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Thunderball (1965) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by Terence Young and produced by Kevin McClory, Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli.

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Thunderball (1965)

By Beatrice on Aug 13, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Thunderball Directed by Terence Young Written by Richard Malbaum, John Hopkins, and Jack Whittingham from an original story by Ian Fleming et al 1965/UK Repeat viewing/Netflix rental James Bond: Wait ’til you get to my teeth. The gadgetry is taken to new levels in the fifth of the Bond series.... Read full article


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[Placing Fiona's body in a chair after she is shot on the dance floor]
James Bond: Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She's just dead.


[after shooting Vargas with a spear gun]
James Bond: I think he got the point.


Miss Moneypenny: James, how else will you recognize her?
James Bond: Can't miss. She has two moles on her left thigh.


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The large ship that fires a cannon at the Disco Volante at the end can be identified as the Royal Navy frigate HMS Rothesay from its pennant number (F 107).
The Shrublands resort was actually a converted hotel near Pinewood Studios.
Kevin McClory, Ian Fleming and Jack Whittingham collaborated in 1959 on an original story and screenplay for what would have been the very first 007 film, entitled "James Bond, Secret Agent". McClory reportedly wanted Richard Burton to play James Bond. But reportedly, after an unrelated film by Kevin McClory bombed, Ian Fleming changed his mind and backed out of the partnership with McClory.Fleming had previously cannibalized plots prepared for two other abandoned Bond spin-off projects, a newspaper comic strip and a television series, for 007 novels, and similarly turned this one into his novel "Thunderball". However, in this case his right to do so was not so clear. When Harry Saltzman bought the film rights to the Bond novels from Fleming and went into partnership with Albert R. Broccoli, McClory initiated legal action, resulting in Dr. No rather than Thunderball becoming the first Bond film. Although this production is a fairly faithful adaptation of the published novel, McClory's suit resulted in only the earlier screenplay being credited as source material. McClory's producer cred
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