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The James Bond Movies

Thunderball

Released: December 29, 1965

Starring:
  Sean Connery as James Bond
  Claudine Auger as Domino
  Adolfo Celi as Largo
  Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe

Directed by: Terence Young

Running Time: 129 minutes

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  • The Shrublands resort was actually a converted hotel near Pinewood Studios.

  • Disco Volante means Flying Saucer which was the name of Largo's boat in Never Say Never Again.

  • All the underwater sequences were practiced in a parking lot in the Bahamas.

  • In order to accommodate crowds after the movie's release, New York's Paramount Theatre ran the film 24 hours a day.

  • The sharks in Largo's pool were rented at the cost of $500 a day and had to be shipped in daily for filming from an off-shore vessel.

  • During an in-flight stop-over and before being cast, Aldolfi Celi (Largo) purchased the Ian Fleming book Thunderball. Later that week he learned he was to meet with EON productions regarding a part in the film.

  • Thunderball is the only movie which Albert "Cubby" Broccoli was not the executive producer for: it was Kevin McClory due to winning a plagiarism suit.

  • Thunderball was supposed to be the first Bond movie, but due to legal entanglements with Kevin McClory, Dr. No proceeded as the first.

  • When Bond is in Largo's pool with the sharks, Sean Connery was actually in the water with the sharks at the same time with no protection of any kind. In the film, when a shark swims by Bond, and Connery has a look of total fear on his face, he is not acting. Connery refused to do the scene more than once.

  • Largo's (Adolfo Celi) voice was dubbed by Robert Rietty. However, during a select few scenes you can actually hear Adolfo's voice.

  • When Tom Jones recorded the final version of the theme song he actually fainted from lack of oxygen right at the end of the song after sustaining the same high pitched intense note.

  • In the scene where Bond is shot escaping from Fiona, Bond makes the escape and a henchman shoots Bond in the right calf, but in later scenes his left calf was shot and he put a handkerchief on the left calf at the Kiss Kiss Club.

  • The song Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang sung by Shirley Bassey, was originally supposed to be the main title song, but was changed when the producers felt that Thunderball was more appropriate.

  • When Bond is shot in the leg, there is a dog urinating in the background.

  • After the climatic underwater battle sequence when Bond is trying to catch Largo, who pulls off Bond's blue diving mask off, Bond takes a black mask from one of Largo's dead frogman. As his pursuit continues, Bond is seen with the blue diving mask again.

  • When Bond and Felix are in the helicopter looking for the lost jet, Bond's hair alternates between parted to the left and the right. As revealed on the DVD, this was due to the fact that they only had footage of Bond and Leiter in the helicopter taken from the starboard side. So, in order to make it look like they had started looking off the port side, the image was flipped.

 



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