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The underwater battle at the end is truly a sight to behold
Terence Young returns for one last engagement with Thunderball, his last word on the Bond universe, or if you will, his version of the Goldfinger model. While it has some excellent set pieces, everything seems to go on just a little bit too long, and the whole comes off as padded and indulgent (one of the two commentaries features interviews with the editor talking about how the producers made him extend the iconic underwater fight scene and other bits he would have lopped off for pacing reasons). It's not so bad when you watch a number of these back to back, mind you, because each location (including the teasers) become like shorter episodes, some related to a larger story, some not, though it means I can't always quite tell which bit was in which movie sometimes. Thunderball is clearly trying to top Goldfinger in every way and I can't say it doesn't succeed. It's just trying way too hard and forgets itself sometimes.
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This movie ranks #32 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
This movie ranks #80 in Time Out's The 101 Best Action Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #210 in Marshall Julius's Action! The Action Movie A-Z
This movie ranks #900 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die