Bond, James Bond, Again

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It would not feel like the holidays without a new James Bond film. Of the 25 films made to date, 13 opened in either November or December. On December 29, 1965, we were introduced to Thunderball.

Thunderball is the fourth film in the James Bond series. Bond goes up against SPECTRE. That stands for “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.” The premise is that SPECTRE has stolen two atomic bombs and James races across the globe to the Bahamas to get them back. Here is the movie trailer:

San Franciscans had a special relationship with James Bond movie music. In 1965, a CBS Group W station in Philadelphia adapted the music track called “007 Takes The Lector,” from the film From Russia with Love, and made it the theme song for their Eyewitness News program. Since KPIX in San Francisco was also a Group W station, they also used the movie-inspired theme song.

The new James Bond film is called SPECTRE. This time we discover something about James Bond’s past, and the origin of the SPECTRE organization. It cost $9 million to make Thunderball, and the movie generated  $141,200,000 in revenue worldwide. With a budget of $300 million, SPECTRE is one of the most expensive films ever made, and opened in the US on November 6:

Enjoy the movies!