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. (In the commentary, actor Desmond Llewllyn complained that his favorite part of the Q scene ended up on the cutting-room floor; perhaps the explanation was part of that bit.)
  • 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 themes (the latter was called "Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and subsequently rerecorded by Dionne Warwick after there were problems with Bassey's singing). Both of them are pretty good in their own ways (though the Cash one feels a bit out-of place since it's country).
      • The film was set to go with Warwick's version of the theme, but at the last minute the producers insisted that, no, the theme had to have the word "Thunderball" in it, so a new song was hastily written to be recorded by Tom Jones and parts of the film were rescored to feature the instrumental version of that song as a leitmotif. An instrumental version of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is heard at various points during the movie as a kind of secondary leitmotif. The producers planned to use the Warwick version of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" over the end credits, until Shirley Bassey sued.
      • The Dionne Warwick "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is featured in its entirety on the secondary commentary track of the Thunderball laserdisc/DVD/Blu-ray.
      • Sometimes one likes to imagine that in a Alternate Universe Cash's music is the theme for a Wild Wild West movie starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin...
  • 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. Quite frankly, he looks like he's humping the table.
    • 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.
    • This is true on a larger level, too. Due to a dispute with her agent, Fearing's actress Molly Peters was unable to follow up on the career bump even one-scene Bond girls usually got—she never landed another major film role.
  • 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. The "no means yes" style smile does not make it easier to watch.
  • What an Idiot: It's probably not terribly wise to go around wearing the logo of an international terrorist organization on an oversized ring if you don't want to tip off the secret agent you just picked up that you're working for the enemy.
  • Woobie: Domino, she's the mistress of a sadist, her brother gets murdered and Bond is using her to get to Largo.

The novel:

  • Fetish Retardant: Bond and Domino get turned on by sucking out sea urchin venom. Eew.
  • Older than You Think: Bond gets sent to Shrublands to "detox".
  • Values Dissonance: Bond is impressed by Domino, because she "drives like a man". (In the movie, he says she "swims like a man.")