Adolfo Celi (Emilio Largo) died on this day in 1986

February 19th, 2019 by

Italian actor Adolfo Celi, who played Emilio Largo in Thunderball, died on 19th February 1986 at the age of 63. Celi specialised in playing international villains such as Largo and appeared in more than 100 films. As well as his film work, Celi is also remembered for the role of Rodrigo Borgia in the 1981 BBC serial […]

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Anniversary of UK release of Thunderball [1965]

December 29th, 2018 by

Originally scheduled to open in the UK in October, production delays forced the UK premiere of Thunderball to be delayed until 29th December 1965. Sean Connery’s fourth James Bond movie received a dual premiere. Although Sean Connery missed the event, it was screened both at the London Pavilion and the Rialto, with cast members spit between the […]

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Anniversary of Thunderball’s US premiere [1965]

December 21st, 2018 by

The US premiere of Thunderball, Sean Connery’s fourth James Bond movie, took place at the Manhattan Paramount Theater in New York. Showing off the Bell Textron jet pack that featured in the film, the pilot was arrested as he had failed to acquire the licence required to fly off the roof of the cinema.

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Anniversary of Thunderball world première [1965]

December 9th, 2018 by

The fourth James Bond film, Thunderball, premièred in Tokyo on 9th December 1965. Originally it was to have opened in the UK in October but post-production delays saw Japan as the opening territory. Released at the height of Bondmania, after the effects of inflation are taken to account, Thunderball was to remain the highest grossing Bond film […]

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Collecting 007: Brendan Edwards

October 9th, 2018 by

Australian collector Brendan Edwards talks about his experiences of collecting 007 memorabilia. When and how did you first get bitten by the Bond bug? It was in 1989. I was 17 years old and discovered a copy of Thunderball in my garage. It only took me two days to read and I fell in love […]

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Birthday of Martine Beswick from Thunderball [1941]

September 26th, 2018 by

Martine Beswick, who played one of the two fighting gypsy girls From Russia With Love, Zora, and then Paula Caplan in Thunderball, was born in Port Antonio in Jamaica on 26th September 1941.

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Birthday of Sean Connery [1930]

August 25th, 2018 by

Sean Connery, who played James Bond in six films by Eon Productions as well as Kevin McClory’s Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again, was born in Edinburgh on 25th August 1930. For many fans Connery has never been bettered in the role of 007, bringing to the role the right balance between toughness and wit. Photo: Sean Connery by Georges […]

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Birthday of Adolfo Celi from Thunderball [1922]

July 27th, 2018 by

Adolfo Celi, who played Emilio Largo in Thunderball, was born in Sicily on 27th July 1922. Photo: Adolfo Celi in Amici miei (cropped) by Gawain78 at the Italian Wikipedia project. Licensed under Public Domain.

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Birthday of Luciana Paluzzi from Thunderball [1937]

June 10th, 2018 by

Luciana Paluzzi, who played Fiona Volpe in Thunderball, was born in Rome on 10th June 1937. Photo: Luciana Paluzzi by Enerzone. Licensed under Public Domain.

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Birthday of Rik Van Nutter from Thunderball [1929]

May 1st, 2018 by

Rik Van Nutter, who played Felix Leiter in Thunderball, was born on 1st May 1929. He was the third actor to play the role of the CIA agent.

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