Thunderball (1965)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller

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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.

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9 May 2009 | bkoganbing
| Sending In Their Best
After saving Fort Knox from an atomic explosion in Goldfinger, James Bond has not one, but two atomic bombs to deal with in Thunderball. Sean Connery also gets to spend a good deal of time in the beautiful waters of the Bahamas where arch SPECTRE villain Adolfo Celi has made off with one of them to use on Miami Beach.

If this sounds familiar the story was done again and by Sean Connery as James Bond in his last Bond film, Never Say Never Again. Only there the story was shifted to the Mediterranean. Who knows if current James Bond, Daniel Craig will do this one yet again.

Celi who is the current number 2 in SPECTRE the infamous third echelon has hijacked a British Vulcan bomber and stolen the two nukes on board. He's issued a demand for payment from the NATO countries to be paid in uncut diamonds or he'll use them on a couple of American or British targets with large populations. Of course the governments of both are ready to shell out to save casualties in the potential millions, but not without sending in their best to stop SPECTRE which means 007.

Two women became Bond girls in Thunderball, good girl Claudine Auger and bad girl Luciana Paluzzi. Paluzzi is one of Celi's assassins as good at her job as Connery is in his. The sexual tension between the two of them crackles even as she's trying to kill him.

Thunderball has some great underwater cinematography as the forces of SPECTRE battle the US Coast Guard and James Bond on the ocean floor as SPECTRE tries to take the bomb into Miami Beach harbor. In fact all the Bond films are noted for that, even the disastrous first Casino Royale.

You couldn't deny that James Bond was keeping Sean Connery's name in front of the movie going public. He wanted so badly to make a reputation for himself in non-Bond roles. Eventually he did, but it was a struggle.

Made comfortable by the money and box office drawing power that films like Thunderball were giving him.

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