Thunderball (1965)

Thunderball (1965)

Directed by: Terence Young

Starring: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi

Thunderball has an interesting and storied history behind it. Assuming, of course, that you find petty copyright battles to be interesting. Since you’re reading this site, I’m gonna go ahead and assume that you don’t want me to get into it, so I won’t (if you are interested, Wikipedia has the whole thing laid out in very bleak, uninteresting terms for you).

James Bond has to stop a fat guy with an eyepatch and a hot girlfriend who works for the evil organization SPECTRE. This guy’s plan involves stealing some nukes and holding the world hostage from his huge boat, the Disco Volante. There are fights in parades and an extended underwater sequence, and in the end (SPOILER ALERT) James Bond saves the day.

I blame Thunderball for every film that’s ever had an underwater fight scene in it. It wasn’t the first, but it was definitely extremely popular and influential. As the guys from MST3K said best, “underwater fight scenes are like the drum solo of movies.” They’re just huge, awful tracts of film that bog the whole thing down. That being said, the underwater fight scene in Thunderball is probably the best of the lot, but I’m still mad.

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