Thunderball

Sean Connery plays his indestructible James Bond for the fourth time in the manner born, faced here with a $280 million atomic bomb ransom plot. Action, dominating element of three predecessors, gets rougher before even the credits flash on. Richard Maibaum (who coscripted former entries) and John Hopkins' screenplay [based on an original screenplay by Jack Whittingham, from the original story by Kevin McClory, Whittingham and Ian Fleming] is studded with inventive play and mechanical gimmicks. There's visible evidence that the reported $5.5 million budget was no mere publicity figure; it's posh all the way.

With:
Sean Connery Claudine Auger Adolfo Celi Luciana Paluzzi Rik Van Nutter Bernard Lee

Sean Connery plays his indestructible James Bond for the fourth time in the manner born, faced here with a $280 million atomic bomb ransom plot. Action, dominating element of three predecessors, gets rougher before even the credits flash on. Richard Maibaum (who coscripted former entries) and John Hopkins’ screenplay [based on an original screenplay by Jack Whittingham, from the original story by Kevin McClory, Whittingham and Ian Fleming] is studded with inventive play and mechanical gimmicks. There’s visible evidence that the reported $5.5 million budget was no mere publicity figure; it’s posh all the way.

Underwater weapon-carrying sea sleds provide an imaginative note, as does a one-man jet pack used by Bond in the opening sequence, reminiscent of the one-man moon vehicle utilized by Dick Tracy in the cartoon strip.

Connery is up to his usual stylish self as he lives up to past rep, in which mayhem is a casual affair.

Adolfo Celi brings dripping menace to part of the swarthy heavy who is nearly as ingenious – but not quite – as the British agent, whom, among other means, he tries to kill with man-eating sharks.

Terence Young takes advantage of every situation in his direction to maintain action at fever-pitch.

1965: Best Visual Effects (John Stears)

Thunderball

UK

Production: McClory. Director Terence Young; Producer Kevin McClory; Screenplay Richard Maibaum, John Hopkins; Camera Ted Moore; Editor Peter Hunt; Music John Barry; Art Director Ken Adam

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 130 MIN.

With: Sean Connery Claudine Auger Adolfo Celi Luciana Paluzzi Rik Van Nutter Bernard Lee

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