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A decent and sporadically exciting, but slightly messier Bond movie.
on 24 October 2015
Thunderball exploded box-offices, and with its lush Nassau sequences and amazingly complex underwater battles it's not hard to see why. Indeed in many ways, it's a typical Bond films and a good follow up to Goldfinger. It has an interesting pre-title sequence, surprising covert shenanigans taking place in a health spa, and a wealth of threats, confrontations, fast cars and attempted murder in its Nassau setting. The most impressive part of the film is a toss-up between two scenes: - the theft of a huge Vulcan bomber from the RAF to purloin the nuclear weapons within, and the stunningly choreographed underwater spears and explosives finale. However, the villains and his associates lack the personality of those in Goldfinger. Although played well, Adolfo Celli's bad guy pales in comparison to Gert Frobe's larger than life 'Goldfinger', and many of the life or death chases in Nassau feel a little by-numbers and throwaway, the script a little messier and more patched together.
As one would expect, it all looks better on Blu-Ray, but much of the film fails to stick in the memory with the same success of its predecessor.