James Bond Posters Really Take OffAfter the wild success of "Goldfinger," Sean Connery and the others behind the franchise realized that the James Bond phenomenon had reached global proportions. In this, the fourth outing, James Bond returns to the warm settings with which he began the franchise in "Dr. No."
Many students of the series consider "Thunderball" to be Sean Connery's finest performance in the role of James Bond,and the film itself to rank very highly within the canon. "Thunderball" was a typical EON production, but for convoluted legal reasons EON lost the ability to prevent other studios from producing films based on the Ian Fleming novel. That led to the 1983 "Never Say Never Again" starring Sean Connery which was a remake of this "Thunderball."