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YMMV: Thunderball

The film:

  • Asspull: Q never once explains to Bond that the infra-red underwater camera has a built-in Geiger counter (only that the watch does) which comes as something of a surprise when Domino uses it later on in the film.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The theme. Tom Jones actually passed out after holding that really long note at the end.
    • Johnny Cash and Shirley Bassey also recorded their own themes (the latter was called "Mr Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang"); the Tom Jones one was just deemed the best. But both of them are pretty good in their own ways (though the Cash one is a bit out-of place since its country).
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The fight between SPECTRE agents and Navy SEALs is momentarily interrupted when they're attacked by a shark, which is promptly driven off.
    • Which isn't all that strange when you consider the amount of people who'd been shot with harpoons at that point.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Fiona Volpe.
  • Narm:
    • Bond clobbering the SPECTRE agent in the opening is basically a well staged and hard hitting fight scene but it's undermined by the fact that the SPECTRE agent is in DRAG.
    • Bond on the overcranked stretching machine Death Trap is supposed to be something that has the audience on the edge of their seats, but it just looks ridiculous.
    • The name "Disco Volante". Yes, it means "Flying Saucer" in Italian, but "disco" has other connotations nowadays.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Patricia Fearing the nurse, especially when she's being massaged.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The plot using a nuclear weapon to extort a ransom was considered a unique idea when this film came out, now it's arguably the most cliched Evil Plan in the book.
  • Shameful Strip: Bond arguably does this to Patricia the nurse— in a public sauna of all places— when he blackmails her into having sex with him (see Unfortunate Implications below). The "no means yes" style smile does not make it easier to watch.
  • Unfortunate Implications: As addressed on the main page under Sexual Extortion, it appears that Bond has it so bad for poor nurse Patricia Fearing that when she's genuinely afraid of losing her job over the stretching machine incident he blackmails her into having sex with him. True she initially says no with a smile as if to imply that "no means yes" but it doesn't really change the fact that Bond sexually humiliated Patricia by forcing her to degrade and disrobe herself— in a public sauna no less— just for his own satisfaction. The fact that later on she appears to be happy as a clam after their tryst is meant to reassure the audience that the encounter and feelings were consensual and mutual and that no real harm was done to her just comes off being more disturbing as Bond massages her naked body.
    • The film also tries to mitigate it by having Bond not intentionally make the threat (when he says someone is going to be sorry it happened, he's talking about whoever sent the assassin), though it's undermined when he decides to completely roll with Patricia's misunderstanding.
  • Woobie: Domino, she's the mistress of a sadist, her brother gets murdered and Bond is using her to get to Largo.

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