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James Bond's Best and Worst: Peter Travers Ranks All 24 Movies

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'Thunderball' (1965)


Thunderball
Courtesy Everett Collection
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The fourth Bond film benefitted from its biggest budget yet, and the special effects deserved the Oscar they won. Connery again exudes the charm and charisma to rise above the new influx of gimmicks that threatened to weaken the series until the Daniel Craig years. The underwater battles, as 007 races to the Bahamas to snatch a sunken nuclear bomb from the clutches of SPECTRE baddie Largo (Adolfo Celi) and his sizzling mistress, Domino (Claudine Auger), are excitingly staged. Tom Jones thunders through the title song, but  what you can't forget is Bond in Largo's shark pool.


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