When two atomic bombs are stolen by SPECTRE  countdown begins to locate them before time is up; if a ransom is not paid then the warheads will be used against western targets and all available agents are scrambled into action.

James Bond is sent to the Bahamas after spotting a link between pilot Francois Derval and his sister, Domino, who is in Nassau with her “guardian” Emilio Largo.

With Felix Leiter to assist him, Bond finds the Vulcan bomber on which the bombs were carried hidden on the sea bed; however, there is no trace of the bombs themselves which the atomic bombs were carried.

With the clock ticking can they foil SPECTRE’s audacious plot?

What we say

Thunderball has a great plot, great locations, a great villain and some great one liners. Although it has some gadgets they don’t yet overshadow 007.


Original release

Premiere: 9th December 1965 in Tokyo
US: 22nd December 1965
UK: 29th December 1965

Principal crew

Terence Young
Richard Maibaum and John Hopkins
Kevin McClory
John Barry
Ernest Hosler
Production Designer
Ken Adam
Ted Moore


Sean Connery James Bond
Claudine Auger Domino
Adolfo Celi Largo
Luciana Paluzzi Fiona
Rik Van Nutter Felix Leiter
Guy Doleman Count Lippe
Molly Peters Patricia
Martine Beswick Paula
Bernard Lee ‘M’
Desmond Llewelyn ‘Q’
Lois Maxwell Moneypenny
Roland Culver Foreign Secretary
Earl Cameron Pinder
Paul Stassino Palazzi
Rose Alba Madame Boitier
Philip Locke Vargas
George Pravda Kutze
Michael Brennan Janni
Leonard Sachs Group Captain
Edward Underdown Air Vice Marshal
Reginald Beckwith Kenniston
Harold Sanderson Hydrofoil Captain



Aston Martin DB5 Coupe (1965)


  • “I think he got the point.”
  • “Do you know much about guns, Mr. Bond?”
    “No, but I know a little about women.”
  • “What sharp little eyes you have.”
    “Wait till you get to my teeth!”
  • “Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She’s just dead.”

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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