Monday, September 27, 2010

THUNDERBALL (1965)

James Bond is sent to a health clinic to recover from his last mission. While there, Bond sexually assaults a young woman, but naturally she learns to like it and then later that night from her window, Bond sees something strange: an ambulance taking a dead body into the clinic. Could it be the set up for another FRIGHT NIGHT movie?! Oh, please! Oh, please! Oh, please! Bond vs. vampires!!! That'd be awesome! No, it's just some evil henchmen working on a body double to use in their plot to steal two nuclear weapons. Bond investigates, but it's all after the fact because they've already stolen the bombs and unless the government pays up $280 million they are going to blow up an undisclosed city. Bond isn't going to stand for that kind of shit, so he follows the clues of the dead body and goes to the Bahamas to seduce the dead guy's sexy sister and pump some information out of her.

Beautiful tropical locations, lots of underwater shenanigans, sharks and even more sharks, cleavage, bigger budget, it's all pretty fun, but a little too long.  Still worth a watch.

Two thunderballs out of five.

Part 1 - Dr. No (1962)
Part 2 - From Russia With Love (1963)
Part 3 - Goldfinger (1964)
Part 5 - You Only Live Twice (1967)
Part 6 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Part 7 - Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Part 8 - Live and Let Die (1973)
Part 9 - The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Part 10 - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Part 11 - Moonraker (1979)
Part 12 - For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Part 13 - Octopussy (1983)
Part 14 - A View to a Kill (1985)
Part 15 - The Living Daylights (1987)
Part 16 - License to Kill (1989)
Part 17 - GoldenEye (1995)
Part 18 - Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Part 19 - The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Part 20 - Die Another Day (2002)
Part 21 - Casino Royale (2006)
Part 22 - Quantum of Solace (2008)
Part 23 - Skyfall (2012)
Part 24 - Spectre (2015)
Part 25 - No Time to Die (2021)

Non-Eon James Bond films:
Casino Royale (1967)
Never Say Never (1983)