Book Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Size: 8vo ; 253,  pages
Publisher: London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
An attractive first impression of the first edition in about fine condition, only minor traces of use in lightly edge rubbed dust wrapper with 15s original price. Gilbert A9a.1.1, binding A with backstrip lettered in gilt. Scarce in collectible condition.
In the novel Thunderball, Ian Fleming first introduced the world to perhaps the ultimate Bond villain -- Ernest Stavro Blofeld. Though Bond and Blofeld never actually meet, it is in this book that Bond first battles the schemes of SPECTRE, Blofeld's criminal organization. (in the movie adaptations, SPECTRE is being introduced in Dr. No and Blofeld in From Russia With Love. )
Basis for the James Bond movie starring Sean Connery, and Claudine Auger as Bond girl Dominique "Domino" Derval and Martine Beswick playing Paula Caplan.