Parents' Guide to

Thunderball

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Even James Bond can miss his mark.

Movie PG 1965 129 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Fantastic

Highly recommend this movie, I loved it as a kid and still love it until this day, the action scenes are so awesome, villian is great and its just so entertaining!
age 13+

Good story, but bad pacing

I feel like this is one of Connery's weaker bond films, even though the theme song is one of my favorites in the franchise so far. While the story was interesting to watch, I agree with CSM that it dragged during some of the underwater scenes, which was disappointing because they were well-filmed. Concerning sexual content, there is the usual making out with women, and maybe the worst it gets is when Bond takes a woman and seduces her and takes off her clothes (we only see her back, and behind some blurry glass). Some notable scenes of action violence include an underwater shootout with harpoons, other gunshots above water, and a suicide. Overall, not as inappropriate as other Bond films, but not as well-executed either. 6.5/10

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (31 ):

Thunderball bored the socks off adventure-hungry kids in the 60s, and time hasn't done it any favors. Sean Connery plays an admirable Bond, but he doesn't have enough opportunity to cap off his victories with suave witticisms. Tossed out with a deadpan, these comic touches are a hallmark of the series. Without many of these moments, the adventure seems lackluster.

This installment in the series doesn't follow the usual formula of pitting the debonair favorite against a cunning adversary. This time, Bond chases a lackey, a Number Two, and spends much of his time on a global egg hunt for a downed plane. The real crippler, though, is that much of the action takes place underwater. Although the cinematography is advanced for its day, the slow, unwieldy underwater fight scenes don't deliver a requisite adrenaline rush. Oddly, the scenes are cross-cut with shots of disinterested sea life, as if to suggest that director Terence Young was more interested in fish and lobsters than he was in the action sequences.

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