Reel Rumbles #29: “Thunderball” vs. “Never Say Never Again”

Travis McClain

Bats: R, Throws: R. How Acquired: Traded for a player to be named later. I hold a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Louisville, earned in history. I have lived with Crohn's disease since 2005, and chronic depression since my youth. I bring into each film that I view a world view shaped by those and other parts of my background. I try to be mindful of the socio-political themes and implications of movies, intended or otherwise, and that surely shows in my blog pieces. I also love doughnuts.

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6 Responses

  1. johnmason says:

    I’ve never seen Never Say Never Again…but now I rather want to. Thunderball always kind of bored me to tears; give me From Russia With Love or Goldfinger any day, as far as Connery Bond films go. (Frankly, I prefer the Brosnan and Craig films overall, but that’s my unfair bias against older films rearing its ugly head again. I recently rewatched FRWL, and enjoyed it, so…)

  2. Travis McClain says:

    John, “From Russia with Love” still stands atop the Bond heap for my money. I can’t say that “Never Say Never Again” will wow you in the ways that the more recent Bond movies did but I do think that you might walk away from it having enjoyed it more than you did “Thunderball.” I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it!

  3. Blablablablablablabla7 says:

    Everyone forgets the best Bond movie You Only Live Twice. Bar that Dr. No. Thunderball is better and Never Say Never never should have been made.

  4. Blablablablablablabla7 says:

    I should not that thunderball is one of my least favorites of the Connery 007 films.

  5. DD says:

    you do not even mention Luciana Paluzzi’s sensational Fiona Volpe ,the first JB girl who dares to belittle 007 (“not that girl!)
    “thunderball” will be still screened whe its pointless remake is forgotten.

    • I wholeheartedly agree with you on Paluzzi; she was sensational as Fiona! And I also concede that it’s Thunderball that will still be screened while NSNA is relegated to being an obscure footnote in the world of 007. But three years after I wrote this piece, I still stand by my verdict, for all the reasons I gave.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!