James Bond continues on his fourth mission, with his aim to recover two stolen warheads. They have been taken by the evil SPECTRE organisation. The world is held hostage and Bond heads to Nassau. Here, he meets the beautiful Domino and is forced into a thrilling confrontation with SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo, on board his boat, the Disco Volante. Will 007 prevent the killing of millions of innocent victims? —IMDb
Stewart Terence Herbert Young (20 June 1915 – 7 September 1994) was a British film director best known for directing three films in the James Bond series, Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965).
Born in Shanghai, China, he was public-school educated. Like the fictional James Bond, he read oriental history at St Catharine’s College in the University of Cambridge. As a tank commander during World War II, Young participated in Operation Market Garden in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Young began his film career as a screenwriter in British films of the 1940s, working, for example, on Dangerous Moonlight (1941). In 1946, he was a co-director with Brian Desmond Hurst of Theirs is the Glory, which recaptured the fighting around Arnhem bridge. Arnhem, coincidentally, was home to the adolescent Audrey Hepburn. During the filming of Young’s film, Wait Until Dark, Hepburn and Young would joke that he was shelling his favorite star without even knowing it. Young… read more
I find the first third well-done, everything from the faked funeral prologue to the arrival of the bandaged dead man at the resort. All of it seems well-paced, well-executed, full of atmosphere. But then the film kicks into what seems to be a familiar problem for a lot of these Bonds--it becomes irretrievably bloated. (Also: boring.) The penultimate scuba battle goes on. And on. And on. And too many of the
This was a monster BO smash, and in many ways its easy to see why. Connery's most physical turn as 007, some of the most beautiful Bond girls, one of the better storylines in all Bond movies, and plenty of top notch action scenes should equal this being the best of the series; however, the pacing is completely off, primarily because the filmmakers fell too in love with underwater shooting.
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