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Thunderball
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11.20.2008 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Terrence Young

Actors:
Sean Connery
Claudine Auger
Adolfo Celi

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When an evil organization steals two nuclear bombs, Bond is called in to investigate. His findings lead him to the sister of a murdered pilot, who also happens to be the mistress of the evil mastermind.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THUNDERBALL always feels like the Bond movie you never hear about. Itís better than DR. NO, but not quite as good as FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and is lumped somewhere next to GOLDFINGER. I personally find it to be a little boring and too much of the same, but hey, thatís bond for you.

The SPECTRE organization, complete with the faceless leader and fluffy cat has been mocked way too many times over the years for it to be taken seriously nowadays. However, if you can transport back to the 60ís, Iím sure it was a cool and original take on evil that managed to be a running theme amongst several Bond films. I found the villains to be a formidable force, but this film struggled with the Bond girls. The girl I liked the most was the other agent and Bond didnít even make a run at her. A severe oversight from such a suave super agent.

The biggest problem with THUNDERBALL is the bad special effects and horrible action sequences. It started with the jetpack in the beginning, but took a turn for the worse when we had to watch a model airplane land in the ocean. Iím not a fighter pilot, but Iím pretty sure thatís not even remotely possible. Plus, they could have spent a little time making the model airplane look more realistic. As it was, it looked like something that someone made in a rush and dumped in a sink. It was a very poor effort, even for a 60ís Bond film.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Terrence Young and cast and crew: This is a montage of interviews and comments from Young and others that were involved with the film. These Bond commentaries for the older films are very specific to the time the film was made and the events occurring during that time, so I only recommend them to big fans of the film.

Commentary with Peter Hunt, John Hopkins and others The disc producer shows up again to talk about the film, disc and organize the montage of interviews. I did notice that the opening theme song was different during this track, which they briefly talked about. That was something I didnít even know existed. This is the better of the two, but the warning for the first one still applies.

Incredible World of James Bond (50:28): This appeared on TV back in the 60ís and you can tell right away. This is more of a fluff piece promoting the film, but itís still kind of neat for nostalgia sake. However, I found that it dragged on a bit

Childís Guide to Blowing up a Motor Car (16:32): Ford could use more promo videos like this these days. Itís a humorous featurette, or at least it tries to be, focusing on one of the filmís stunts. Again, cool nostalgia, but thatís about it.

Bill Suitor: The Rocket Man Movies (3:49): I thought the jet pack stunt in the beginning was almost unbearable, so Iím surprised it got its own featurette. The man responsible for the stunt is featured here and he narrates some info about it.

Thunderball Boat Show Reel (2:52): Apparently, they used the scuba fight scene to sell boats back in the day and this is the footage they showed at boat shows.

Selling Bonds (2:02): Apparently, they used the scuba fight scene to sell boats back in the day and this is the footage they showed at boat shows.

On Location with Ken Adam (13:11): This was a neat little featurette with the production designer. Basically, he talks over some home video footage shot during the filming of the film. Low on information, but it was cool nonetheless.

Making of Thunderball (27:12): There was a tiff with the screenwriter over using the story and that was actually discussed during this featurette. Everyone was polite, but I bet thereís more dirt to the story. Otherwise, this covers the entire story of Thunderball from idea to film.

The Thunderball Phenomenon (30:56): This is more about Bond than Thunderball and at this point, Iím sick of hearing about how important Bond is in todayís pop culture. I might go back and watch this one after I take a break from Bond for a while.

The Secret History of Thunderball (3:56): I guess there was more drama than I thought with Thunderball. This looks at some of the alternate takes and different scenes that have wound up in the movie since it came out. Itís pretty good, and since itís under 5 minutes, itís worth the time.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THUNDERBALL is not a bad film, I just found it to be a little dry after watching some of the other Connery films. It has a decent story and should be enough to please fans of the franchise.
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