Here’s a dashing action figure likeness of Sean Connery as James Bond from the 1965 film Thunderball. The movie was released in 1965 so I’m assuming the action figure — produced by Gilbert — was as well. Dig that sweet SCUBA outfit, complete with fins, snorkel, and super-snug bathing trunks!
The Thunderball line turned out to be almost the last hurrah for Gilbert (known officially as the A.C. Gilbert Company), which closed for good in 1967 after almost 60 years in business. Gilbert, incidentally, introduced the world-famous Erector Set in 1913.
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