London: Jonathan Cape, 1961. FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.254. Elegantly bound in black half calf over matching cloth sides, spine gilt-titled in six compartments with traditional raised bands. Bookseller's ticket to pastedown. One or two small spots of foxing, marginal browning to pp.20-1 otherwise clean within, externally unmarked. A very good copy in an attractive recent leather binding. 'Thunderball' is one of the most pivotal works of the series. It was in this novel that Fleming first introduces the world to the ultimate Bond villain- 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. 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 once more as 007, was loosely based on this story. Item #56399
Gilbert A9a (1.1).