The First Appearance of Blofeld
FLEMING, Ian. Thunderball. London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
Crown 8vo., original black cloth lettered in gilt, upper board blind stamped with skeletal hand motif after cover illustration, in original dust-jacket; near fine in like wrapper; with extremely light rubbing to corners and the odd spot.
First edition. The ninth James Bond novel.
Thunderball was the first of Fleming's books to be a novelization of an unfilmed James Bond screenplay. It was born from a collaboration of Fleming with Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, Ivar Bryce and Ernest Cuneo. The controversial shared credit of Fleming, McClory and Whittingham was, however, the result of a courtroom decision. The film starred Sean Connery in the title role.
The novel constitutes the second wave of Bond villains: the first being SMERSH and the second being the introduction of Blofeld and SPECTRE. The influence of Ernst Stavro Blofeld's name can be traced back to Tom Blofeld, a Norfolk farmer and a fellow member of Fleming's club Boodle's, who was a contemporary of the author whilst he was at Eton.