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Thunderball (1965) is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, which in turn was based on an original screenplay by Jack Whittingham. It was directed by Terence Young with its screenplay by Richard Maibaum and John Hopkins.


James Bond — "007" — attends the funeral of Colonel Jacques Bouvar, a SPECTRE operative (Number 6). Bouvar is alive and disguised as his own widow, but Bond identifies him. Following him to a château, Bond fights and kills him, escaping using a jetpack and his Aston Martin DB5, conveniently driven up by confederate and minor Bond girl Madame La Porte (Maryse Guy Mitsouko).

Bond is sent by M to the Shrublands clinic to improve his health. While being massaged by physiotherapist Patricia Fearing, he notices Count Lippe, a suspicious man with a criminal tattoo (from a Tong). He searches Lippe's room, but is seen leaving by Lippe's clinic neighbour who is bandaged after plastic surgery. Lippe tries to murder Bond with a spinal traction machine, but is foiled by Fearing, whom Bond then seduces. Bond finds a dead bandaged man, François Derval. Derval was a French Air Force pilot on the NATO staff working with the British Royal Air Force. As part of this work, Derval is slated to fly as an additional flight crewmember aboard an RAF Avro Vulcan strategic jet bomber loaded with two atomic bombs for a training mission. However, prior to the flight, Derval is murdered by Angelo, a SPECTRE henchman qualified to pilot military jet aircraft and surgically altered to match Derval's appearance.

Angelo takes Derval's place on the flight, sabotaging the plane and killing its RAF crew through poison gas introduced into the aircraft's oxygen system. He then executes a controlled water landing, ditching the Vulcan in water landing area SPECTRE has prepared near the Bahamas. After ditching, once the aircraft comes to a stop, Angelo lowers the jet's landing gear, sinking it to a depth readily accessible by SCUBA-equipped SPECTRE operatives and mini-submersibles. While still strapped into the jet's cockpit, Angelo is then killed by Emilio Largo (SPECTRE No. 2) for trying to extort more money than offered to him. Largo and his henchmen retrieve the stolen atomic bombs from the seabed. After leaving the clinic for a conference, Bond is pursued by Count Lippe through the countryside roads until Lippe and his car are destroyed by SPECTRE agent Fiona Volpe as punishment for failing to foresee Angelo's greed. SPECTRE has demanded £100 million in white flawless uncut diamonds from NATO in exchange for returning the bombs. If their demands are not met, SPECTRE will destroy a major city in the United States or the United Kingdom. At the meeting, Bond recognises Derval from a photograph. Since Derval's sister, Domino, is in Nassau, Bond asks M to send him there, where he discovers Domino is Largo's mistress.

Bond takes a boat to where Domino is snorkelling. After Bond saves her life, the two have lunch together. Later, Bond goes to a party, where he sees Largo and Domino gambling. Bond enters the game against Largo and wins, and subsequently takes Domino to a dance. Recognising each other as adversaries, Bond and Largo begin a tense cat-and-mouse game of attempting to gain advantage over each other while still pretending ignorance of their adversary's true nature.

Bond meets Felix Leiter and Q, and is issued a collection of gadgets, including an underwater infrared camera, a distress beacon, underwater breathing apparatus, a flare gun, and a Geiger counter. Bond attempts to swim underwater beneath Largo's boat, but is nearly killed. Bond visits Largo at his estate, Palmyra. Bond's assistant, Paula, is later abducted by Largo for questioning and kills herself before Bond can rescue her.

Bond is kidnapped by Fiona but escapes. He is chased through a Junkanoo celebration and enters the Kiss Kiss club. Fiona finds and attempts to kill him, but she is shot by her own bodyguard. Bond and Felix search for the Vulcan, finding it underwater. Bond meets Domino scuba-diving and tells her that Largo killed her brother, asking for help finding the bombs. She tells him where to go to replace a henchman on Largo's mission to retrieve them from an underwater bunker. Bond gives her his Geiger counter, asking her to look for them on Largo's ship. She is discovered and captured. Disguised as Largo's henchman, Bond uncovers Largo's plan to destroy Miami Beach.

Bond is discovered and rescued by Leiter, who orders United States Navy SEALs to parachute to the area via U.S. Air Force transport aircraft. After an underwater battle, the henchmen surrender. Largo escapes to his ship, the Disco Volante, which has one of the bombs on board. Largo attempts to escape by jettisoning the rear of the ship, which has come under fire by pursuing Royal Navy and U.S. Coast Guard vessels. The front section, a hydrofoil, escapes. Bond, also aboard, and Largo fight; Largo is about to shoot him when Domino, freed by Largo's nuclear physicist Ladislav Kutze, kills Largo with a harpoon. Bond and Domino jump overboard, the boat runs aground and explodes. A sky hook-equipped CIA B-17 aircraft then rescues them.

Posted by George Freund on October 31, 2016 at 2:24 PM 1134 Views