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4.0 out of 5 stars Restoration has its limits
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars still not the full theatrical version
I love Thunderball, and I eagerly awaited the blu-ray release, only to find once again, it is not the complete version of the film that audiences originally saw in the cinema. The second half of the underwater battle is still cut/ or missing frames in about 8 places. Some attempt has been made to disguise this by overlaying some music(actually the wrong version of the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Restoration has its limits, 24 Jan 2009
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Sir, I'd respectfully request that you change my assignment to Nassau., 24 April 2012
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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. The exotic Bahamas locale is beautifully realised by Ted Moore, Barry's blunderbuss score is one of his best for a Bond movie and Connery has charisma in abundance. The girls, too, are delightful, particularly Auger who positively sizzles with sexuality. Bond's by play with M, Q and Felix Leiter (Nutter very enjoyable and more charismatic than Cec Linder in Goldfinger) is well scripted and performed. While for those who adore the gadgets and daring stunts? Thunderball excels with its assortment of trick vehicles, under water weaponry and aids and radioactive pills! Without doubt the near $6 million budget is all up there on the screen.

Yet for other fans, and this is the category I fall into, it's a film of too many flaws to be considered one of the greats. Whilst it's undeniable that when it hits the high points it excites royally (the extended underwater battle is eye popping brilliance), but there's too much languid passages in the overlong running time. Young himself lamented that he couldn't get the pace right on account of the plot structure. The other major problem for me is Celi as Largo. Visually he's striking, with his white hair and eye patch, he well looks villainous, but physically he's wrong and someone you can't buy into as a man able to not only take on Bond, but to overcome him as well! While the finale lacks a grandness to reward those having sat for over 2 hours with the film. But what do I know? Film made a stunning $141 million at the box office! And the fanaticism that began with Goldfinger reached epic proportions here.

The more is more approach worked for the makers, and it ensured that for the time being Bond was going to stay in this epic, gadget, effects strewn groove. Connery wasn't happy, he had voiced his concerns about Bond becoming characterless, while he hated the mania surrounding the films and his role within them. He would return for the next instalment, You Only Live Twice, question was, would it be his last performance as Bond? 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Quality, 15 Nov 2010
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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. Nikki Van der Zyl, the one who dubbed Ursula Andress in Dr. No dubs the French actress Claudine Auger (Miss France 1958). The reason seemed to be that she could not speak loud enough despite a good command of English.
And also, Adolfo Celi playing Emilio Largo is dubbed by Robert Rietty.

NB: quite surprisingly, Blofeld whose face cannot be seen is played by Anthony Dawson and voiced by Joseph Wiseman (both featuring in Dr. No).
In the French dubbing, it is the German actor Gert Fröbe (playing Goldfinger in the previous film as well as speaking fluently French) who dubs Blofeld but not in the German dubbing.

Overall, we are looking at an excellent film technically speaking as always from Lowry. You shall not be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I Think He Got The Point", 24 April 2014
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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.

However the rights issue became very messy leading McClory to sue Ian Fleming stating he plagiarized elements of his screenplay the rights were stalled & Dr No went into production instead of Thunderball.

Although credited as producer this was still a Saltzman & Broccoli produced Bond film as the producer credit was part of McClorys out of court settlement & his claim to parts of the screenplay & character's being his.

McClory caused several headaches for the Bond producer over the year's including another attempt at sueing Albert R Broccoli in 1977 as the producer was to have wanted Blofield in the movie The Spy Who Loved Me a character McClory claims he created.

1982 Never Say Never Again went into production with Kevin McClory producing with Taliafilm a non canon Bond film reworking the Thunderball plot.

McClory even tempted back Sean Connery as Bond who'd fallen out with Saltzman & Broccoli over pay in a bid to snub the producers, The film was due to compete with Eon Bond film Octopussy in 1983 but had a very troubled production resulting in many delays & when it was released it didn't beat Octopussys box office & actor Sean Connery claims he had to rewrite parts of the script & said it was a very troubled production.

In 1997 McClory was at it again claiming to be working on another non canon Bond titled Warhead 2000AD, McClory claimed he wanted Timothy Dalton to reprise Bond but again this was all speculation & the movie never went into production.

In 2004 Eon purchased the rights to Never Say Never Again & Casino Royale which Eon rebooted the Bond franchise with Daniel Craig replacing Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.

