London: Jonathan Cape, 1961. [Spy thriller] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, Binding 'A'. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.254. Publisher's cloth-effect paper over boards with embossed skeleton hand design to upper board, gilt titles to spine. In dust-wrapper illustrated by Richard Chopping priced at 15s. A clean, bright, near fine copy (a few small marks to cloth) in like jacket with a neat, short tear at foot, and a similar one to the top of the rear fold, slightly creased as a result. Remains a nice, fresh example - most attractive. '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 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. 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 #60290
Gilbert, Jon. Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, A9a (1.1).