Best Visual Effects: 1965

Official Nominations: Thunderball. The Greatest Story Ever Told.

An old school epic versus another edition of the upstart James Bond. Although Thunderball isn’t my favourite Bond with the underwater scenes being too slow, it does still top the work done on The Greatest Story Ever Told with the climactic explosion being particularly spectacular.

My Winner: Thunderball


My Nominations: Thunderball. Battle Of The Bulge. The Flight Of The Phoenix. Von Ryan’s Express. Frankenstein Conquers The World. Planet Of The Vampires.

It wasn’t a stellar year for Visual Effects, and my nominations show that. Battle Of The Bulge and Von Ryan’s Express have fairly standard effects work, while Flight Of The Phoenix goes one further with its impressive crash work. Frankenstein Conquers The World has some interesting work with severed hands crawling around to add something different to the usual giant beast in background versus little people, houses, and cars in the foreground. Planet Of The Vampires similarly uses forced perspective to great effect as well as all manner of tricks forced by (and to shroud) the low budget.

My Winner: Thunderball


Let us know in the comments which film of 1965 you fell has the best Visual Effects!

3 thoughts on “Best Visual Effects: 1965

  1. John Charet January 13, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    I love hearing your reference to one of Mario Bava’s films Planet of the Vampires which is one of his great films labeled under my four star films of his, though you probably already knew that 🙂 As far as visual effects go, that one had its moments and Robert Aldrich’s Flight of the Phoenix had some good ones, but I can see why Thunderball would be considered the favorite. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • carlosnightman January 13, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Bava doesn’t get much recognition outside of horror fans, but Planet had a big influence on things like Alien

  2. John Charet January 13, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    P.S. I left a comment under your last two blog entries 🙂 And once again, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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