Thunderball ★★★

Bond-a-thon 2017.

How can Thunderball, that chipper island adventure film, have some of the most ghastly violence in the whole Bond series? Think about it. Henchmen are exploded, boiled alive, harpooned, torn limb from limb by sharks, and just die horribly at the bottom of the sea. Meanwhile, Connery blithely drifts along, rattling off some new quip every few minutes. Plenty of deep cuts like “See you later… alligator.” He’s probably more sarcastic here than he was during his entire run, exceeding even the glorious apathy of Diamonds are Forever.

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