587. Thunderball

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Title: Thunderball
Director: Terence Young
Year: 1965
Run time: 2hrs 10m

“The thrills never let up as James Bond dives into this riveting adventure filled with explosive confrontations and amazing underwater action sequences! Sean Connery brings his characteristic style, humour and magnetism to Agent 007 as he travels to Nassau to track down villainous criminal Emilio Largo, who’s threatening to plunge the world into a nuclear holocaust. From Bond’s thrilling jetpack flight to his heart-stopping clash with Largo’s killer sharks, Thunderball is a stupendous mixture of action, romance and edge-of-your-seat suspense!”

Live blog

3:09 – James Bond destroying the place during his fight scene. Not a new phenomenon then.
4:18 – The jetpack is amazing, but it’s not really subtle enough for the spying game.
9:54 – Consultation on the Great British Train Robbery. Consulting criminal.
10:18 – Also, this number business is quite like The Prisoner.
22:17 – Ooh, an actual Vulcan in action!
28:55 – “What’s the flap, Dawson?” Using that in future.
30:29 – Calling shenanigans on landing a Vulcan on the water.
34:35 – Also not totally sure you can camouflage a massive Vulcan on the seabed.
37:26 – “A sort of licensed troubleshooter.”
39:26 – Their conference room is like a work of art!
43:58 – Miss Moneypenny got told offff.
45:26 – “You swim like a man.” What the heck does that mean?
56:27 – Good idea to record your room, kinda like putting a hair across the door.
58:14 – Who keeps a pool of sharks (with frickin’ laser beams)?
59:54 – Q!!
1:08:58 – “Some men just don’t like to be taken for a ride.” A good quip, at last!! Well done James.
1:20:11 – Sacrificial henchmen.
1:23:44 – “Mr Bond, James Bond.”
1:25:00 – Love her little rant about women turning to the good side after sleeping with Bond. She must have watched the previous film!
1:35:20 – Didn’t realise I was bothered about sharks but I’m definitely on edge.
1:49:13 – The trouble with a Gieger counter is it’s not subtle and it sounds exactly like what it is, no disguising it.
1:55:32 – Is it wise to shoot things at the atomic weapon?
2:06:47 – The sped up footage looks ridiculous! Laughable!

Conclusions

I really enjoyed this one. I said Goldfinger was the best Bond film of the series up to that point, and I think this one pipped it all over again. There was, perhaps, slightly too much diving, but it was a good story, and the plane stuff was great. I didn’t quite understand all the action at the clinic – it wasn’t clear why people were after Bond when they didn’t know who he was yet. And what happened to that guy in the steam machine – is he still there?

The sharks were surprisingly eery, I didn’t know I had a thing about sharks but I was squealing a little bit in places. The Vulcan business was amazing, if slightly unbelievable, but unfortunately it all went downhill towards the end. As if the idea of a high speed boat chase wasn’t enough, they had to actually speed up the footage… so it was all a bit Benny Hill. A real let down to finish the film, but otherwise it was good stuff.

Rating: 4/5.

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