London: Jonathan Cape, 1961. FIRST EDITION, First Issue, Binding A. Octavo, pp.254. Publisher's cloth-effect paper over boards with embossed skeleton hand design to upper board, gilt titles to spine. In original dust-wrapper illustrated by Richard Chopping priced at 15s. A couple of tiny spots to edges, jacket fresh and clean showing careful handling. A lovely near fine copy. 'Thunderball' is one of the most pivotal works of the series. It was in 'Thunderball' that Fleming first introduces the world to the ultimate Bond villian- Ernest Stavro Blofeld. Though Bond and Blofeld never actually meet here, it is in this book that Bond first battles the schemes of SPECTRE, Blofeld's criminal organisation. Followed by 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1963) and 'You Only Live Twice' (1964). An omnibus edition was published in 2010. The title was filmed in 1965, starring Sean Connery as 007, Claudine Auger as Domino and Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo- SPECTRE's No.2. The later film 'Never Say Never Again', with Connery again as 007, was loosely based on this story. Item #49576
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