Synopsis.
James Bond is sent to the Bahamas to recover two stolen Nuclear warheads hijacked from a Nato Vulcan Bomber by SPECTRE.

SPECTRE Agent number 2 Emilio Largo is in charge of the hijacking seizing the warheads while Blofield holds the world to ransom demanding $100.000.000.

Bond with the help of CIA agent Felix Leiter & Largo's ward Domino who's brother was murdered by SPECTRE blazes into action in a race against time to recover the stolen warheads & prevent Nuclear Armageddon.

Timelord Thoughts.
This was the biggest Bond to date in 1965 & under Terrance Youngs direction delivers another fast paced 007 adventure.

From the excellent opening sequence involving a brutal fight scene & Bond's escape via a jet pack this film showcases the biggest Bond spectacle to date.

With a production budget of $9 million dollars this film delivers some superb action sequences especially the action packed underwater battle at the movies climax as up until this film nothing had been shot to the scale of these breathtaking underwater action sequences.

Sean Connery is well established as James Bond now & delivers a more steely performance here than Goldfinger from strangling a villian with a iron poker to firing a spear gun into Vargas chest, Connerys Bond demonstrates why he will always be the the best actor to play Bond as he has charm, Charisma & a icy cool nerve to his portrayal of 007.

Adolfo Celi is menacing as Largo, The scenes were he cuts a SPECTRE agent's oxygen supply as he wanted more money & leaves him stranded to suffocate is horrific as well as watching a fraudulent SPECTRE agent get blown up & finally throwing a failed agent into a shark infested pool, Celi gives the character a sinister dark edge.

Claudine Auger is ok as Domino but is slightly underwritten although does get the upper hand of her ward Largo at the end of the movie.

This film has a tense plot great underwater action scenes, Exotic locations & great written characters making it one of the most popular Bond movies of the Connery era.

Timelord Rating 8.5/10
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2.0 out of 5 stars still not the full theatrical version, 4 Feb 2014
This review is from: Thunderball [Blu-ray] [1965] (Blu-ray)
I love Thunderball, and I eagerly awaited the blu-ray release, only to find once again, it is not the complete version of the film that audiences originally saw in the cinema. The second half of the underwater battle is still cut/ or missing frames in about 8 places. Some attempt has been made to disguise this by overlaying some music(actually the wrong version of the music in one instance).

I am so disappointed, Thunderball is an epic Bond, and the underwater battle is such a highlight. This film deserved a proper restoration for blu-ray, and it didn't get one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bond matures gracefully, but could do with a trim, 19 Aug 2007
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It is hardly possible to imagine an actor inject so much charisma into a role as Connery does here as Bond in Thunderball. Truth be told, it is really the glue that holds a movie together that otherwise might look rather frayed round the edges, despite the spectacularly tasty ingredients on display.
So what is it about? SPECTRE, Bond's arch enemies, have hatched a plan to seize two nuclear warheads from the British by capturing a Vulcan bomber on a training mission. Then, of course, a diabolical megalomaniac asks for 100 million dollars while stroking his cat. All the double-0's are brought in to get put on the case - but Bond has a lead - and of course it involves seducing a beautiful woman, in an exotic location (in this case, the ex-Miss France Claudine Auger, in Nassau, Bahamas). Can Bond seduce her in time to find the bombs before they are used?
As a general rule, the better the Bond villain, the better the Bond movie - and so it proves in this case. Adolfo Celi plays the villain efficiently enough, without being truly inspired. He comes across as a well paid hired hand, rather than an egomaniacal adversary. The villainess, on the other hand, the sexy redhead played by Luciana Paluzzi, comes across as a much more sophisticated foil for Bond's charms and wit, with a genuine sense of menace.
Another plus for the movie is the photography. On every level it is superior to its predecessors - filmed for the first time in widescreen, Ken Adams outlandish sets have room to breathe for the first time, and the groundbreaking underwater photography is surprisingly (forgive me) fluid and clear. In fact, the underwater scenes are the true draw of the movie, adding a new dimension to Bond's skills - however, they also prove to be the movies drawback, as they are drawn out far too long in the climactic underwater battle. The movie is going swimmingly though (apologies again..) until the very final scene on board the yacht which jettisons its cocoon to become a hydrofoil. This has been so ludicrously speeded up for dramatic effect, as to do exactly the opposite, and spoil the moment.
The Ultimate Edition has the usual improved picture, and sound. The sound in particular has been given better depth without anything too tricksy and obvious with surround effects. For extras, as usual the Special Edition extras are all here, including the superb documentary charting the troubled history of the production. In addition, there is an abundance of archive material which will interest the die-hards...vintage promotional featurettes and an NBC hour long special on Bond up to this point. An interesting addition is some home movie footage from the set designer Ken Adams talking about the location shooting, and the fun that went on behind the cameras.
So to summarise, with a bit of trimming and more careful use of speeded up action scenes, this could have been a 5 star classic, as it is, it is still a very respectable and enjoyable 4 star entry into the Bond franchise, with Connery at his peak. This edition is certainly the way to see it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent picture and sound, 10 Feb 2009
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Although not quite as jaw dropping as the first two bond movies on Blu-Ray, Thunderball still looks terrific. The colours are vivid, depth perception into the image is strong, and there's plenty of fine detail. I know this film quite well, but still noticed many details I hadn't before, one striking example in particular being the legibility of the warning signs on the Vulcan bomber; the bombs have "handle like eggs" written on them which I'd never noticed. It may well be possible to make out these details on the DVD, but the fact is they jump out at you on Blu-Ray.

