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130 min
Action | Adventure | Thriller
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Terence Young
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 1965-12-22
Filming Locations: Avenue d'Eylau, Paris 16, Paris, France
Budget: $9,000,000
Gross: $63,595,658 (USA) (11 November 2012)
Claudine Auger
Claudine Auger
Luciana Paluzzi
Luciana Paluzzi
Sean Connery
James Bond
Adolfo Celi
Rik Van Nutter
Felix Leiter
Guy Doleman
Count Lippe
Molly Peters
Martine Beswick
Bernard Lee
Desmond Llewelyn
Lois Maxwell
Roland Culver
Foreign Secretary
Earl Cameron
Paul Stassino
Rose Alba
Madame Boitier
Philip Locke
George Pravda
Michael Brennan
Leonard Sachs
Group Captain
Edward Underdown
Air Vice Marshal
Reginald Beckwith
Harold Sanderson
Hydrofoil Captain
Anthony Bailey
Radar Navigator
Gábor Baraker
SPECTRE Representative (uncredited)
Amelia Bayntun
Mrs. Karlski
Anthony Blackshaw
Sentry at RAF Base
Dana Broccoli
Cafe Martinique Dancer (uncredited)
Courtney Brown
Ian Bulloch
SPECTRE Henchman
Clive Cazes
SPECTRE Number 9 (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Cecil Cheng
SPECTRE Number 7 (uncredited)
Michael Culver
Vulcan Bomber Crewman
Bill Cummings
Anthony Dawson
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Henry Ford II
Extra at the Nassau Casino (uncredited)
Jack Gwillim
Senior RAF Staff Officer
Neil Hallett
Vulcan Bomber Pilot
Diane Hartford
Girl in Kiss Kiss Club
Philo Hauser
Mr. Karlski
Patrick Holt
Group Captain Dawson
Murray Kash
SPECTRE Number 11
Suzy Kendall
John Ketteringham
George Leech
Disco Volante Crewman
André Maranne
SPECTRE Number 10 (uncredited)
Kevin McClory
Man Smoking at Nassau Casino
Albert Michel
Priest at Bouvar's Funeral
Madame LaPorte
Derek Partridge
Vulcan Bomber Crewman
Eric Pohlmann
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Lloyd Reckord
Pinder's Assistant
Robert Rietty
Emilio Largo
Peter Roy
Charles Russhon
Air Force Officer
Bill Sawyer
Ambulance Attendant
Bob Simmons
Colonel Jacques Bouvar - SPECTRE #6
Philip Stone
SPECTRE Number 5 (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl
Dominique 'Domino' Derval
Did you know?
The title song was originally to be "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" sung by Dionne Warwick, but was changed at the last minute to "Thunderball" sung by Tom Jones. The producers were concerned about a main title song that did not include the film's title as the song title. Four different versions of the "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" song were recorded, including a version sung by Shirley Bassey and two different instrumental versions; the two instrumental versions were eventually released on disc, while Warwick's version was used in the opening credit sequence of an unreleased version of the film. This version can be heard on Audio Commentary Track Two on the DVD during the opening titles and on the James Bond 30th Anniversary double CD.
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Bob Simmons:  The series regular stuntman in an uncredited part as Colonel Bouvard, the man in drag whom James Bond fights in the pre-title sequence. Before "she" gets punched, the part is played by Rose Alba, explaining why "his" legs look so good in a dress. Up until this film Simmons had appeared as James Bond in the gun-barrel sequence in the first three movies in the series. In this movie, however, Sean Connery performs that moment for the first time.
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The only individual James Bond movie to win a Visual or Special Effects Oscar (Academy Award). It was for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects and awarded to John Stears in 1966. Moonraker (1979) was nominated for Best Effects, Visual Effects in 1979 but did not win. Albert R. Broccoli received the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy for producing the group of James Bond movies in 1982. Goldfinger (1964) won the first Bond Oscar for Sound Effects.
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An obvious stunt double for Bond portrayer Sean Connery, clad in a pink swimsuit, swimming in the canal, then emerging up the stairs and alongside the bridge
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When Bond and Leiter are in the helicopter at the Golden Grotto, Leiter has shorts on. The shot changes and he has long trousers on and then reverts back to shorts in the next shot.
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In final scene when Domino kills Largo there is some sort of box under Largo's diving suit just where harpoon arrow is plunged.
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Emilio Largo: [threatening Domino with a cigarette and ice cubes] This for heat, these for cold, applied scientifically and slowly.
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James Bond: You can tell of the one that got away.
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James Bond: Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She's just dead.
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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Thunderball can be found here.
What is SPECTRE?
SPECTRE stands for "The SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion." SPECTRE is an international terrorist organization run by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (played in this movie by Anthony Dawson). Its members are recruited from the Gestapo, Smersh, the Mafia, and the Union Corse among others. With the exception of Goldfinger, all of the Bond villains from 1962-71 came from this organization.
Is SPECTRE involved in "Thunderball"?
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