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Basics Critics:69Viewers:69Rusty:77
Category: Action/Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Spy film, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Spy film, Action Film, Thriller, Action Thriller, Adventure Film, Science Fiction, Crime FictionMain subject: aviationNarrative location: London, Paris, England, Miami, The BahamasRuntime: 129 - 130 minutesColor: colorLanguage: English, FrenchCountry: United KingdomFilming location: Paris, The Bahamas, Florida, MiamiDirector: Terence YoungScreenwriter: Richard Maibaum, John Hopkins, Jack Whittingham, Kevin McClory, Ian FlemingBased on: ThunderballMusic: John BarryCinematography: Ted MooreStars: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Rik Van Nutter, Guy Doleman, Molly Peters, Martine Beswick, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn Producer: Kevin McCloryStudio: Eon ProductionsAwards won: Academy Award for Best Visual EffectsAward details: (details at IMDb)

Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, which in turn was based on an original screenplay by Jack Whittingham. It was directed by Terence Young with screenplay by Richard Maibaum and John Hopkins. The film follows Bond's mission to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE, which holds the world ransom for £100 million in diamonds, in exchange for not destroying an unspecified major city in either England or the United States. The search leads Bond to the Bahamas, where he encounters Emilio Largo, the card-playing, eye-patch-wearing SPECTRE Number Two. Backed by CIA agent Felix Leiter and Largo's mistress, Domino Derval, Bond's search culminates in an underwater battle with Largo's henchmen. The film had a complex production, with four different units and about a quarter of the film consisting of underwater scenes.Thunderball was the first Bond film shot in widescreen Panavision and the first to have over a two-hour running time.

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