Characters: Thunderball

Characters specific to Thunderball. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.

Emilio Largo

Played by: Adolfo Celi

The second-in-command of SPECTRE and architect / supervisor of the events inside the book/movie. He is a brutal sadist.

Dominique "Domino" Derval

Played by: Claudine Auger

Emilio Largo's mistress and the sister of François Derval, the NATO pilot who was killed and impersonated by Angelo Palazzi.

Fiona Volpe

Played by: Luciana Paluzzi

A high-ranking SPECTRE assassin who is charged with seeing Largo's operation through.

Number One (Ernst Stavro Blofeld)

Played by: Anthony Dawson
Voiced by: Eric Pohlman

The mysterious chief of the SPECTRE organisation.

Paula Caplan

Played by: Martine Beswick

Bond's ally in Nassau.

Patricia Fearing

Played by: Molly Peters

A physiotherapist at Shrublands Clinic.


Played by: Phillip Locke

Largo's personal assistant and henchman.


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.

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  • 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

Played by: George Pravda

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. It is likely that he perished, as his last words were "I never learned to swim," to which Bond replied "never too late to learn" before throwing him a life preserver.

Angelo Palazzi

Played by: Paul Stassino

SPECTRE operative trained and surgically modified to impersonate French military officer Colonel and pilot François Derval.

Count Lippe

Played by: Guy Doleman

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.

Colonel Jacques Bouvar

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.