Thunderball Is the Best James Bond Movie, by David Bax

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  1. bob says:

    i came here to disagree with you, but you’re right: this movie has a lot of “good Bond tropes” and not too many bad ones. I think this movie mostly gets ignored now because of how long & slow it is (those underwater scenes go on FOREVER) – but they were novel at the time (remember Sea Hunt?).

    Goldfinger is a near-terrible movie, i never understood why it reigns so many lists. From Russia With Love, and its doppelganger For Your Eyes Only are the real zenith(s) of the franchise.

    FWIW: I don’t include Craig’s movies in the evaluation, since they are done in a completely different style and take on the character.

    • Dan says:

      I agree about Goldfinger, it virtually ends in a library. IMO every Bond film was summed up by Mitch Hedberg, talking about pancakes: “In the beginning I’m all excited, but by the end I’m fucking sick of them.”

  2. Woods Hole Oceanographic says:

    Finally – a vote of confidence in the best movie ever made. Here at the Institute we go on retreat twice a year – the whole staff goes to Coral camp in the summer and Reef camp in the winter. We only take one videocassette with us – due to weight restrictions in the nautilus – and it’s Thunderball – it’s great (those uderwater scenes go on FOREVER). Some of the younger element are trying to persuade the Executive to buy a copy of ‘The Undersea World of Orson Welles’ or ‘Squids!’ with Steve Martin but give me an Esther Williams box-set in a rubber bag or a splash-resistant photograph of a damp Johhny Weismuller and I’m in for the long haul.

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