Cast & Characters
SPECTRE has hijacked two atomic bombs from NATO and threatens
to destroy an important city in the US or England unless
their ransom demand is met. James Bond has only four days
to thwart SPECTRE mastermind Emilio Largo and prevent a
UK: 29th December 1965 (PG)
USA: 21st December 1965 (PG)
World Premiere: 9th December 1965 (Hibiya Cinema, Tokyo,
UK TV Premiere: 26th February 1977, ITV
US TV Premiere: 22nd September 1974, ABC
Running Time: 125 minutes
Classification: PG (UK), PG (US)
Worldwide Box Office: $141.2m
US Box Office: $63.6m
US Admissions: 58.1 million
UK Box Office: N/A
Producer: Kevin McClory
Presented By: Harry Saltzman and Albert R Broccoli
Director: Terence Young
Screenplay: Richard Maibaum, John Hopkins
Based On An Original Screenplay By: Jack Whittingham
Based On An Original Story By: Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham
and Ian Fleming
Composer: John Barry
Paris, France; Shrublands, South of England, UK; MI6 HQ,
London, UK; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, USA
Bond is observing a widow paying her respects at her dead
husband's funeral. The woman gets into a car and goes home,
however Bond gets there first and is waiting for her. It
turns out that the woman is actually the supposedly dead
enemy agent Jacques Boitier in disguise.
A brutal fight
ensues with 007 the victor, and he escapes the scene using
a jet pack. After his brief flight across the chateaux,
Bond lands next to his Aston Martin and female accomplice.
After stashing the pack in the back of the car they leave
shooting water out from under the bumper at their pursuers.
Thunderball is the MI6 codename given to the mission to foil SPECTRE's
plans by recovering the nuclear warheads and avoid paying the ransom.
It is marked on the assignment folders as well as being mentioned
by M to Bond.
Cut Scenes & Alternate
An underwater scene featuring Bond and Domino making love
behind a rock was on the request of Cubby Broccoli who considered
it a little too suggestive - it featured a huge explosion
of bubbles rising to the surface, followed by Domino's bathing
A scene shot but not used featured Domino showing around
Bond on the Disco Volante. According to the documentary
on the DVD special edition, the footage is presumably lost,
but a few rare publiclity stills remain. The UK cinema release
was cut to recieve an "A" rating, but all video
releases were uncut.
In different versions, Bond says a different line when
he escapes from Largo's shark pool. Some versions also feature
a comment that Felix makes when he and Bond see a manta-ray
from the helicopter. There are also alternate takes of a
scene with Largo on his boat in different versions.
In the trailer for the film, Bond says the line, "The
things I do for England." The line was cut from the
final version of the film, and then used in the next Bond
film, You Only Live Twice. Further details on alternate
versions of Thunderball can be found on the Release
Bond: "That looks like a woman's gun."
Largo: "Do you know a lot about guns, Mr Bond?"
Bond: "No, but I know a little about women."
Bond's jet pack proves to be too big for the boot of the
It is the only film in which all the Double-O's are seen
As voted in MI6's Fan Verdict poll
James Bond will return in "You Only
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