Aston Martin DB5
Although the mayjority of the onscreen action in Thunderball takes place either on the sea or under water, vehicles still figure prominently. Due to the popularity of the Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger, it was brought back for an encore in this film. Although not deploying the gadgets seen previously, the car was given a new weapon, a water cannon concealed in the rear of its bodywork. This aided Bond's escape by literally washing the pursuing villains away during the pre-credits sequence. Later in the film, the DB5 is seen briefly in the chase scene in which Count Lippe's car is destroyed by Fiona's rocket-firing BSA motorcycle.
BSA Lightning Motorcycle
The aforementioned motorcycle was adapted by a special effects supervisor Bert Luxford. at Pinewood Studios. The missiles, although not armed, did actually fire. However, the explosion which destroyed Lippe's car was detonated by stunt driver Bob Simmons who was doubling for actor Guy Doleman.
The Disco Volante
Largo's hi-tech yacht was, in reality, an old Italian hydrofoil called The Flying Fish. The production company purchased the vessel in Puerto Rico and had it refurbished in Miami. In the film, the underside of the hull features a secret door throuhgh which SPECTRE frogmen secretly load the NATO atomic bomb aboard. The rear portion of the craft is actually a fifty-foot cocoon which could be separated from the main structure, thu enabling the Disco Volante to become a high-powered hydrofoil. The heavily armed cocoon (it featured a machine gun and deck cannon) plays an integral part in the climax of the film. Largo left the cocoon behind and his loyal crew were forced to flight the US fleet while he attempted to escape with the NATO bombs. Special-effects expert John Stears remembers that when a model of the boat was dynamited during the climax of the film, the explosion was so great that it broke all of the windows on Bay Street in Nassau, many miles away.