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#1 Qwerty

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 03:15 PM

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#2 Qwerty

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Posted 13 May 2005 - 03:21 PM

Reviews up. :)

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 05:16 AM

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 06:53 AM

i love thunderball but what could they of done to make it better. i'll start off by saying that i really would had liked to had Bond,James Bond in the casino with largo.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 05:58 AM

My favorite Connery movie...

Theres not much I'd change to it. It could do with less underwater scenes. I know they were all excited by this new underwater filming thing, but still... Self control please people.

Apart from that theres nothing I can think of. Bond's nurse could have been a better actress I guess.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 06:03 AM

My favorite Connery movie...

Theres not much I'd change to it. It could do with less underwater scenes. I know they were all excited by this new underwater filming thing, but still... Self control please people.

Apart from that theres nothing I can think of. Bond's nurse could have been a better actress I guess.



The underwater scenes were fine in my opinion,and those who complain about the underwater scenes i mean come on the movie has a very water themes storyline.My favorite Connery bond.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 06:38 AM

Bollocks. There is nothing to be changed about Thunderball. Story, Script, Soundtract. Best of them all!!!!

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 02:37 PM

One thing I would change is the final fight on the Disco Volante, which looks a bit naff even for a 60's film. If the technology wasn't available to make the fight look plausible I would rather they have just slugged it out on a stationary boat.

The excessive underwater scenes never bother me. It's a good moment to light a cigarette, or take a sip of your coffee. A good film doesn't have to be edge-of-the-seat ALL the way through. Look at how frenetic the second halves of TND and DAD are! I bet you wish there was some slow underwater padding in those films.

As a final note, and again it concerns length, I would have slipped in a couple of extra scenes. Firstly, Bond being shown over the Disco Volante, which I believe was in the original script but never filmed. Secondly, Bond and Domino meeting in secret to begin their affair. Once we reach the beach scene (Vargas' death), Bond and Domino talk as if they've been dating for years, and if feels like a bit of a leap.

Aside from that it's all good. TB is my favourite of the Connery Bonds.

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 10:36 PM

Bumping this up.

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 04:03 AM

I've always loved this one. Through CBn, I have learned of the interesting back-story that was Kevin McClory, which somewhat taints my view of this film. But for everything that is Bond, Thunderball still has it all.

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 06:20 AM

Got a 9 or 10 from me. My favourite Connery Bond film.

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 09:52 AM

I gave it an 8 only behind FRWL as Connerys best bond in my opinion.

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 10:09 AM

My favorite Bond film of all time except CR.

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 10:36 PM

I've already voted, apparantly. I presume I gave it a 10 with it being my 3rd favourite Bond film.

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 11:15 PM

A definite 10. Connery was at the height of his form as Bond with his 2 best Bond girls in Claudine Auger's Domino and Luciana Paluzzi's Fiona. This was also the first Bond film to be shot in Panavision and had a truly epic big budget feel yet still maintained the grit and stylishness of the From Russia With Love and Dr. No thanks to director Terence Young. Also, the film that turned out to be the most financially successful film in the series(figures adjusted for inflation, of course).

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 08:57 PM

My first post on this forum {hi fellow Bond fans!} as you guess from my user name I'm a huge fan of Thunderball,it had been often criticised for it's slow pace and but I love it's epic approach,which takes it's time setting up the plot,and it's leisurely feel,which allows you to really take in the gorgeous Bahamas locations. I think Connery gives his very best performance as James Bond in this film,and although perhaps there is a little too much underwater stuff,the climactic battle I think is incredible,it wowed me as a kid and still does now! Goldfinger is usually considere better,but I've always preferred Thunderball! I gave it a 9.

Edited by Fiona Volpe lover, 02 January 2007 - 08:58 PM.


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Posted 02 January 2007 - 09:14 PM

This film deserves the attention that Goldfinger gets. It's always been #1 on my list, followed by FRWL and now CR.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 10:41 PM

Welcome to CBn and the forums Fiona Volpe love... Great handle.

I pretty much feel the same way now as when I first saw TB in the theatre when I was..uh-hum..younger. :angry: The length just gives me more Bond time to love. Some of the best one-liners from Connery, as he was well on form by now. When he's on the beach with Domino and oh-so-cooly turns to shoot Vargas with that speargun, man, that was cool.

When I was younger, the plot didn't really hit so much as when I got older, which made me appreciate the movie even more. The underwater scenes was always captured my attention.

And that ending. Just how cool was that?? :cooltongue:

Still a joy to watch. I give it a 10. Same as CR.


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Posted 02 January 2007 - 10:43 PM

My first post on this forum {hi fellow Bond fans!} as you guess from my user name I'm a huge fan of Thunderball,it had been often criticised for it's slow pace and but I love it's epic approach,which takes it's time setting up the plot,and it's leisurely feel,which allows you to really take in the gorgeous Bahamas locations. I think Connery gives his very best performance as James Bond in this film,and although perhaps there is a little too much underwater stuff,the climactic battle I think is incredible,it wowed me as a kid and still does now! Goldfinger is usually considere better,but I've always preferred Thunderball! I gave it a 9.


Welcome to the CBn forums. :cooltongue:

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 02:21 AM

My first post on this forum {hi fellow Bond fans!} as you guess from my user name I'm a huge fan of Thunderball,it had been often criticised for it's slow pace and but I love it's epic approach,which takes it's time setting up the plot,and it's leisurely feel,which allows you to really take in the gorgeous Bahamas locations. I think Connery gives his very best performance as James Bond in this film,and although perhaps there is a little too much underwater stuff,the climactic battle I think is incredible,it wowed me as a kid and still does now! Goldfinger is usually considere better,but I've always preferred Thunderball! I gave it a 9.


My sentiments exactly, except I give it a 10. Welcome Fiona Volpe lover. I love your screen name as I have listed Fiona as my favorite henchperson.

#21 Qwerty

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 09:21 PM

Welcome to the CBn Forums, The Liparus. :cooltongue:

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 04:25 PM

I love Thunderball but what could they of done to make it better?


I'd have removed McClory's name from the credits.:cooltongue:

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 05:55 PM

Topics merged.

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 07:13 PM

Bollocks. There is nothing to be changed about Thunderball. Story, Script, Soundtract. Best of them all!!!!



Agreed. :cooltongue:

A lot better than NSNA. (no offecene Dlibrasnow) :angry:

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 04:58 AM

Ah, yes. The bourbon (and attitude) was in abundance that evening.

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 07:41 AM

My least favourite Eon Bond (although at least it's better than its appalling remake). Flat, dreary, uninvolving, with the most listless Bond girl in Claudine Auger and a coasting Connery. The movie only ever flickers into life when Fiona's onscreen and dies with her.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 11:56 PM

That "overlong and slow" Bond movie is faring quite well among the voters. Deservedly so, I might add.

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 01:12 AM

Only Bond movie I like only for the women. Claudine Auger, Fiona Volpe and Martine Beswicke. They just kick! Alpha women to the max!

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 03:03 AM

I do not think it is a good film (pacing). But Thunderball is filled with by far some of the coolest James Bond dialogue. In my book, this is the high point of Connery "cool". Largo is plenty sinister and Fiona & Domino are sizzling.

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 03:43 AM

Goldfinger is the best movie but TB has the coolest Bond lines and Sean rules the screen. Dont even get me started on Fiona :cooltongue:
A definite 9. CR would be 8-9 too. GF would be the 10.




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