And twice is the only way to live.
- Jan 25, 2023
- The boring one
I'm quite fond of Thunderball, which stayed my favorite for a long time. I'm always biased towards seafaring or underwater adventures, so the underwater fight delighted me. It's very easy to follow : Bad guys have black masks, good guys have blue masks. So much that when james bond steals a baddie's mask it instantly turns blue. Really makes the sequence much easier to follow than the rest of the film where Bond's shirt changes color in each shot. Blunderball, as Hawki said. Not even Diamonds comes close, goofs-wise.
A ★★½ review of Thunderball (1965)That...could have been better. This film had mostly a smoother production again than the last three, with the only real struggle being finding the right person to play the main Bond girl, Domino Derval, with Julie Christie being turned down after a personal meeting with producer Albert Broccoli...letterboxd.com
Another reason why I loved this movie was Bond's relative vulnerability in it. Not only his charms are mocked, but also we see him wounded and chased, which is quite rare. He has the upper hand more constantly in all the other movies.
Also, in my eyes, the best quote is not a quote. "Would you mind giving me something to put on?", Bond politely handing her shoes still makes me giggle. This works with Connery's casual seriousness way better than it would have with Moore's overt cheekiness.
Claudine Auger is so classy, somehow. Unforgettably charismatic in Jacques Deray's "Butterfly on the Shoulder". And hey, look, Felix is blond. And probably closer to the novel's in many ways, even though my brain still processes Jack Lord as the official one.
And seriously. That intro. I love fights in Bond movies, they often have that jackiechanesque quality of using all the furniture like pieces on a chessboard. They feel like a battle of wits. And the elevator fight in Diamond is a wonderful example of it (Diamonds Are Forever - Thunderball's true rival, competing on the same territories). But nothing beats Bond escaping with that conveniently placed jetpack after having cautiously put his little blue helmet on because hey he doesn't joke with safety.
Damn, I realise now we've glossed over Goldfinger's intro. So much to say about these pre-title sequences...