Thunderball (1965)

Thunderball finds James Bond matching wits with the sinister espionage organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E, (which stands for Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). This time, S.P.E.C.T.R.E. hijacks a NATO… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 20, 1965
DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lavishly rendered set pieces and Sean Connery's enduring charm make Thunderball a big, fun adventure, even if it doesn't quite measure up to the series' previous heights.

TIME Magazine

If Thunderball's gimmickry seems to overreach at times, Actor Connery gains assurance from film to film, by now delivers all his soppiest Jimcracks martini-dry.

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Time Out

The fourth Bond, marking the point at which spectacular hardware began to dominate the series. Sleek and quite fun all the same.

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Tim Evans
Sky Cinema

For all its flaws, it was classic Bond. And remains so.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Slightly bloated Bond, with too much technology for my taste and a climactic slaughter that's a little too mindless to be much fun.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The color is handsome. The scenery in the Bahamas is an irresistible lure. Even the violence is funny. That's the best I can say for a Bond film.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Director Terence Young never quite solves the pacing problems posed by filming underwater, but John Stears's Oscar-winning special effects more than compensate.

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Variety Staff

There's visible evidence that the reported $5.5 million budget was no mere publicity figure; it's posh all the way.

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James Berardinelli

Classic 007 -- not the best picture in the long-running series, to be sure, but a more-than-worthwhile diversion for the action-loving escapist in us all.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

Connery's last exceptional Bond as it gives 007 a competent villain, a thrilling adventure in an unusual setting, great Bond Babes and one of the series' all-time best scenes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
"...And he STRIKES!!! Like Thunderbolt!!!" (Gotta love that Tom Jones theme song) A bit overlong but still remains my personal favorite Sean… More
Chris Weber
This is the fourth entry in the James Bond series, and this timearound Bond once again finds himself squaring off against international criminal organization… More
KJ Proulx
"Thunderball" may not be a crowd favourite, but I really got a kick out of the story in this film and how well the underwater action scenes presented… More
Josh Lewis
It's easy to see why this became the most commercially successful Bond entry in the whole franchise to this day. It is the first that has the blockbuster,… More
Kase Vollebregt
Though the gadgets get too gimmicky and the climax feels like anything but, 'Thunderball' is significant because it is carried by Connery's most… More
Al S
A slickly performed and well-crafted action film. An energetic, thrilling and extremely fun movie. Connery`s Bond is slick, funny and never better or beat. It`s… More