FLEMING, Ian. Thunderball. London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
8vo., original dark brown publisher's boards, embossed with a skeleton's hand to upper cover duplicating the dustjacket; spine lettered in gilt; in the original unclipped pictorial dustwrapper (15s. Net) with an iconic Chopping design; pp. [viii], 9-253, [iii]; a lovely fresh example, fine aside from light pushing to head/foot and one small pencil mark to rear paste-down; jacket unclipped, a touch rubbed to extremities with some small nicks to head/foot, and mild browning to spine; very good to near-fine overall.
First edition, first impression, first issue. Binding A. The ninth James Bond novel, Bond's first encounter with Ernest Stavro Blofeld and his organization, SPECTRE.
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.