Characters / Thunderball

Characters specific to the novel and James Bond film Thunderball. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.


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    Largo 

Emilio Largo

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"You wish to put the evil eye on me, eh? We have a way to deal with that where I come from."

Played by: Adolfo Celi

"But you are hunting me, my dear fellow. You are pursuing me. What is this? Vendetta?"

The Number 2 of SPECTRE and architect/supervisor of the events inside the book/movie. He is a brutal sadist and ruthless criminal.
  • Bad Boss: He has Quist thrown in his Shark Pool for failing him and later close the pool when Bond is fighting a mook down there, leaving them both for the sharks. He also shoots a potential traitor three times during a tense meeting in the book.
  • Cool Boat: He owns a yacht, the Disco Volante. A luxurious craft decked out with sleeping quarters, living areas and many other luxuries, it also possesses a number of smaller underwater submarine craft and its front part is a detachable hydrofoil.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: As the number two of SPECTRE, he's The Dragon for the organization, but serves as the Big Bad of the book/movie.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears an eyepatch over his eye and is the number two of SPECTRE.
  • Face of a Thug: Downplayed in that "scary-looking" would be kind of a stretch for him, but he's still a bad guy with an eyepatch, of all things. It certainly gives an unique first impression.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He keeps his socialite manners for most of the film, but when things go south, he tortures Domino and tries to kill Bond after his plan is completely foiled.
  • The Heavy: His direct actions are the primary focus of the story of the book/movie.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Like Vargas, he gets speared, but in Largo's case, it's a spear in the back.
  • Karmic Death: Shot In the Back with a Harpoon Gun by his own mistress. If, for some reason, that didn't kill him, the explosive crash of his hydrofoil did.
  • Kick the Dog: Torturing Domino for several hours.
  • Kingpin in His Gym: He enjoys skeet shooting with Fiona Volpe.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Always well-dressed, has a large estate in Nassau and owns a yacht.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Well, lunch. He invites Bond for lunch.
  • Number Two: In the SPECTRE organization, just below Number One (Blofeld).
  • Red Right Hand: One of the cases where the film is more down-to-earth than the book. In the book, Largo has an abnormally large head and hands, and pointed ears. In the film, he has a simpler (and more iconic) eyepatch.
  • Shark Pool: Possibly the Trope Codifier: He's shown to have one where he throws mooks who have failed him.
  • Sore Loser: He tries to kill Bond once his plan is foiled. This is made even more notable in that his henchmen actually surrender after the battle in the climax.
  • The Starscream: The book illustrates that he would have taken over from Blofeld in the event of the latter's death.
  • Supervillain Lair: His yacht. Remarkably low-key for a Bond villain.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: His reaction to one of his fellow SPECTRE boardmembers being electrocuted.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: His proposed torture of Domino wouldn't work in life but seems designed to be sexually dominating.
  • Torture Technician: Uses a cigarette and ice to torture Domino.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Apparently a renowned socialite.
  • Wicked Cultured: Has a large estate in Nassau.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: Owns a yacht, the Disco Volante ("Flying Saucer"). Its front part is a detachable hydrofoil.

     Domino 

Dominique "Domino" Derval (film) / Domino Vitali (novel)

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"So... what sharp little eyes you've got!"

Played by: Claudine Auger

"You don't get far in the Italian theatre by being able to walk about with a book balanced on your head."

In the film, Dominique "Domino" Derval is Emilio Largo's French mistress and the sister of François Derval, the NATO pilot who was killed and impersonated by Angelo Palazzi. In the novel, Domino Vitali is a former Italian actress and the sister of Giuseppe Petacchi, who was secretly murdered by Largo.

     Fiona Volpe 

Fiona Volpe

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"James Bond, the one where he has to make love to a woman, and she starts to hear heavenly choirs singing. She repents, and turns to the side of right and virtue... but not this one!"

