Comparison between the shortened UK DVD released by MGM (PG) and the uncut German DVD released by MGM/20th Century Fox (FSK 12).
Long before the first James Bond Film was made, 007-creator Ian Fleming worked on the shortstory entitled "Thunderball" in cooperation with Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham. When Fleming later wrote a novel about the same story, it came to blows with the other authors since only Fleming was listed as the author. As a result, later editions of the book also listed McClory and Whittingham and McClory obtained the rights to produce a movie about it. For the first movie he made a deal with Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and had a share in the profits. In return he had to assure not to produce any remakes of the movie for the next 10 years. Once this period had expired, a remake was being planned and as a result Never Say Never Again was released in 1983 (not being a part of the regular James Bond series). Neither the famous opening credits nor the James Bond Theme or the 007-Logo were allowed to be used.
The scene that was cut out for the UK release (a horse falling down a cliff) brought Animal welfarists to scene (e.g the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - RSPCA which is the largest animal rights group worldwide).
Running time of the shortened UK DVD (excluding credits): 2:04:25
Running time of the uncut German DVD (excluding credits): 2:04:33
1 cut = 8 sec.
The timecode refers to the shortened UK DVD.
The black screen at the beginning of the movie is shown slightly longer on the UK DVD.
After Bond and Domino (riding a horse) jumped off the tower, the scene where both (still on the horse) fall down into the water was cut out.