Friday, October 19, 2012

The 10 Best Moments from Thunderball (1965): Countdown to Skyfall— Nov. 9th!

Spoilers, of course. Although at times I've been purposefully oblique: if you're a fan, you'll get the references.

Here's my list of the top ten best moments from Thunderball. I've tried to pick actual individual moments rather than sequences. What are your favorite moments?

10. With a casual jab of the elbow, Bond sets off the fire alarm at Shrublands.

9. Bond's reaction to seeing Q in the field, solidifying the two character's relationship with one another for the rest of the series.

8. Bond tricks Largo's henchmen into shooting at each other.

7. When Fiona Volpe in the tub asks Bond to give her something to put on, Bond brings over her shoes.

6. Count Lippe cranks up the lever of the "rack" to maximum on Bond.

5. Underwater, Largo eliminates greedy Derval-imposter Angelo by cutting his air line.

4. Bond shows up Largo skeet shooting: "It seems terribly difficult..."


3. Number 9 learns the penalty of embezzling from SPECTRE.

2. Bond gives Vargas the point.

1. 007 makes his escape in the pre-title sequence via jet pack.

Thunderball has always been for me the most underrated of the films.  I consider it one of the very best entries in the series, with Connery's most assured performance as 007.

For good measure, what I think is the worst moment from Thunderball: actually there really aren't any, although I'm always a little disappointed that Bond doesn't get to use his car gadgets when Fiona does his dirty work for him (on the motorcycle).

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