A British spy film and the fourth in the JAMES BOND film series produced by Eon Productions. The screenplay is by John Hopkins, Richard Maibaum and Jack Whittingham, which is based upon a story by Ian Fleming, Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham, which in turn is based upon THUNDERBALL, the ninth in Ian Fleming's book series and the eighth full-length JAMES BOND novel. The film soundtrack is by John Barry, the film is produced by Kevin McClory and it’s directed by Terence Young.
THUNDERBALL stars Sean Connery as James Bond, Claudine Auger as Dominique "Domino" Derval, Rik Van Nutter as Felix Leiter, Bernard Lee as M, Desmond Llewelyn as Q, Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny and Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo. The film also features Luciana Paluzzi, Martine Beswick, Paul Stassino, Guy Doleman Molly Peters, Roland Culver, Philip Locke, Rose Alba, Leonard Sachs, George Pravda, Edward Underdown, Earl Cameron and Anthony Dawson as Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
This time, James Bond's mission is to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE - SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion - which holds the world to ransom for £100 000 000 in diamonds, in exchange for not destroying an unspecified major city in either the United Kingdom or the United States. THUNDERBALL is an enjoyable adventure film that stills manages to stay quite accurate to the source material.
I liked it a lot. Had more of an epic feeling than the earlier ones I thought. Blofeld zaps a guy at the table, and the shark thing was pretty novel for the time. It was damn cool to see the other 00 agents in the conference room. The underwater stuff does go on forever but I didn't really care.
"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Frankenstein
I wouldn't say it's worse, just duller. Of course all Bond films in general are dull, due to their lack of imagination and plodding nature. This one is the dullest which features an underwater sequence which just goes on and on, and the villains aren't as memorable as Goldfinger. Btw, the sped up fight sequences are so laughable and embarrassing, it's an outdated form of filmmaking that wore out its welcome after the '30s.