Date of Release December 29th 1965, the London Pavilion and simultaneously at the Rialto, Piccadilly, London.

Running Time 130 minutes

Starring Sean Connery as Ian Fleming’s James Bond

The criminal organisation SPECTRE hijack an RAF Vulcan bomber and hold the Western World to ransom with its deadly cargo of atomic bombs.

Bond’s Women

  • Domino Vitale (Claudine Auger)
  • Patricia Fearing (Molly Peters)
  • Mlle. Le Porte (Mitsouko)

Bond’s Enemies

  • Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi)
  • Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi)
  • Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Anthony Dawson – voice of Eric Pohlmann)
  • Vargas (Philip Locke)
  • Janni (Michael Brennan)
  • Jacques Boitier (Bob Simmons)
  • Latislav Kutze (George Pravda)
  • Angelo Palazzi (Paul Stassino)

Bond’s Allies

  • Felix Leiter (Rik Van Nutter)
  • Paula Catlin (Martine Beswick)
  • Pinder (Earl Cameron)
  • ‘M’ (Bernard Lee)
  • Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell)
  • ‘Q’ (Desmond Llewelyn)

Bond’s Car Aston Martin DB5

Bond’s Gadgets

  • Bell-Textron Jet Pack.
  • Underwater propulsion backpack with exploding spearheads.
  • Underwater breathing device.

Main Title Music ‘Thunderball’ sung by Tom Jones

End Title Music ‘The James Bond Theme’

Music Score John Barry

Production Design Ken Adam

Main Titles Designer Maurice Binder

Supervising Editor Peter Hunt

Screenplay Richard Maibaum & John Hopkins
Based on an original story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham & Ian Fleming

Director of Photography Ted Moore

Director Terence Young

Presenters *Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli
The listing shown is contractual for the Eastern Hemisphere and is reversed for the Western Hemisphere

Producer Kevin McClory

Filming Locations

  • Pinewood Studios, England
  • Bahamas
  • Château Vaux le Vicomte, Maincy, France
  • Miami, Florida, USA
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Paris, France

Budget $5.5 million

Worldwide Box Office $141.2 million

Worldwide Box Office Gross Income 2002 inflation-adjusted $807 million
(the highest-grossing Bond film of all time!)

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