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Thunderball (1965) starring Sean Connery as Ian Fleming's 007

By: Anders Frejdh
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US one sheet poster for Thunderball (1965)
US one sheet poster for Thunderball (1965)Swedish poster for Thunderball (1965)
The criminal organisation SPECTRE hijack an RAF Vulcan bomber and hold the Western World to ransom with its deadly cargo of atomic bombs.

Watch the trailer for Thunderball starring Sean Connery as Ian Fleming's 007:

Swedish title:
Original title:
Second unit director:
John Hopkins and Richard Maibaum. Story by Ian Fleming, Jack Whittingham and Kevin McClory.
Release dates:
17 December 1965 (Sweden)
29 December 1965 (UK)
21 December 1965 (USA)
Plot outline:
The criminal organisation SPECTRE hijack an RAF Vulcan bomber and hold the Western World to ransom with its deadly cargo of atomic bombs.
Academy Award for Best visual effects (John Stears)
130 minutes
Promotional partners:
Filming locations:
Bahamas (Nassau), France (Maincy and Paris), USA (Miami), and Pinewood Studios (England)
Film company:
Production budget:
5,5 Million USD
Sweden Box-office:
UK Box-office:
US Box-office:
64 Million USD accoding to Box Office Mojo
Worldwide Box-office:
141 Million USD (Source: The Numbers)
Adolfo Celi as Largo
Bernard Lee as M
Bill Cummings as Quist
Bob Simmons as Jacques Boitier
Claudine Auger as Domino
Desmond Llewelyn as Q
Earl Cameron as Pinder
Edward Underdown as Air Vice Marshal
George Pravda as Kutee
Guy Doleman as Count Lippe
Leonard Sachs as Group Captain
Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe
Martine Beswicke as Paula Caplan
Maryse Guy Mitsouko as Mademoiselle La Porte
Michael Brennan as Janni
Mollie Peters as Patricia
Paul Stassino as Palazzi
Philip Locke as Vargas
Reginald Beckwith as Kenniston
Rik Van Nutter as Felix Leiter
Roland Culver as Foreign Secretary
Rose Alba as Madame Boitier
Sean Connery as James Bond

Thunderball UK quad poster
The UK quad poster for the film. Copyright © 1965 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.
Albert R. Broccoli & Harry Saltzman and Kevin McClory (producers)
Stanley Sopel (associate producer)
John Barry (film soundtrack composer)
Monty Norman (composer of the James Bond theme)
Tom Jones (singer of the title song)
Don Black (lyricist of "Thunderball")
Ted Moore (Director of Photography)
Film editor:
Production desginer:
Sound designer(s):
Norman Wanstall (dubbing editor)
Costume desginer(s):
Anthony Mendleson
Stills photographer:
James and Linda Swarbrick
Title designer(s):
Maurice Binder
Second unit director:
Gus Agosti (Assistant Director)
Stunt team:
Underwater Sequences Directed By: Ricou Browning
Action Sequences Arranged By: Bob Simmons
Divers & Diving Equipment Supplier: Ivan Tors
Key Stunt Performer (Rocket Belt Pilot): Gordy Yeager

Diving Doubles/Stand-Ins:
For Claudine Auger: Lamar Boren
For Sean Connery: Ian Bulloch

Stunt Doubles:
For Adolfo Celi: John McLaughlin (Underwater)
For Claudine Auger: Evelyn Boren (Underwater)

For Sean Connery:
Frank Cousins (Underwater)
Harold Sanderson (First Fight)
Bob Simmons
Bill Suiter (Flying)
Gordy Yeager (Rocket Belt)

Other Stunt Performers:
Arthur Howell
Bernard Barnslay
Bill Cummings
Bill Sawyer
Courtney Brown
Dick Ziker
Joe Dunne
Richard Graydon
Tim Condren
Tom Clegg
Special effects:
Visual effects:
Distributor in Sweden:
United Artists AB
More information:



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