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Thunderball (1965)

Reviewed on 2010 August 23

One of the more ambitious Sean Connery Bond flicks, with lots of undersea photography and a clever plot involving stolen nuclear warheads.

After a check-up and rest period mandated by MI6, Bond (guess who) cuts his time at the spa short when he learns of a stolen British Vulcan bomber. The bomber contained two atomic bombs, and the detail involved points plainly to SPECTRE. Bond has to go to Nassau this time, only to become entangled with the soulless Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) and his companion, Domino (Claudine Auger). Of course Domino falls for James, but all Largo cares about are diamonds, and he’ll gladly use the bombs to get them.

This isn’t one of my favorite Bond movies — the sequences in the health spa were a little too hokey for me — and that’s still pretty faint criticism. Here we have the debut of what I call the cartoony henchmen aboard the Disco Volante, but even they didn’t detract from how brilliantly the bad guys heisted the plane. Domino is a smart Bond girl, even though she’s involved with Largo, and that helps too.

Three chocolate morsels. And silly as it sounds I want one of those SPECTRE rings too.


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