PG certificateThunderball is a Film programme that first aired in 1965 and has been classified a PG certificate.

Thunderball is a 3 star programme

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Thunderball (1965)

Directed by
Terence Young

This fourth outing for Sean Connery as 007 - much of it set in the exotic Bahamas - is not the best of the Bond films. Overladen with gadgetry, the plot lacks focus and becomes overly comic, Claudine Auger is not especially memorable as a Bond girl, and it has a confusing - and poorly paced - underwater fight sequence.

That being said, the Oscar-winning effects are strong, it's great to briefly see Bond's Aston Martin DB5 again, and Adolfo Celi is on fine form as the evil, card-playing, eyepatch-wearing Emilio Largo, the Spectre number two, who holds the world to ransom with a nuclear bomb stolen from Nato.

Released in 1965, it was the last Bond film to be directed by Terence Young. While it's not in the same class as its follow-up, You Only Live Twice, it's still worth watching, as it's superior to many of the Roger Moore efforts.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 130 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1965

3/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: UK/USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Sean ConnerySean Connery...James Bond
Image for Claudine AugerClaudine Auger...Dominique 'Domino' Derval
Image for Adolfo CeliAdolfo Celi...Emilio Largo
Luciana Paluzzi...Fiona Volpe
Rik Van Nutter...Felix Leiter
Guy Doleman...Count Lippe
Molly Peters...Patricia Fearing
Martine Beswick...Paula Caplan
Image for Bernard LeeBernard Lee...M
Desmond Llewelyn...Q
Lois Maxwell...Miss Moneypenny
Roland Culver...Foreign Secretary
Earl Cameron...Pinder
Paul Stassino...Major Francois Derval/Angelo Palazzi
Rose Alba...Madame Boitier