Flashback Review: January 4th, 2014 Movie – 007: Thunderball

007-4 thunderballContinuing on with another Bond film. I will never get tired of the Bond series. If I happen to walk in when one is playing, I will sit down and finish watching it. Thunderball has always been a fun film to watch. The settings plus all the underwater scenes just make this an incredible movie.

The plot: While recovering from a mission, Bond uncovers a plot to steal two nuclear warheads. The evil organization SPECTRE plans on using them to blackmail the entire world. Bond finds himself travelling to Nassau, where he is partnered with the beautiful Domino and CIA’s Felix Leiter, while confronting SPECTRE’s agent Emilio Largo aboard his ship, the Disco Volante. Can Bond manage to save the world from SPECTRE’s scheme?

When Thunderball came out, Connery was at the height of his fame for 007. The budgets for the movies were starting to get bigger which meant that the effects would be better. This could be seen in a lot of the underwater scenes where they were so accurate, it was almost unbelievable to believe that it was filmed in the 60’s. The gadgets for Bond were also bigger and better. You have the jetpack that he uses in the opening scene and the super tricked out car in Nassau. This is probably the first “gadget” film in the Bond series.

This isn’t my favorite film but it is still a solid film to watch in the series. Sean Connery pretty much had Bond down to a science by this point. You honestly felt that Connery really was Bond. The rest of the supporting cast was ok although Adolfo Celi was great. He portrayed dual roles with his villainous Largo; both as the #2 henchman to the head of SPECTRE, and as the lead villain in the campaign against Bond. The underwater scenes in the film were great while the jokes were just ok.

I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad Bond movie but regardless, this is a fun movie to watch.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5


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