Thunderball

Anniversary of Thunderball publication in UK [1961]

March 27th, 2017 by

After an experimental bomber is stolen mid flight and two atomic weapons fall into the hands of SPECTRE, 007 is sent to The Bahamas to find the bombs before it is too late.

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Birthday of actress Molly Peters from Thunderball [1939]

March 15th, 2017 by

Molly Peters who played nurse Patricia Fearing in Thunderball (1965) was born on 15th March 1939 in Suffolk. Playing a nurse who works at Shrublands, the health clinic 007 visits at the beginning of the film, Peters has the distinction of being the first actress in the James Bond film series to be seen removing her […]

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Birthday of 007 editor and director Peter Hunt [1925]

March 11th, 2017 by

The editor of the early James Bond films and director of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Peterf Hunt, was born on 11th March 1925 in London. Hunt was editor on the first four Bond films and introduced a fast paced style that helps lend a unique style to the series. On You Only Live Twice he directed […]

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

February 19th, 2017 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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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Thunderball on BBC Radio 4 this Saturday

December 8th, 2016 by

On Saturday BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a radio production of Thunderball, staring Toby Stephens as James Bond. Directed by Martin Jarvis, who also appears as Ian Fleming, and produced by Rosalind Ayres, the radio play will also feature Tom Conti as Largo, Alfred Molina as Blofeld and Janet Montgomery as Domino. Thunderball was Ian Fleming’s ninth James Bond […]

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Rare 007 posters in late November auction

November 7th, 2016 by

A collection of four posters featuring Sean Connery as 007 are to be auctioned later this month by Bonhams. The lot numbers for these posters are 819 (Dr No), 820 (Goldfinger), 821 (Thunderball) and 822 (From Russia With Love). The latter two are from Italy. Also up for auction are a Tom Ford suit worn […]

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Birthday of Martine Beswick from Thunderball [1941]

September 26th, 2016 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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