11 Things You Learn Rewatching Thunderball
So. Much. Water.
Our weekly series of revisiting every single James Bond movie continues, following up last week's deep-dive into Goldfinger with Bond's fourth outing, the 1965 spy romp Thunderball.
The final Bond film directed by Terence Young - who helmed Dr. No and From Russia with Love but chose to sit-out Goldfinger - Thunderball is certainly not up to the iconic standard of its predecessors, but it more-or-less delivers the goods that fans expect.
Not all of the film's choices work - though it has plenty of unapologetic defenders - it at least isn't resting on the series' laurels, attempting to take the action to daring new heights and basically amping up the franchise's stylistic aplomb with a colossal $9 million budget (triple that of any prior Bond film).
There are uncomfortable, frustrating and unintentionally funny scenes, for sure, but Connery's charm remains very much in tact, and at the end of the day it's still a totally rock solid Bond movie (especially considering some of the dreck that followed)...