Eon Productions Released 1965




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Terence Young

James Bond is suddenly thrown into action when the sinister organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. steals two atomic weapons. They threaten to detonate the bombs in a major city in either the United States or Great Britain unless a ransom of 100 million pounds in diamonds is paid to them. Bond's investigation of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. leads him to the Bahamas, where the bombs are being protected by a swarm of sharks beneath near the lair of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s leader, Emilio Largo. During Bond's attempt to infiltrate Largo's well-guarded nest, he seduces three separate women: Largo's mistress, Domino, enemy spy, Fiona and fellow British agent Paula Caplan. But will Bond's numerous assignations give him the opportunity to defeat Largo's state-of-the-art security before it is too late and the bombs are detonated?


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Time Out London

    Sleek and quite fun all the same, with SPECTRE holding the world to ransom after stealing a couple of nuclear bombs, Bond almost getting his in the villain's shark-infested swimmin...

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The underwater sequences, which are choreographed and directed with great skill, are Thunderball's standout feature... Thunderball is classic 007 -- not the best picture in the lon...

  • 60

    Empire Kim Newman

    Connery [is] cruising by this point and the movie doesn't quite match the swagger of Goldfinger, but still effortlessly plies the glory Bond years, concluding with a stunning under...

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    • Production Budget - $9,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $63,600,000 (3rd)
      Worldwide Gross - $141,200,000 (2nd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $513,837,624
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,140,784,158

    • Other production companies:
      United Artists (distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      Atlantic Ocean
      Paris 16, Paris, France
      Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
      Anet, Eure-et-Loir, France
      South Harefield, Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
      Downtown, Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
      Dreux, Eure-et-Loir, France
      England, UK
      Eure-et-Loir, France
      Miami, Florida
      New Providence Island, Bahamas
      North West Shore, New Providence Island, Bahamas
      Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
      Paradise Lagoon, Paradise Island, Bahamas
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Potter's Wharf, Bahamas
      Rose Island, New Providence Island, Bahamas
      Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
      Ocala, Florida
      Northamptonshire, England
      Staniel Cay, The Exumas, Bahamas
      North Shore, New Providence Island, Bahamas
      The Exumas, Bahamas
      Paris 7, Paris, France
      South Ocean, New Providence Island, Bahamas
      West Providence Island, Bahamas

    • Taglines:
      1. Look Up! Look Down! Look Out! Here Comes The Biggest Bond Of All!
      2. Look Here!* For The Biggest Bond of All!
      3. Look Out!...Remember there is only one James Bond and Thunderball's the Biggest of them All!

    • Music:
      Written by John Barry
      Lyrics by Don Black
      Sung by Tom Jones


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