London: Jonathan Cape, 1961. [James Bond] FINELY BOUND FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp. 254 . Recently bound in black half morocco, with raised bands, gilt titles to spine, and matching cloth over boards. All edges lightly trimmed, with the original blind-decorated cloth upper and gilt-titled spine bound in at rear. A crisp, clean copy in an attractive new binding. Very good. 'Thunderball' is one of the most pivotal works of the series. It was in 'Thunderball' that Fleming first introduced 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. It is the first part of the so-called 'Blofeld' trilogy, and was followed by 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1963) and 'You Only Live Twice' (1964). 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 #59202
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