London: Jonathan Cape, 1966. UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY. Large octavo (24 x 16cm). pp.346, with pp16 photographic plates. Publisher's patterned green softcovers. Prelims spotted, spine wrinkled, some toning to edges and extremities, joints rubbed. Very good, in a custom-made quarter green morocco clamshell box. Scarce in this format. The proof features many changes to the published book, mostlyy typographical including resetting of paragraphs and captions re-written. It was also decided that a dividing line was required to separate the facsimile letters etc. from the main text. The most significant change concerns in the 'Thunderball Backfires chapter'; line 20, p.320- "Kevin [McClory] would be excellent as an assistant producer or director or whatnot, but he is certainly not the man to guide our fates in this matter" - this sentence was subsequently removed. Also cut was the line "Kevin is still in a paroxysm.." line 29, p.320. The line "It was a very bitter, very depressed Kevin McClory who left" was changed to "It was, no doubt, a very depressed Kevin McClory who left", line 5, p.321. Author John Pearson began his career as a journalist at the Sunday Times, where he worked as assistant to Ian Fleming on the prestigious Atticus column. Following Fleming's death, Pearson wrote the first biography of his friend. The Thunderball case was a great controversy at the time, and had a great affect on Fleming's health. Even after the author's death, when this proof was written, the publisher's lawyers were cautious, and some potentially damaging remarks were removed. Item #52817
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