Thunderball ★★★

There's an Onion Headline, "Woman Takes Short Half-Hour Break From Being Feminist To Enjoy TV Show." That's me watching a James Bond movie.
"Thunderball" is solidly mediocre, nothing particularly bad, but nothing remarkable either. For a James Bond movie, it's kind of a snoozefest. Even the worst Bond movies, I would never describe as boring, but I would "Thunderball". It's much too long and the pacing is slow. Too much time is spent at that stupid spa. It takes forty minutes to get to Nassau. The underwater photography is gorgeous. But it was hard to track the action and get any sense of propulsion. It's hard when everyone is wearing identical diving suits and look the same. I found the female SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe to be an intriguing character and a match for Bond. "But of course, I forgot your ego, Mr. Bond. James Bond, the one where he has to make love to a woman, and she starts to hear heavenly choirs singing. She repents, and turns to the side of right and virtue. But not this one." She has his number. She was much more interesting to watch on screen than Largo.
My rating- I'm kind of waffling between 2.5. and 3. Neither of those ratings truly feel right in my heart. I think it's more of a 2.7 or a 2.8 and so I rounded up.

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