Played by: Luciana Paluzzi

A high-ranking SPECTRE assassin who is charged with seeing Largo's operation through.
  • Badass Driver: At one point, Fiona drives at high speed (with Bond as her passenger) without breaking a sweat. It says something that Bond ends up a little unnerved by the experience.
  • The Baroness: A female bad guy with a chilly disposition, she steers more towards the sexpot variety, although unlike most examples, her ice facade doesn't crack one bit.
  • Buxom Is Better: She has a very ample cleavage, although she's still terrifying.
  • Corporate Samurai: Meets much of the criteria. Orders around mooks including Count Lippe, negotiates a new deal with Angelo and has a strange Not So Different relationship with Bond.
  • Dark Action Girl: Blows up Lippe with a motorcycle.
  • Dark Chick: She's charged with overseeing Largo's operation.
  • The Dragon: She is a little too independent to qualify as Largo's dragon.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Bond certainly seems to think so after the really fast drive she gives him.
  • Duel of Seduction: Bond and Fiona both fail.
  • Evil Redhead: She's a redhead and Largo's right hand.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Like most Bond girls, she's charming to Bond, but once her cover is blown up, she's absolutely spiteful of him.
  • Femme Fatale: Seemingly her speciality in SPECTRE. She drove François Derval to his doom, and tried the same with Bond.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Wears a blue feather boa.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: A redhead to whom Bond is attracted.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Averted. She's the lone female among the cast of villains, but she doesn't switch sides, and even mocks Bond telling him that she will not.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She's killed by the bullet meant for Bond when he sees the shooter.
  • Honey Trap: She's a specialist in setting them.
  • Karmic Death: Shot by her own henchman.

    SPECTRE Number One 
See his character sheet here.

     Paula Caplan 

Paula Caplan

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Played by: Martine Beswick

A MI-6 operative in Nassau in the film.

     Patricia Fearing 

Patricia Fearing

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"Really? I'd have thought you were just the type for a widow."

Played by: Molly Peters

"Well, it's all over now. And thank heavens nothing's badly strained. Another two days of treatment and you'll be as right as rain."

A physiotherapist at Shrublands Clinic.
  • Black Comedy Rape: One of the most unnerving pieces of Values Dissonance in the series, as Bond actually blackmails her into having sex with him. She had been sternly rebuffing his advances the whole time beforehand. Afterward though she is hopelessly infatuated with Bond and wants more of his manliness. Interestingly, though, Bond is a little freaked out by how infatuated she is with him post-coitus. In the book, Bond simply flirts with her, asks her out and they consensually do it together a few days before he leaves Shrublands.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: It may take a while, but she does warm to Bond.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Her relationship with Bond is this, as she was his therapist.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's an attractive physiotherapist.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's even nude post-coitus, covered only by being down in bed.

     Vargas 

Vargas

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Played by: Phillip Locke

Largo's personal assistant and henchman in the film.

     Quist 

Quist

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Played by: Bill Cummings

Quist is sent by Largo to murder Bond in his Nassau hotel suite, but blundered into a booby-trap the spy had prepared: an audio recorder disguised as a copy of the Nassau telephone directory. Retracing the sound of Quist's activity, Bond finds him hiding in the shower. After scalding him with hot water, the intruder was quickly overpowered. Rather than kill the man, 007 gives him back his pistol and sends him back to Largo with a message: "Tell them the little fish I throw back into the sea." Quist promptly reports back to Largo at Palmyra, only to be thrown into the Shark Pool for his failing his mission.
  • Asshole Victim: Well, he did slip up his mission.
  • Mooks: To Largo.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appears twice before dying.
  • You Have Failed Me: He gets caught by Bond in the hotel, and sent back to Largo with the words, "The little fish I throw back into the sea." He doesn't say this or anything else when Largo questions him about Bond, and Largo realizes immediately that he failed. He then becomes shark food.

     Ladislav Kutze 

Ladislav Kutze

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Played by: George Pravda

"But I am in favour of a most rigorous interrogation. There are certain uses of electricity of which I have knowledge. The human body cannot resist them. If I can be of any service...?"

A Polish nuclear physicist who aids Largo with the captured bombs. He eventually redeems himself by releasing Domino following her torture at Largo's hands and expresses regret over his part in enabling use of the atomic weapons, stating that he had disposed of the arming device by throwing it overboard - thus rendering the bombs harmless. Curiously, his fate is unknown. At the end of the film, Bond (perhaps unintentionally) abandons him somewhere off the coast of Florida. His last words were "I never learned to swim," to which Bond replied "never too late to learn" before throwing him a life preserver.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the book, he was an amoral physicist who had a passion for electrocuting people to test voltages aside nuclear physics. In the film, however, he redeems himself by saving Domino and regretting taking part in Largo's scheme.
  • Bald of Evil: He's described as being bald in the book.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He was horrified that Largo intended to use the bombs, so he disarmed the second one (the first was captured by MI-6). Averted in the book, where he's really enthustiastic about using electricity to torture Domino, although Largo doesn't go along with it.
  • Evil Genius: Zig-zagged in the movie, played straight in the book.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Frees Domino from her hold in the Disco Volante in the film, which allows her to kill Largo.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Only in the movie.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of him, Bond throws him off the Disco Volante with a lifesaver after he reveals that he never learned to swim.

