London: Jonathan Cape 1963 [actually issued September 1962]. PROOF copy in softcovers. Pp.288. Some rubbing to joints, wrinkling to spine as usual, light edgewear and faint soiling to upper. A much better copy than usually encountered- for a proof, this is very good indeed, housed in a morocco-spined clamshell box. The text features numerous changes to the published text, and "has more errors and required more amendments than any other Fleming title" Gilbert, p.354. both in terms of careless composition and poor spelling, as well as larger changes in text or resetting of passages. Published in 1963, this is the second part of a collection of James Bond books that has become known as the 'Blofeld' trilogy, sitting between Thunderball (1961) and You Only Live Twice (1964). The title was filmed by Eon Productions in 1969, starring George Lazenby as 007, Diana Rigg as Tracy and Telly Savalas as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Directed by Peter Hunt, with a terrific storyline and slick script from the ever-reliable screenwriter Richard Maibaum, O.H.M.S.S. features superb action, spectacular locations, a marvelous John Barry score, and, in Contessa Teresa de Vicenzo (aka Tracy, aka Mrs James Bond), probably the greatest Bond Girl of all time. The movie, unlike most in the series, was faithful to the original Ian Fleming novel and is a fine thriller; one of the grittiest movies of the series. Item #42705
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