Sean Connery has obviously hit his peak by 1965, as he had 3 previous films as the best secret agent around. Thunderball changed things up however, changing the setting to under the high seas.
Largely located in the Bahama’s, Thunderball finds Sean Connery battling SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi). The main problem? Two nuclear bombs that seem to have disappeared. Of course, Largo and his collection of sharks, and underwater army are in the way of James figuring things out.
I liked Thunderball. It is a consistently good 007 movie. No, it didn’t have the iconic scenes of the previously released Goldfinger, but it was good in its own right. I can’t really find much wrong with it in fact. It’s only downside is the movie that it follows. The film is capped off by a fantastic underwater battle between the good guys and the bad guys. Easily one of my favorite scenes so far in the franchise. Personally, I think old school Bond is personified in these tropical-set movies, and Thunderball is the best of that class. Very very solid 007 film.
My Rating: B+