Thunderball ★★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

Thunderball is an amusing and entertaining Bond film. It has, I think, all that is best about Bond: a vicious villain, several seductive girls and, of course, a preposterous plot. The set for the secret headquarters of SPECTRE was especially well done in 'stylish' metal and leather and contrasted magnificently with the classical-style marble conference room of MI6. Bond's use of the gadgets supplied by Q is thorough, without it seeming that the script is deliberately engineered to use every feature of every 'toy'. The underwater fight sequence takes rather a long time, with Bond's rebreather seemingly lasting much longer than designed while he fights off most of the remaining villains himself. The award for preposterousness however must go to the Villain's yacht, the Disco Volante, which separates completely in two. From the rear half of the yacht, a large mounted gun appears from nowhere, whilst the front half becomes a speedy hydrofoil with which the villain tries to make his escape. All in all however, the film was great fun to watch– it seems the magic of 007 will never wear off!