1.) Sean Connery's back in the role to which most people best associate him (would "Trainspotting" REALLY have been as good without the dialogue between Renton and Sick Boy in the park during the air rifle scene?)
2.) Film and special effects technology finally had finally caught up with the series by the time this movie was made. As cool as Sean Connery was back in the shagadelic '60's, baby, the special effects in his movies were really second-rate. They may have been a step up from the Godzilla movies of the era, but not by much. The action in this movie seems to take place in real time rather than in a special effets lab.
3.) The supporting cast are awesome...former Blaxploitation superstar Bernie Casey may be the best CIA Operative Felix Leiter there's ever been; Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean", to most of us Americans) is good as the hopelessly up-tight Nigel Small-Fawcett, and does anyone really need to be told just how hot Kim Basinger and Barbara Carrera are as a "Bond Girl" double-barrelled blast?
4.) THE PRICE!!! With all the other MGM/UA Bond films weighing in at [price](or more), only Ted Turner himself can afford to own them. This admitted re-make of "Thunderball" is not the best Bond movie out there...IMHO that distinction goes to "For Your Eyes Only" (sue me, I'm a hockey fan and I grew up during the Roger Moore years)...but for the price alone this is worth owning. True, the classic "James Bond Theme" is missing, and it is a bit tacky seeing the jet-setters in tuxedoes and evening gowns playing "Centipede" instead of baccarrat (sp?), but this DVD is the James Bond film anyone can own...and regardless of what shortcomings other reviewers have attributed this effort, none of them fall on Sean Connery's (ample-as-ever) shoulders; give it a shot (with a Walther PPK or a union jack fountain pen)!