I hope everyone is having a good start to March. I genuinely want to apologize to everyone who expected a review last week. Unfortunately I had a particular intense mental health spike and had to take a very needed mental health break. Thankfully I am feeling much better and can hopefully return to regular releases of these articles for at least the next few months (until my Summer Break in June).
With that said, let's get started on this weeks film to examine. EON Productions' 1961 classic spy thriller, Thunderball.
Going to be entirely honest here, Thunderball's backstory is almost more memorable than the movie itself. The film was involved in a series of legal battles over the rights to the story, which a pair of collaborators of Ian Fleming's accused the author of stealing from them. The results of this legal battle would result in not only a delay in Thunderball's release but also the release of a non-EON adaptaion of the same story in Never Say Never Again in 1983 by Warner Bros.
This means that, in some ways, Thunderball is one of only two Bond films to have received multiple adaptations, besides the parody adaptation of Casino Royale produced in 1967.
It's just a shame that in my opinion, Thunderball isn't nearly as memorable as its predecessor Goldfinger. And as you will see, this is rather strange when one considers how many elements of the film have gone on to be staples of the spy genre or parodies therein.
- Directed by Terrence Young
- Produced by EON Productions
- MPAA Rating: PG
- Running Time: 130 Minutes