London: Jonathan Cape, 1961. First edition. A bright copy of the book with some minor shelfwear, otherwise in excellent condition. In an unclipped VG+ dust jacket that has some nicks to corners, shelfwear to extremities of spine, and minor soiling.
In the ninth book in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, Bond finds himself matched up against SPECTRE again, this time searching for two missing atomic bombs that the SPECTRE agent, Emilio Largo, is using to ransom the world for $100 million. The sensational Bond fervor that gripped the world was well established by the time “Thunderball” was published. The more mature James Bond in “Thunderball” is aware of his mortality and struggling with concerns over Soviet domination and moral issues. As in much of his work, Fleming projected his own experiences onto his character, such as Bond’s medical record being a reflection of his own. Charles Poore, reviewing the book in The New York Times, considered the Bond series as “post-Dostoevskian ventures in crime and punishment.” For all the thrills of the 007 adventures, the Bond novels remain poignant observations on issues within contemporary society. Near Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #2564)