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4. Thunderball

(1965)

Image credit: Thunderball: Everett Collection

Ranking the Bond films: Thunderball

Such a catchy plot — the terrorist organization SPECTRE holds atomic weapons for ransom — it's been copied and spoofed for 40 years (see Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery). The underwater battle sequences don't seem quite as spectacular as they once did (impressive enough back then to win a special-effects Oscar), but Bond in the Bahamas remains hard to beat and that flying jetpack is still one of 007's suavest exits.

Originally posted Nov 15, 2006