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Thunderball [Blu-ray] [1965]


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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Adolfo Celi, Claudine Auger, Luciana Paluzzi, Rik van Nutter
  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CRRALW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The fourth in the James Bond series, with Sean Connery once again in the title role. Global criminal organisation SPECTRE has stolen two nuclear bombs and is threatening to blow up the world. Bond infiltrates the terrorists' underwater base off the Bahamas in order to foil their plan. 'Thunderball' was remade in 1983 when Sean Connery returned to the role of 007 in 'Never Say Never Again'.

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James Bond's fourth adventure takes him to the Bahamas, where a NATO warplane with a nuclear payload has disappeared into the sea. Bond (Sean Connery) travels from a health spa (where he tangles with a mechanised masseuse run amuck) to the casinos of Nassau and soon picks up the trail of SPECTRE's number-two man, Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi), and his beautiful mistress, Domino (Claudine Auger), whom Bond soon seduces to his side. Equipped with more gadgets than ever, courtesy of the resourceful Q (Desmond Llewellyn), agent 007 escapes an ambush with a personal-size jet pack and takes to the water as he searches for an underwater plane, battles Largo's pet sharks, and finally leads the battle against Largo's scuba-equipped henchmen in a spectacular underwater climax. This thrilling Bond entry became Connery's most successful outing in the series and was remade in 1983 as Never Say Never Again, with Connery returning to the role after a 12-year hiatus. Tom Jones belts out the bold theme song to another classic Maurice Binder title sequence. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com--

On the DVD: The absence of any new contribution from Sean Connery leaves a hole in the behind-the-scenes selection, but the "making of" documentary still has plenty to talk about, including why Bond wore a crash helmet for the jet-pack flight, and what was for the time the utterly unique situation of having to stage an underwater battle (one of the Bond series' enduring legacies is its pioneering stunt work). A supplemental documentary describes the "Thunderball Phenomenon" that swept the world on the release of what was the most successful Bond movie to date (back in those innocent days when blanket retail saturation of movie merchandise was still a novelty). Two audio commentaries flesh out even more of the background: the first is another edited selection of various interviews, the second has editor Peter Hunt in conversation with the host John Quark of the Ian Fleming Foundation, as well as more sundry interview snippets, notably from screenwriter John Hopkins. Any contribution from series composer John Barry is also sadly absent. --Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 April 2012
Format: DVD
Thunderball is directed by Terence Young and adapted to screenplay by Richard Maibaum and John Hopkins from a story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham and Ian Fleming. It stars Sean Connery, Adolfo Celi, Claudine Auger, Rick Van Nutter and Martine Beswick. Music is scored by John Barry and cinematography by Ted Moore.

The fourth outing for James Bond (Connery) sees 007 assigned to the Bahamas to try and thwart SPECTRE's number 2 operative, Emilio Largo (Celi). Largo has hijacked two atomic bombs from NATO and sets about extorting huge ransoms of money. If his terms are not met he will blow up major cities.

It was meant to be the first James Bond film, but Thunderball became part of a long drawn out legal battle between Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham and Ian Fleming. Eventually an out of court settlement was reached and Thunderball rolled into theatres in 1965. After the colossal success of Goldfinger, and Bond as a pop culture phenomenon, producers Albert Broccoli & Harry Saltzman knew that they had to try and up the ante to keep Bond on top. They were also acutely aware that many imitators were springing up on film and TV. These facts led Bond to go epic, with the producers going for a more is more approach, however, Thunderball is a considerable step down from Goldfinger.

As with many other Bond movies, Thunderball polarises opinions amongst the fans. Some are happy to laud the pure entertainment value on offer, the reliance on hardware and gadgets viewed as an aid to the Bond persona and not a hindrance to his humanistic worth. Technically the film is often exceptional, be it on or under the water, director Young really crafts some Bondian quality.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chris White on 24 Jan. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After Lowry Digital set the bar sky-high with its fantastic restoration work on Dr. No and From Russia with Love, I was ever so slightly disappointed by this spruced up version of Thunderball.

Despite Lowry's best efforts, it seems there were some elements of the original negative that had deteriorated beyond repair. In particular, there are occasional gate-hairs that remain on screen for several seconds at a time, and some underwater shots contain a vertical line in the picture. Since these parts of the film involve movement and a quickly changing frame, the blemishes must have been too problematic to remove digitally.

However, these very minor defects are few and far between and do not detract from the overall presentation, which is easily on a par with other Bond releases on Blu-ray. I look forward to more of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 April 2014
Format: DVD
Dvd Info.
Region 2.
Ratio 16.9/2.35:1
Running time 125 minutes approx.
Frame by Frame restoration Ultimate Edition.

Trivia.
1)Sean Connery gets to perform the Gunbarrel sequence at last, Stuntman Bob Simmons did the sequence from Dr No-Goldfinger.
2)Third & final Bond film to be directed by Terrance Young.
3)Tom Jones fainted after singing the final note of this song (What is it about these singer's fainting?).
4)Adolfo Celi playing Largo had his lines dubbed by Robert Rietty.
5)Claudine Auger was also dubbed by Nikki Van Der Zyl the same voice actress who dubbed Ursula Andress in Dr No.
6)This raked in a whopping £140 million at the box office a staggering amount for a movie released in 1965.
7)Only Bond film to not have Harry Saltzman & Albert R Broccoli credited as producer's that title was given to Kevin McClory.
8) A real shark got very close to actor Sean Connery during the underwater sequence in Largos swimming pool due to a Small gap between the protective glass, Sean Connery apparently leapt out the water dry & later commented "I don't know who's fault it was but it didn't happen again".
9)Blofield was played by Anthony Dawson who played Professor Dent in Dr No & was dubbed again by Eric Pohlmann.
10)Thunderball,;The Fleming/Whittingham/McClory debate.

Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham & Ian Fleming collaborated on the screenplay titled James Bond Secret Agent with Richard Burton tipped to play James Bond the screenplay was retitled Thunderball & Ian Fleming parted from the the trio's collaboration turning Thunderball into one of his James Bond novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James on 15 Nov. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, German
Dolby 5.1: Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries

Subtitles for all the videos:
German, French, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and English for the hearing impaired
Subtitle available only for the feature film:
Swedish

Verdict:
An outstanding picture and sound quality, the Lowry Company in charge of this restoration did an excellent job for the fourth film of the collection, this film couldn't have been watched in better condition than it is today. If you watch carefully, you should notice that the car after the DB5 does not have a door on the driver side for the stuntman to be ready to jump out of the vehicle. The mockups of the plane landing on water and the boat exploding at the end looks more obvious.

Soundtracks:
The English soundtrack is by far the most surrounding and accurate obviously, the German and French made in the 60s are also of good quality.
The Latin Spanish, the original dubbing is quite by far the most amazing using the new remastered soundtrack: they have removed the front centre channel which contains most of the English dialogue and replaced it by the original Spanish dubbing which contains some background noise meaning the special sound effect and music sometimes differ compare to the English soundtrack. The dialogues also taking up all the channels make the depiction of the Spanish soundtrack sounds mono during some part of the film, not all fortunately!

Un-expecting dubbing:
As usual in the early Bond films, the Bond Girls were dubbed.
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