December 22nd, 1965

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James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.

Release Year: 1965

Rating: 7.0/10 (37,226 voted)

Director: Terence Young

Stars: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi

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?

Writers: Richard Maibaum, John Hopkins

Sean Connery - James Bond
Claudine Auger - Domino
Adolfo Celi - Largo
Luciana Paluzzi - Fiona
Rik Van Nutter - Felix Leiter
Guy Doleman - Count Lippe
Molly Peters - Patricia
Martine Beswick - Paula
Bernard Lee - 'M'
Desmond Llewelyn - 'Q'
Lois Maxwell - Moneypenny
Roland Culver - Foreign Secretary
Earl Cameron - Pinder
Paul Stassino - Palazzi
Rose Alba - Madame Boitier

Taglines: Look Here!* For The Biggest Bond of All! (USA poster)


Official Website: MGM |

Release Date: 22 December 1965

Filming Locations: Anet, Eure-et-Loir, France

Box Office Details

Budget: $9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $141,200,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The dictionary definition of the word "thunderball" is that it was a military term used by US soldiers to describe the mushroom cloud seen during the testing of atomic bombs. Hence its use as a title because this would be result of SPECTRE detonating the stolen atomic bombs. In a case of life imitating art, the codename for the 1976 Israeli operation to rescue hostages held in Uganda was called "Thunderball" and named after this movie.

Continuity: Domino steps on an egg spine with her right foot. When Bond takes out the spine, he does it from her left foot. During this scene, their respective positions repeatedly change between shots.

[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.

User Review

The idea of the British Government having Big Ben strike seven times at six o'clock is brilliant...

Rating: 8/10

A NATO Vulcan Bomber carrying two atomic bombs had crashed in the Caribbean… To make a serious situation even more critical, SPECTRE then informed the British government that it had hijacked the plane's cargo… Unless a ransom of £100 million was paid in seven days, a major city in England or the US would be destroyed…

M16 called in all its top agents, but only one had a lead: James Bond… With four days to go, 007 flew to the Bahamas, where a femme fatale, a beautiful avenger, and a big game predator fish collector, a tough Italian mafia type posing as a millionaire adventurer in Nassau, called Emilio Largo awaited him… Largo (Adolpho Celi) is actually the ruthless one-eyed SPECTRE No. 2, who can easily turn from charmer to killer when SPECTRE business is at stake…

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…

Bond appears to be a bit cavalier at times—spending far too much time bedding one conquest after another—when duty calls, he responds quickly and decisively… After three films, the 007 character has been established… Now, it's time for Bond to have a little fun—as shown in the scene where he consumes Conch Chowder, Beluga Caviar and Dom Perignon '55 (he once scorned), or the scene in the French château where he kills SPECTRE's agent and takes time to throw flowers on the body or the scene in Shrublands where he discovers the body of a NATO aerial observer and steals a bit of fruit as he leaves… Touches like these set "Thunderball" apart from other Bond movies…

With ingenious gadgets provided by Q, wonderful underwater sequences, great special visual effects (rewarded with an Oscar), nice music score, and exotic scenery, the film remains as a lavish tropical paradise where sandy beaches, coral reefs and bikinis prevailed... The viewer suddenly gets a tremendous sense of the tropics, of carefree vacations, cool tropical drinks, and moonlights romance…

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