Thunderball

Thunderball

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Director: Terence Young

Cast: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi

     
 

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Released as part of the first wave of James Bond Special Edition DVDs, Thunderball is comprised mostly of supplements that appeared on the film's 30th anniversary laserdisc, with the exception of a newly created anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen master and a new stereo audio track. The first Bond film shot in the "scope" aspect ratio, the widescreen transfer pays off by… See more details below

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Released as part of the first wave of James Bond Special Edition DVDs, Thunderball is comprised mostly of supplements that appeared on the film's 30th anniversary laserdisc, with the exception of a newly created anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen master and a new stereo audio track. The first Bond film shot in the "scope" aspect ratio, the widescreen transfer pays off by restoring the film's wide framing and revitalizing the once-murky underwater scenes. The two audio commentaries are not screen-specific, but are rather interviews and comments edited together and hosted by a narrator. The constantly changing perspective allows both tracks to sustain interest longer than a simple director's track, but each occasionally meanders into useless anecdotes and actors' film biographies. The two documentaries are extremely well produced and informative, the first dedicating itself to the making of the film and the second to the marketing phenomenon that surrounded the film's international release (although a menu error leads the viewer to the opposite documentary for both). The only newly produced featurette is a short reel titled "Inside Thunderball." Thunderball is infamous for its alternate versions and edits and the reel collects them together in one space. Finally, a large assortment of photos, trailers, and television and radio spots chronicle the promotional history of the film. Presented in a way to hold even the casual viewer's interest, Thunderball is one of the essential releases in the Bond DVD series.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hal Erickson
The fourth of the Sean Connery James Bond films, Thunderball is definitely a mixed bag, its thrilling action highlights separated by long stretches of tedium. By the time Thunderball was released, producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli had given up taking Bond seriously; thus, the film is full of groanable one-liners from Sean Connery (after nailing a villain with a speargun, he mutters "I believe he got the point") and serial-like dialogue along the lines of "Don't kill him. I have a better plan." After a dreary, drawn-out underwater battle, the film comes to a rousing conclusion in a runaway hydrofoil. Nearly kept off the screen due to a plagiarism suit concerning the original Ian Fleming novel, Thunderball proved as a big a cash cow as the early Bondfests; it was remade in 1983 as Never Say Never Again, again with Sean Connery in the lead.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
UPC:
0027616785725
Original Release:
1965
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:10:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery James Bond
Claudine Auger Domino Derval
Adolfo Celi Emilio Largo
Luciana Paluzzi Fiona Volpe
Rick van Nutter Felix Leiter
Bernard Lee M
Martine Beswicke Paula Caplan
Guy Doleman Count Lippe
Molly Peters Patricia Fearing
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Roland Culver Foreign Secretary
Earl Cameron Pinder
Paul Stassino Maj. Derval
Rose Alba Mme. Boitier
Philip Locke Vargas
George Pravda Kutze
Michael Brennan Janni
Leonard Sachs Group Captain
Edward Underdown Air Vice Marshall
Reginald Beckwith Kenniston
Bill Cummings Quist
Bob Simmons Jacques Boitier

Technical Credits
Terence Young Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
John Barry Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Black Songwriter
Lamar Boren Cinematographer
John Hopkins Screenwriter
Peter Hunt Editor
Ian Fleming Original Story
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Kevin McClory Original Story,Producer
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Peter Murton Art Director
Freda Pearson Set Decoration/Design
Bob Simmons Stunts
John Stears Special Effects
Jack Whittingham Original Story

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Black Widow. [:17]
2. Main Title/Credits. [:37]
3. Reporting To #1. [3:50]
4. Intriguing Tattoo. [:04]
5. Sneak Peak. [3:00]
6. Rack & Sweat. [:23]
7. Duty Calls A Twin. [3:25]
8. Passing Inspection. [1:11]
9. Uncovering A Clue. [1:24]
10. Lack Of Oxygen. [1:14]
11. Betrayal At Sea. [3:03]
12. Underwater Operation. [3:13]
13. "Phase 2, Completed." [:13]
14. "Anytime, Any Place." [:51]
15. Car Trouble. [3:26]
16. Code: "Thunderball." [2:37]
17. Reassignment. [:39]
18. Good Form! [3:01]
19. Poolside Chat. [3:06]
20. Taking A Gamble. [1:24]
21. Dance Proposal. [:34]
22. Room Search. [1:11]
23. Shark Bait. [3:18]
24. Special Spy Gear. [:09]
25. Taped Blackmail. [1:40]
26. Water Fights. [2:30]
27. Better Buckle Up! [2:12]
28. Photo/"Port Of Call." [:47]
29. Showing Off. [2:24]
30. Double Date/Cross. [2:24]
31. Power Failure. [:15]
32. Deathtrap. [3:10]
33. "Wild Things." [1:04]
34. Battle Of Egos. [:23]
35. Colorful Escape. [2:25]
36. "Kiss Kiss Club." [:59]
37. Time To Pay Up. [3:40]
38. Sunken Plane. [2:26]
39. Domino Affection. [2:24]
40. "Where Is 007 Now?" [3:16]
41. Bombs & Flares. [1:10]
42. Caught With Spy Toys. [:41]
43. Helicopter Recovery. [2:58]
44. Air-To-Sea Assault. [2:08]
45. Bond To The Rescue. [2:33]
46. Underwater Warfare. [:03]
47. Come And Get Me! [1:58]
48. Separate Ship. [2:55]
49. Bond Aboard. [3:02]
50. Rocking The Boat. [:46]
51. Soaring Survival. [4:17]
52. End Credits. [1:03]

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