The sound is also superb, although limited to DTS only, it is very punchy compared to the DVD soundtrack with excellent clarity, I was immediately struck by subtle cues in Tom Jones' voice as he sang the (rather weak) title song, and again, its the details spring out at you. Effects steering is also a noticable improvement over the DVD release.

The extras appear to be the same as the Ultimate Edition, which is pretty exhaustive in any case, and much of it is now in HD which is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling bond thriller from 1967, set in Japan, 19 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Thunderball [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
After James Bond (Sean Connery) has participated in faking his own murder in Hong Kong, to give him "more elbow room" in the words of his superior, M (Bernard Lee), he is dispatched to Japan to investigate the mysterious disappearance of both American and Soviet space crafts which threatens to spark World War III.

Working together with Japanese secret service leader Tiger Tanaka (Tetsuro Tamba), he meets beautiful Japanese agent Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi), who helps Bond through several close shaves.
Working with a Japanese Secret Service Ninja force, he locates the sabotage to the shadowy organization SPECTRE, led by the sinister Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence).
After Aki is murdered by SPECTRE agents (She dies after ingesting poison dropped into the bed she shares with Bond), Bond teams up, in a faked marriage with the attractive Kissy Suzuki Mie Hama).
Together with the Ninja force they penetrate Blofeld's massive headquarters, hidden in a volcano, where the final battle ensues.
Before Blofeld tries to kill Bond, he reminds him "You Only Live Twice", referring to his earlier faked death.
The chemistry between Bond and the exquisite Aki is perfect, and in the scene where a marriage is proposed and Bond thinks it is Aki, Aki's face lights up.
No less stunning is Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki, an expert swimmer and fighter, and one of the sexiest Bond girl ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 18 Jun 2009
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I agree with most people that this isn't the best of the 'classic' Bond movies and has plot holes big enough to fly a Vulcan bomber through. As others have said, the restoration of this movie to Blu-ray hasn't quite matched the standards of 'Goldfinger', perhaps. But brightly lit outdoor shots and some of the interiors look fantastic and Luciana Paluzzi (Fiona) looks fantastic in every scene she is in. By comparison, the underwater and night-time shots look a bit murky. Sound quality is fine but not exceptional. I didn't own the most recent 'Special Edition DVD' and thought the full range of extras presented here was outstanding. They include the full version of Ford Film Unit's 'Child's Guide to Blowing Up a Motor car'. This short feature is written by and stars veteran UK scriptwriter Denis Norden and is a delightfully witty and wicked affair which pokes fun at the whole Bond circus. Some of the older extras have obviously been upgraded to HD and look great and these capture the craziness of the Bond phenomenon at it's peak. It's also worth listening to the commentary track to hear the originally intended title song, "Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", sung by Dionne Warwick over the titles - far better than the familiar title song.

So despite some reservations about the film itself, the excellent extras make this an essential buy for fans of Sean's Bond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good buy, 7 April 2013
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This review is from: Thunderball [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
purchased this "used" to complete my 007 collection & apart from no shrink wrap it is impossible to tell any differece between it and any of my "new" discs.
If you have not tried "used" dvd or cd give it a go you can save a fortune and absolutely no different to brand new at 4 times the price
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