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4. Thunderball
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The first of the aquatic Bond films, 'Thunderball' had a budget of $5.6m spent mostly on the incredible underwater sets and photography. Some of the unique gadgetry supplied by Q includes the jet pack which propels Bond into a unique flying escape.

When casting the role of beautiful Bond girl, Domino, English actress Julie Christie was considered for the role but it was eventually offered to former Miss France, Claudine Auger, who was thought to have more of the assets required for the voluptuous role.

SPECTRE needs money and hatches a plan to hold Britain to ransom. They hijack a Vulcan bomber carrying two atomic bombs on board and threaten to detonate the bombs unless £100m in uncut diamonds is delivered. All '00' agents are put on the case but only James Bond has a lead which takes him to Nassau and a confrontation with Emilio Largo, his shark-infested swimming pool and his mistress Domino, in the search for the submerged stolen weapons.

Official website plot synopsis

The thrills never let up as James Bond dives into this riveting adventure filled with explosive confrontations and amazing underwater action sequences. As Agent 007, Sean Connery brings his characteristic style, humor and magnetism to one of the most exciting films of the phenomenally popular series.

In a bold and deadly scheme, the evil SPECTRE organization hijacks a NATO plane and seizes two atomic warheads, each capable of killing millions of innocent people. As the world is held hostage by the threat of a nuclear nightmare, Bond jumps into action, racing against the clock as the trail leads him to tropical Nassau. There he meets Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi), a high-ranking agent of SPECTRE, and the stunning Domino (Claudine Auger), with whom Bond shares an irresistible attraction. The confrontation builds to an epic battle on the ocean floor, as Bond and his allies fight to avert a catastrophe of disastrous proportions.
From 007's thrilling jet-pack flight to his heart-stopping clash with Largo's killer sharks, Thunderball is a stupendous mixture of action, romance and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Claudine Auger as 'Domino Derval'
Martine Beswick as 'Paula Caplan'
Molly Peters as 'Patricia Fearing'
Adolfi Celi as 'Emilio Largo'
Luciana Paluzzi as 'Fiona Volpe'
Guy Doleman as 'Count Lippe'
George Pravda as 'Ladislav Kutze'
Paul Stassino as 'Angelo Palazzi'
Philip Locke as 'Vargas'
Bill Cummings as 'Quist'
Bob Simmons and Rose Alba as 'Jacques Boitier'
Anthony Dawson as 'Ernst Stavro Blofeld'
Rik Van Nutter as 'Felix Leiter'
Earl Cameron as 'Pinder'
Desmond Llewelyn as 'Q'
Bernard Lee as 'M'
Lois Maxwell as 'Miss Moneypenny'

Title song: 'Thunderball' performed by Tom Jones