I have seen the movie many times but the plot is confusing when you pay attention to it, especially the first act:
In the cold open (before Tom Jones sings the terrific theme song), Bond attends the funeral of SPECTRE's Number 6, Jacque Bolvar, who has faked his death and then attends his own funeral in drag as his own grieving widow. Why does he risk this? Bond susses out the ruse, follows him home, and after a furniture-wrecking melee, murders Number Six. Bond recovers from his injuries (getting whacked by Number 6 with a fireplace poker) at a health clinic.
|Hard to be intimidated by a supervillain|
who drives a white Ford T-Bird convertible?
|The actor who plays SPECTRE #5|
also played Delbert Grady in The Shining.
Mr. Angelo visits Major Derval - where SPECTRE agent Fiona has been seducing him - kills the pilot, and replaces him. They bring Derval's corpse to the spa to complete the swap. It's just bad luck for SPECTRE (and clunky screenwriting for the movie) that James Bond is recuperating at the same clinic as your NATO impostor, but it's sloppy espionage to "sneak" a dead body into the clinic in an ambulance, under a red blanket?
Thunderball features Bond at his most predatory. The filmmaker's sexual philosophy seems to be "women don't want to have sex with Bond, but intercourse with Bond is so pleasurable to the woman, by forcing himself on them, he's doing the women a favor - 'you might not think you want to screw me, but you'll be thanking me later.'"
While recuperating at the spa, a SPECTRE agent attempts to kill Bond, but he's saved at the last moment by Pat the masseuse. Pat takes responsibility for the "accident", and Bond exploits this misunderstanding to extort sex from her in exchange for his silence. Thanks to the filmmakers' sexual philosophy, in the aftermath of this sexual bargain, Pat seems to have enjoyed this sex-for-silence deal.
|The band (in the red vests) are "playing" their instruments|
but the filmmakers forgot to add any music for this slow dance scene?
Some scattered thoughts and ideas while rewatching Thunderball:
- I love that the front for SPECTRE's headquarters in Paris is the charitable "International Brotherhood for the Assistance of Stateless Persons" - an especially relevant cause during the Syrian migrant crisis of 2016!
- Everybody in SPECTRE wears octopus signet rings, which seems to give away their membership in this secret cadre, so why do they wear them?
- Every new car in the movie is a Ford or a Lincoln. Largo drives a white T-Bird convertible - in Paris no less - the redhead Fiona drives a sky-blue Mustang convertible, and Bond drives an enormous Continental while visting the Bahamas.
- Great score, and good theme song sung enthusiastically by Tom Jones.
|Love love Q's pineapple-print tropical shirt!|
BOND & BOURNE MOVIES on Stub Hubby
- Dr. No (1962)
- Moonraker & From Russia With Love double feature
- Thunderball, Re-Evaluated (1965
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
- The Roger Moore Era: I think I saw A View To A Kill (1985) in the theater.
- For Your Eyes Only (1981)
- Goldeneye (1995) is the only Brosnan Bond film I saw in the theater.
- Some notes on Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- The Bourne Identity (2002)
- Casino Royale (2006)
- The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
- Quantum of Solace (2008)
- Skyfall (2012)
- The Bourne Legacy (2013)
- SPECTRE (2015)
- Jason Bourne (2016)
- Just How Old Is James Bond, Anyway?