Thunderball (1965)

Terence Young directs Sean Connery, Claudine Auger and Adolfo Celi in this fourth 007 spy adventure where a SPECTRE agent steals two nukes and holds NATO to ransom.

Here it is – plodding, directionless Thunderball. My least favourite Bond. Connery phones it in, the story take an hour to get going, the underwater “action” sequences move at deathly pace. The Bond girls are sexy and glamorous – Fiona Volpe’s redheaded assassin is the only real spark of life. The best action sequence involves her (a chase around a carnival and nightclub) and even that ends with a non-committal shrug. I’ll probably never watch Thunderball again, and there’s no other Bond I’d consider typing that about.

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