     Angelo Palazzi/Giuseppe Petacchi 

Angelo Palazzi/Giuseppe Petacchi

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"Ciao!"

Played by: Paul Stassino

"Good evening, Good evening. I am delivering one plane in good condition. Please sign here."
Giuseppe Petacchi joking with Largo's henchmen, Thunderball

In the film, Angelo Palazzi is a SPECTRE operative trained and surgically modified to impersonate French military officer Colonel and pilot François Derval. In the novel, the characters of Palazzi and Derval were one in the same individual; Giuseppe Petacchi, an Italian pilot and playboy who defected from Fascist Italy to the Allies in World War II.

  • Ace Pilot: In the book, we get to see him at the controls, and he is indeed a very talented pilot.
  • Bandaged Face: When he is undergoing the plastic surgery necessary to make him look like Major Derval.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Count Lippe was sorely tempted to kill Angelo for demanding his raise, but Angelo smugly points out he's the only person who can do his job. But when word of his behavior reaches Blofeld, Blofeld orders both Angelo and Lippe to be eliminated.
  • Decomposite Character: One half of one with the aforementioned François Derval — in the book, he was a pilot named Giuseppe Petacchi from Fascist Italy (who had kind of an interesting story for which the movie didn't have time) planted on the plane by SPECTRE.
  • Death by Materialism: He's killed after asking Count Lippe and Fiona to increase his reward because he's smugly knows he's the only one who can do the job.
  • Kill and Replace: Gasses the real Derval in his apartment.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: Underwent this at Shrublands; he's played by the same actor who plays Francois.
  • Smug Snake: Before he goes on his mission, he makes Count Lippe and Fiona increase his reward simply because he's the only one who can do their job. This gets him killed when Blofeld and Largo hear of his new demand, but Largo leaves his body, with Francois Derval's face AND personal belongings, in the sunken jet for Bond to find later.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In response to his behavior, he is executed by Largo himself, who cuts his air hose underwater after Palazzi's seat belt jammed. In the book, he gets stabbed through the mouth with a knife by one of Largo's henchmen.

     Count Lippe 

Count Lippe

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"What the hell do you think you're doing?!"

Played by: Guy Doleman

"Goddammit, Beresford. Let me out of this thing. I'm sweating like a pig."

A SPECTRE agent who is charged to guard Angelo Palazzi while the latter recovers from his plastic surgery at Shrublands. There, he tries to kill Bond. His whole experience with Bond, along with Palazzi electing to take advantage of the NATO agreement at the Eleventh Hour for more money, gets both of them killed, with Lippe being blown up in his car by Volpe.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: It is never known why he is a Count.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: If he hadn't tried to kill Bond, SPECTRE's plan might've succeeded.
  • Smug Snake: Had a condescending tone when he traps Bond in a machine, but didn't take the advantage of killing Bond, which is part of the reason that gets him killed and ultimately seals the fate of the NATO project and the top major players (Largo, Volpe, and Vargas) in them.
  • Tattooed Crook: He has a Red Lightning Tong tattoo on the left wrist.
  • Villain Ball: His goof-up with both Bond and Angelo Palazzi starts the chain of events that ultimately derail SPECTRE's NATO project. When the Palazzi incident reaches Largo and Blofeld, the latter orders Lippe's death.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Villain Ball is unforgiving, Count Lippe.

     Colonel Jacques Bouvar 

Colonel Jacques Bouvar

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Played by: Bob Simmons

The villain of the pre-credits sequence and an influential member of SPECTRE (number 6). Bond and his French liason were present at his funeral, investigating his apparent death. As the pair stand on the balcony outside the chapel, Bond observes Bouvar's widow behaving suspiciously. It is revealed that in an attempt to evade reprisals, Colonel Bouvar has faked his death and disguised himself as his own widow. Bond surprises him at his French château, where a fight ensues and ends with Bond breaking his neck and escaping with the jet-pack.

He was played by Bob Simmons, the main stuntman of the Bond franchise until A View to a Kill.


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