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Thunderball
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James Bond - Sean Connery
Aston Martin DB5
Underwater propulsion backpack


Date of Release

December 29th 1965, the London Pavilion and simultaneously at the Rialto, Piccadilly, London.

Running Time
130 minutes

James Bond
Sean Connery

Plot
The criminal organisation SPECTRE hijack an RAF Vulcan bomber and hold the Western World to ransom with its deadly cargo of atomic bombs.

Bond’s Women
Domino Vitale (Claudine Auger)
Patricia Fearing (Molly Peters)
Mlle. Le Porte (Mitsouko)

Bond’s Enemies
Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi)
Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Anthony Dawson – voice of Eric Pohlmann)
Vargas (Philip Locke)
Janni (Michael Brennan)
Jacques Boitier (Bob Simmons)
Latislav Kutze (George Pravda)
Angelo Palazzi (Paul Stassino)

Bond’s Allies
Felix Leiter (Rik Van Nutter)
Paula Catlin (Martine Beswick)
Pinder (Earl Cameron)
‘M’ (Bernard Lee)
Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell)
‘Q’ (Desmond Llewelyn)

Bond's Car
Aston Martin DB5

Bond’s Gadgets
Bell-Textron Jet Pack.
Underwater propulsion backpack with exploding spearheads.
Underwater breathing device.

Main Title Music
‘Thunderball’ sung by Tom Jones

End Title Music
‘The James Bond Theme’

Music Score
John Barry

Production Design
Ken Adam

Main Titles Designer
Maurice Binder

Supervising Editor
Peter Hunt

Screenplay
Richard Maibaum & John Hopkins
Based on an original story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham & Ian Fleming

Director of Photography
Ted Moore

Director
Terence Young

Presenters
*Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli
The listing shown is contractual for the Eastern Hemisphere and is reversed for the Western Hemisphere

Producer
Kevin McClory

Filming Locations
Pinewood Studios, England
Bahamas
Château Vaux le Vicomte, Maincy, France
Miami, Florida, USA
Nassau, Bahamas
Paris, France

Budget
$5.5 million

Worldwide Box Office
$141.2 million

Worldwide Box Office Gross Income 2002 inflation-adjusted
$807 million
(the highest-grossing Bond film of all time!)

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Thunderball - Gunbarrel
Thunderball - Title
Domino Vitale (Claudine Auger)
Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi)
Underwater breathing device.