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On November 30th 1964, the shooting script for 'Thunderball' was completed. First principal photography began on February 16th 1965, with the Château d'Anet fight filmed on the 18th and the Bell Textron jet pack sequence on the 19th. February 26th saw the scenes at 'Shrublands' (massage / traction / steam rooms) being filmed. March 22nd saw filming begin in the Bahamas, with the underwater love scene filmed on the 24th. The fight aboard the Disco Volante ended principal photography at Pinewood on July 9th 1965.

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Pre-title sequence
CHÂTEAU D'ANET, ANET, PARIS (40 KM WEST OF PARIS)
       
 
Château d'Anet today - thanks to Alain Janssoone:
 
Largo arriving at 'Centre International D'Assistance Aux Personnes Déplacées' ('The International Brotherhood for the Assistance of Stateless Persons')
35 AVENUE D'EYLAU, PARIS, FRANCE
 
Avenue d'Eylau today - special thanks to Nicolas Fleurier:

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'Shrublands'
CHALFONT PARK HOUSE, CHALFONT PARK, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
 
Hotel where Major Derval is staying
THE ROYAL SARACENS HEAD, AT THE CORNER OF LONDON END AND WINDSOR END, BEACONSFIELD, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
 
NATO Airbase entrance
RAF NORTHOLT
 
Vulcans on the runway
RAF WADDINGTON
 
RAF Waddington in 1968
 
Bond / Lippe / Volpe chase
SILVERSTONE RACETRACK, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
 
Fiona Volpe dumps the B.S.A. motorcycle
DENHAM QUARRY LAKES, SOUTH HAREFIELD, UXBRIDGE
 
Studio filming
PINEWOOD STUDIOS, IVER HEATH, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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Bond meets Domino (before coming ashore)
CORAL HARBOUR SOUTH, SOUTH SHORE OF NEW PROVIDENCE ISLAND
 
Bond and Domino come ashore
PARADISE BEACH, PARADISE ISLAND
 
Bond's hotel
'HOTEL CORAL HARBOUR', CORAL HARBOUR SOUTH, SOUTH SHORE OF NEW PROVIDENCE ISLAND
 
 
'Hotel Coral Harbour', then and now - thanks to James D Sieff:
 
Further photos from James showing 'Hotel Coral Harbour' following a visit in 2012. Included are several rare shots of the pool area and interior, featuring the reception area briefly seen in the film:
 
Unfinished / abandoned hotel (behind 'Hotel Coral Harbour') used in 'Casino Royale':
   
 
Bond and Largo play Chemin de Fer / Bond dines with Domino
'CAFE MARTINIQUE' (OVERLOOKING PARADISE LAGOON), PARADISE ISLAND
 
'Palmyra'
ROCK POINT, OFF WEST BAY STREET, NORTH SHORE OF NEW PROVIDENCE ISLAND
 
Rock Point today - thanks to James D Sieff:
 
Bond introduces Felix to Pinder and Paula
NORTH OF RAWSON SQUARE - PARK AREA / MARKET PLAZA, NASSAU, NEW PROVIDENCE ISLAND
 
Park area / Market Plaza today - thanks to James D Sieff:
 
Bond introduces Felix to Pinder and Paula
WOODES RODGERS WALK (CORNER WITH MARKET STREET), NASSAU, NEW PROVIDENCE ISLAND
 
Woodes Rodgers Walk today - thanks to Paul Wynn (via James D Sieff):
 
Bond comes ashore - again, at night
  
 
Junkanoo procession
EAST BAY STREET, NASSAU, NEW PROVIDENCE ISLAND
       
 
East Bay Street at the corner of East Street - thanks to James D Sieff:
 
Further shot from James of the Chase Manhattan Bank following another visit to the area in 2012:
 
The Junkanoo carnival is traditionally held every year around Bay Street, Nassau, normally on Boxing Day or New Year's Day. It was re-created for filming mid-April 1965, shot over two long nights - with additional shots done two weeks later.

The parade marchers were directed around a particular block, prizes had been offered for the best costumes and floats. There was a lot of interest in the filming over the two days - over 10,000 people showed up to watch the spectacle.

 
Excerpt from 'Bondomania' (Time magazine - June 11th 1965)
 
"Currently, the producers are completing the next Bond film, Thunderball, in Nassau and London. Nassau has been in an uproar for weeks.

The company staged an out-of-season Junkanoo carnival parade for background shots that laid up half the island with hangovers, invited over the whole jet set from Palm Beach for other background shots, and built the 'Kiss Kiss Club' on Huntington Hartford's Paradise Island with such style that one old Nassauvian remarked, 'Best damned nightclub on the island. They should have left it there.'"

 
Egg spines / Vargas attempts to ambush Bond and Domino
LOVE BEACH, NORTH WEST SHORE OF NEW PROVIDENCE ISLAND
 
The 'bridge over the canal' / Bond dives with Largo's men
BREAKWATER ON NORTH SHORE OF PARADISE ISLAND
 
Breakwater today - thanks to James D Sieff:
 
Bond winched to safety by Leiter
'THUNDERBALL GROTTO', OFF STANIEL CAY, THE EXUMAS
 
Final underwater battle plus other sequences
LYFORD CAY, WEST SHORE OF NEW PROVIDENCE ISLAND
       

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US Navy parachute in
OFF THE COAST OF MIAMI, FLORIDA
 


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