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Re: Thunderball- Bond on Bluray... Watch it again... For the First time!

Too bad they never found the cuts made before they decided to show
it as a 'general release' rather than a Roadshow. There are still some
plot holes and sequences trimmed or missing.

But...I'm used to the cut that was released and I agree it looks great
in blu ray which simulates how it looked in the dye transfer process.

They never found the censor cuts in "From Russia with Love" either but
it too looks great in high definition.
 

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Re: Thunderball- Bond on Bluray... Watch it again... For the First time!

Wayde,

I'll summarize by saying that Sean Connery is the best Bond in terms
of it's relationship to the character Ian Fleming created in his novels.
Within this context only the first four Connery films were accurate adaptations
(Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball). All 007 movies from
"You Only Live Twice" on had little to do with the books they were based on.
The producers just used the titles and created their own stories but continued
to utilize the 007 name even though the actors playing him did not fit the description
or character quirks in the novels. I would say that "From Russia with Love" was not
only the best novel that Fleming wrote but also the best screenplay adaption.
 

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Re: Thunderball- Bond on Bluray... Watch it again... For the First time!

As I mentioned in the other post about this movie, for some reason the blu ray
is missing the end credit "James Bond will return in You Only Live Twice" which
was on the theatrical prints. Not a major flaw but a curiosity since every Bond
movie listed the next title. I wonder what happened to that credit in the negative?
 

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Re: Thunderball- Bond on Bluray... Watch it again... For the First time!

The only thing I can guess is...

Since they mastered the movies directly from the original 35mm negatives stored in
England, it's possibly that the British release version didn't contain those 'Bond will
return in' titles and only the US version did. It wasn't uncommon to have different
versions of the same film play in England and the US. The US prints of "Thunderball"
had exit music too.
 
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