despite the troubled production, this is a stellar outing for mr jb. solidified the template for the series. i highly encourage any large format screenings as the scale of this is on par with the other grand jb outing's: YOLT, TSWLM & SF. claudine auger absolutely sizzles as domino; best group of women amongst the franchise. +JOHN BARRY. odd fact: during the final battle, the shark getting shot was unscripted
5/10. Features a breathtaking, largely wordless atomic bomb heist in the first act ("Switch on the underwater landing lights!"), plus a few awe-inspiring sets such as SPECTRE's conference room in Paris, or the UK government's operations HQ in London. Unfortunately, a very lame middle act ensues. The final act returns with major submarine and marine action—but only at the price of major idiocy!
Thunderball has its fair share of iconic moments, and a fine performance by Sean Connery, but what could have been an exciting climax is betrayed by overlong underwater sequences and not nearly enough suspense.
the island charm infects this film and gives it a quality unlike any other Bond. Filled with so many unforgettable sights, exotic locales, a great villain, a driving plot, Young at the helm, Hunt editing, and one of John Barry's finest scores. This is what a Bond film used to be.
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.