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James Bond: Thunderball (Ultimate Edition) (2 Discs)

Featuring: Sean Connery, Adolfo Celi & Claudine Auger

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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  LOOK UP! LOOK DOWN! LOOK OUT!

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In what was the most successful Bond film to date at the time of its release, Thunderball sees Bond (Sean Connery) take on Blofeld's criminal organisation SPECTRE in order to get back two atomic war heads that have been stolen to hold NATO and the world's governments to ransom. With this plotline comes a bigger budget and some spectacular scenes, especially the underwater battles and the theft of the nuclear warheads, yet there are times when Thunderball does drag a little compared to the previous Connery outings and some of those that follows.

Despite the fact that it drags though and that there are a few plot-holes - Bond using his mini-breather for more than four minutes for example - the film provides us with a very strong Bond storyline indeed and the build-up and theft of the missiles is a brilliant example of the great special effects in this series. The cast is also very strong, as in addition to the regulars and Connery's Bond there is brilliant Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo, the resident villain, Rik Van Nutter as Felix Leiter, the good looking Claudine Auger as Bond girl Dominque and Luciana Paluzzi who as someone below me has mentioned works very well on screen with Sean Connery.

There is no denying that the film could have been a good half-hour shorter and the ending could have been polished slightly as after such build-up and a brilliant underwater battle scene the final scenes do fell a little rushed and are not as satisfying as the previous films. That said there are some great sand-out moments in Thunderball, the underwater fight being one of them as well as Bond operating a jet pack, Bond trapped inside a sealed swimming pool and of course the aforementioned theft of the nuclear missiles. In addition to this there is also the fantastic theme tune from none other than Tom Jones, which as with Goldfinger is a belter of a tune. Thunderball may have been one of the biggest Bond films, but it certainly isn't the best. It is however a very strong addition to the series, one for the collection.

  A Somewhat Weak Effort

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By this outing Connery had mastered the role of 007 and had made it his own. This meant upon it's release it may have been seen as a triumph once more. However, if one was to watch it alongside both his and all the other Bonds (in a bank holiday Bondathon for example) it becomes clear that it struggles to keep pace with both his and other's portrayals of Bond.

It saunters along at a fairly plain speed thankfully peppered with a few one liners to keep the more jovial Bond fan amused. It flirts with the farcical (underwater fight) and suffers from too much padding - it could have been a good 15 mins shorter.

The story is however fairly good and so i can't help but feel that had this been left in the Moore (apologies on the pun) capable hands - a few extra one liners here and a raising of the eye brow there - then it maybe have been rather more enjoyable. For Connery's best moments stick to Goldfinger and From Russia With Love.

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  BIGGER BUT NOT BETTER !

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Connery takes to the sea in the epic underwater adventure. The thrills never stop as Bond goes above the call of duty, and below the sea. To track down a villanious criminal who's holding millions hostage and threatening to plunge the world into nuclear holocaust ! From the start of the film, you can tell this is going to be a much bigger movie than the previouse outing. The stealing of the nuclear warheads is excellently staged. But the film does get bogged down in the middle. as usual Connery is brilliant. and the exotic settings are perfect.but this is a slight step back from the excellence of From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. It's as if the films budget has taken over, but they missed the some of the plot. This is still a very good movie, and better than anything Roger Moore ever did !

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  BIGGER BUT NOT BETTER !

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Connery takes to the sea in the epic underwater adventure. The thrills never stop as Bond goes above the call of duty, and below the sea. To track down a villanious criminal who's holding millions hostage and threatening to plunge the world into nuclear holocaust ! From the start of the film, you can tell this is going to be a much bigger movie than the previouse outing. The stealing of the nuclear warheads is excellently staged. But the film does get bogged down in the middle. as usual Connery is brilliant. and the exotic settings are perfect.but this is a slight step back from the excellence of From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. It's as if the films budget has taken over, but they missed the some of the plot. This is still a very good movie, and better than anything Roger Moore ever did !

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  Fourth Bond film isn't as lively as the first three...

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"Thunderball", the fourth James Bond film, was the first made from the position of the character having become a cultural phenomenon following "Goldfinger". In many ways, it is a transitional Bond film, with one foot in the world of Ian Fleming and the other in the realm of the spectacular epics that we now associate with Bond.

"Thunderball" is wonderful stuff, one of the most atmospheric of all the Bonds. John Barry's underwater music is dramatic and menacing, the Nassau locations look absolutely ravishing and Connery still looks the business. Compared with the lean efficiency of the previous three Bonds, however, "Thunderball" collapses slightly under its own weight. The story meanders and the film is too long, running out of steam long before the end.

Luciana Paluzzi is fantastic as the bad girl, though. Her scenes with Sean Connery positively crackle.

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  Great Entertainment

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The Bond formula was established by now and even if Thunderball doesn't reach the impossibly high standards set by Goldfinger its still great entertainment with a lavish setting and great action. Unfortunately the R2 DVD has a mastering error in the scene with the shark. The water should turn red. R1 is correctly mastered

  Brilliant

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If ever you buy one Bond DVD, make it this one - it has everything! The pace doesn't slacken, there are many trademark BUMPS - and the villain Largo is exceptional.

There are many action scenes - the most memorable being the denouement aboard the out of control Disco Volante. And as for John Barry's memorable score - it's fabulous! You must also own the CD soundtrack - it's also beautiful, mesmerising, exciting, and menacing.

I give this famous film 20 out of 10. Exceptional!