London: Jonathan Cape, 1961. 8vo, 253 pp. Original buckram and pictorial dust jacket. Slight turn to spine, very minor toning to pages. In mylar jacket. First edition, first state with skeletal hand stamped on upper cover. The first appearance of the phrase My name is Bond, James Bond. (p. 114). It was in 'Thunderball' that Fleming first introduces 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. (Adrian Harrington).
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