet how could they all steal nuclear warheads.

Claudine Auger as Domino Derval Bond's girl was a sexy hot beautiful babe I miss girl's like this. Bond had such a luck to find such a babe. She wanted revenge when she find out Largo killed her brother François (Paul Stassino). She was more French but areal classic babe.

Fiona Volpe's introduction while wearing a sheer negligée 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. We also see a motorcycle launching a rocket-propelled grenade to kill Lippe and it was Fiona Volpe as masked rider driving a motorcycle.

I love the sequence in which Fiona and her henchman kidnap Paula and Bond goes to SPECTRE Number Two's house to save the girl but he find's her dead. Then he flee's from his house and he battle's Largo's henchman they both fall's in to the pool in which Largo shout's the door and he let's shark's from the second pole to eat Bond and his men of course Bond kill's him and he escapes sharks.

You have a great explosion in which marines destroy the yacht. Reall practicable effects. The underwater scene really never bothered me like some other people did.

I love this flick to death it is my second favorite Sean Connery's Bond films. Sean Connery him self was a classic Bond he was really the best of this film. When he was in clinic and Nassau he was a bad-ass.

Thunderball is a 1965 British spy film and the fourth in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions.

10/10 I love this film to death even as a kid it was guilty pleasure of mine.

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