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Thunderball
London: Jonathan Cape, 1961 First edition, first impression. Publisher's dark gray cloth with skeleton hand in blind to front cover, silver titling to spine; in the original unclipped pictorial dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping, with an illustration to the front panel of a skeleton's hand holding a blackjack hand with a knife affixing the cards to the table, lettered in black. Very good, with some light wear and a hint of toning to the extremities, minor stain to the rear endpapers, otherwise bright and clean interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some wear and rubbing to the panel edges, minor nicks to the spine ends, short closed tear to the front flap fold, a hint of rubbing to the otherwise clean panels. Overall, a clean and presentable copy of the 9th James Bond - Agent 007 adventure. Thunderball is the first of Fleming's novels to involve the notorious villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, head of the secret spy organization SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). In this novel, Bond is in the Bahamas at a health clinic when SPECTRE steals two atomic bombs. The British and American intelligence agencies team up to launch Operation Thunderball in an effort to recover the weapons. Published only a few years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fleming draws a parallel to pre-existing Cold War tensions to heighten the suspense of this novel. Thunderball culminates with a memorable underwater fight scene from which 007 only narrowly escapes. The Blofeld trilogy is continued in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963) and You Only Live Twice (1964).. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Dust Jacket Included.
      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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