Thunderball ★★½

Of Thunderball's three predecessors, I am only a fan of From Russia with Love, but I still found the first three narratives to be engaging enough and the characters to be unique and fairly memorable. This film whiffed on both points, even if some of the action sequences felt fairly original (the underwater action wasn't particularly well-shot but did feel like a step in the right direction). A lot of actions felt like simply dumb, implausible writing, which is unfortunate for a film that gets its impact out of building suspense and releasing it through decisions made by an intelligent and physically capable special agent.