Post by twothousandonemark on Dec 14, 2018 22:04:15 GMT
Probably still in my top 5 007 films. Thunderball, while not Connery's finest (FRWL) nor most quintessential (Goldfinger) is for me his apex as Bond. This movie gives everything & the kitchen sink. There really wasn't much left for Connery to achieve with the franchise & it evidently showed with his next 2 official turns. Thunderball for me is the most cinematic looking Bond film of its classic age - basically anything before 1980 I guess. The camera is pulled back, a lot of eye candy on-screen, environs, photography, ensembles... it looks & feels large scale & important. Largo is for me the finest Bond villain of them all. He even seems smarter than Blofeld because he's far less a psychopath. I actually wish this guy as Largo were the official Blofeld - this is how I envision Blofeld before they started making him hilariously silly. Love the big scale stakes here also - pitting the west against SPECTRE with actual stolen nukes (atomic bombs*). Connery never faced more legitimate urgency than here (trying to stop Blofeld from stealing rockets in outer space simply is too silly). A note here - they try to appeal that Bond's womanizing is a bit of a professional angle. He's working with Paula after all, & is devastated her loss. He ditches the villainess because King & Country. While James is a womanizer, I think this movie tries to show that enough of that angle is a ruse to get answers quickly. I don't think Bond is a sexist asshole, maybe just a bit of a sexist son of a bitch (Royal Tenenbaums*). Subjectively, I think Connery was at his best in the Caribbean. The opening act he looks & acts much older, aged. Once he's tanned & running (& swimming) around the Caribbean, he gives the character zest. It was great to re-step some environ notes from Dr. No even if it's never implied.
6.5/10. The underwater fight scenes and the scope of the movie is impressive. The Ken Adam sets looks awesome to this day. Emilio Largo has a cool look but he's kind of a "meh" villain imo in the annals of Bond baddies. Fiona Volpe was an awesome henchwoman though.