Thunderball is the fourth James Bond film in the series franchise and was directed by Terrence Young. It was based on the Ian Fleming novel of the same name but only very loosely utilized both the plot and characters.
Both the novel and the filming rights to Thunderball however was the center of a legal dispute and as a result which reverted to Kevin McClory who had collaborated with Ian Fleming on it. McClory would later produce a 1983 remake known as Never Say Never Again, once again starring Sean Connery.
- Sean Connery as James Bond
- Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo
- Claudine Auger as Dominique "Domino" Derval
- Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe
- Rik Van Nutter as Felix Leiter
- Bernard Lee as M
- Guy Doleman as Count Lippe
- Martine Beswick as Paula Caplan
- Molly Peters as Patricia Fearing
- Earl Cameron as Pinder
- Paul Stassino as Francois Derval and Angelo Palazzi
- Desmond Llewelyn as Q
- Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
- Philip Locke as Vargas
- George Pravda as Ladislav Kutze
- Michael Brennan as Janni
- Anthony Dawson as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
- Bill Cummings as Quist
- The famous introductory scene where 007 walks across the screen while being framed by a gun barrel before spinning in place and shooting the gunman was a last minute addition for the first James Bond film, Dr. No and after shooting was completed. As a result, a stuntman Bob Simmons performed the scene and it was reused for the next two films, From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. Thunderball marks the first film where Sean Connery actually performs the opening sequence himself.
- Although the previous James Bond films have been long criticized for their sexual content, Thunderball was the first film where actual nudity was present in the form of the silhouetted girls dancing during the opening title sequence. This was the first James Bond film where it was used and would become a staple of the film franchise, appearing in nearly every single future 007 film.