Lost Thunderball watch to be auctioned in June

May 21st, 2013 by

The modified Breitling watch worn by Sean Connery in Thunderball will be auctioned at Christie’s in London on June 26th, when it is expected to sell for as much as £60,000. The watch was modified for use in the film, where it supposedly acted as a Geiger counter to detect the presence of the atomic […]

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Sunspel’s Thunderball swimming trunks

May 15th, 2013 by

January 2014 Note: The swimming shorts identified as being in Thunderball discussed in this article later turned out to be no such thing, despite appearing in the Designing 007 exhibition. In two of the three Daniel Craig Bond movies James Bond has appeared in brief scenes clad in nothing but swim shorts, but going back to […]

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Impact of the Thunderball plagiarism case

April 10th, 2013 by

Just a few days prior to the publication of Thunderball Ian Fleming received the shock news that Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham sought an injunction preventing publication. McClory had read an advance copy of the novel in March 1961 and was infuriated to see that Fleming had based the story on a screenplay written by […]

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The Avro Vulcan bomber from Thunderball

April 3rd, 2013 by

Most readers should be familiar with the plotline of the fourth James Bond movie, Thunderball (1965), which centres around the theft of two atomic bombs following the hijacking of an RAF Vulcan bomber on a training exercise. Of course, in the book the aircraft was a Villiers Vindicator, a fictional experimental plane and later, when […]

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Bond Gadgets That Predicted The Future

November 29th, 2012 by

Intel’s technology blog, IQ by Intel, features an article looking at some early Bond gadgets that were so in advance of their time that they appeared far fetched, but are in use in some form today. The films in question are From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball, with the article discussing mobile phones, GPS, […]

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Terence Young: 50 years of 007 on the big screen

October 14th, 2012 by

Although Ian Fleming will be forever credited with the creation of James Bond, director Terence Young was responsible in many ways for the evolution of the smooth suave agent that people would later fall in love with. Young’s appreciation for tailored suits, fine wines and beautiful women was remarkably similar to that of Bond and […]

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No well dressed man should be without one: the Thunderball Jetpack

March 29th, 2012 by

The world loves Bond but it can be argued that we love his gadgets slightly more. Over the years, movie goers have been thrilled by dozens of impressive gadgets and there are very few of these that are as memorable or as well loved as the Bell-Textron Jet pack. The Bell-Textron Jet pack – or […]

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The Stinger

February 23rd, 2012 by

James Bond is known for his discerning taste in matters of food and drink, but, occasionally, he takes advice from a companion, whether that be M’s thought on wine or a field agent’s opinion of the local hooch. An example of such a drink is The Stinger, which Bond first drinks in Diamonds are Forever.
Bond obviously has a taste for the drink, as, in Thunderball, he orders another one, this time to accompany after-dinner coffee with Leiter at the Nassau Casino. This mix of Brandy and Creme de Menthe is often seen as a good digestif.

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John Barry – a tribute

March 12th, 2011 by

As a tribute to the late John Barry, professional musician Tim Mottershead takes an in-depth look at John Barry’s contribution to the James Bond films.

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January 23rd, 2011 by

Author: Ian Fleming Publication date: 26th March 1956 Publisher: Jonathan Cape Cover artist: Pat Marriott Fleming had been working with Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham on a film project, and when it fell through Fleming turned the material he had into Thunderball. Once published he found himself in court and subsequently lost the case in favour of McClory […]

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