Buy Used
£3.00
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by owlsmart_usa
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; may contain marginal notes and or highlighting
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Thunderball Hardcover – 1 Jan 1961

4.5 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

See all 54 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£43.15 £3.00
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
£25.02
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar has won the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Learn more
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Jan. 1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224602063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224602068
  • Package Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

"A sensational imagination, informed by style, zest and above all knowledge" (Sunday Times)

"Good living, sex and violent action…a highly polished performance, an ingenious plotand plenty of excitement" (Times Literary Supplement)

"If you wish to steal atom bombs, this is how you should do it! Fleming’s mastery of detail enables the reader to suspend disbelief" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A mystery story, a thriller, a chiller, and a pleasure to read" (New York Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

There is only one Bond. Enjoy these intoxicating spy novels in stylish Vintage Classics editions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

See all Product description

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
James Bond returns to form after the latest outings in Goldfinger and For Your Eyes Only.

SMERSH has been dismantled by Nikita Khruschev and now a new organisation has arrived in the shape of SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence Terroism Revenge and Extortion). This outfit consists ex members of SMERSH, Gestapo officers and the Mafia. Their leader is Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

The principal villain in this story is Blofeld's number two and chosen successor Emilio Largo. SPECTRE have stolen two atomic bombs from a British aircraft and have sent ransom demands to the British Prime Minister and President of the United States.

Operation Thunderball is put into motion. Through intelligence Bond is sent to the Bahamas where he is reunited with Felix Leither (Ex CIA) and the pair of them share more action together.

Bond is also helped by Domino Vitali. Domino is Largo's mistress before falling for Bond.

There are some good action scenes like the attempt on Bond's life in the health farm and under water where most of the action in this adventure takes place.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Confession: I hated the movie for it's excessive underwater sequences. Connery (the best Bond) was wasted there.

However, the book is splendid. Possible one of the best Bond books, and interesting for it's occasional social comments (for example, the young taxi driver who "wants to be Tommy Steele"). Fleming didn't do that too much.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
great
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Gift
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Thunderball is the 9th James Bond book by Ian Fleming. It’s one my favourites of the original series.

It has it all:

- M – check,
- Moneypenny – check,
- May – check,
- Felix – check,
- Exotic location – check,
- Beautiful girl with catchy name – check,
- Car – check,
- Walther PPK – check,
- Blofeld and SPECTRE – check,
- Atomic bombs – check.

I could go on but you get the picture …

I liked the way that the book opens with Bond in need of a serious detox. Fleming describes a hangover, I’m guessing from his own experience, in a wonderful way. After reading this I realised just how descriptive Fleming was with his prose. This is especially the case when we get to the underwater battles later in the book. Fleming must have loved the sea and diving. His portrayal of frogman Bond is rich and atmospheric, for example: Bond sneaking around the Disco, the battle with SPECTRE scuba divers and the various sea life.

The novel is a tough straightforward thriller with an exciting plot. The 1967 movie of the same name follows the book. If you’ve seen this then it’ll help you to conceptualise the story and scenes described.

It all rattles along at a nice pace with a sprinkle of humour and panache. Thunderball also has less violence as compared to other books in the series too.

The focus of Thunderball is on Bond himself. Again, Bond comes off as a rather vulnerable person, riddled with self-doubt. He’s definitely not the superhero that we see in some of the movies. Of course, we get the usual misogyny and abuse. But by this point in series it doesn’t come as much of a shock any more.

We also get to see Bond in scenes with some favourite characters.
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Of all the James Bond books, this one feels the most cinematic, though I do wonder whether my knowledge that the novel is based on an idea for a film influences me in feeling this. When two British atomic weapons go missing, M puts everyone on alert, and sends Bond on a mission to the Bahamas to track them down.

Thunderball seems to be different from the earlier books. Bond feels slightly less rough around the edges - he's mellowed perhaps? His over-opinionated ways are much lessened, and he comes across even as slightly vulnerable. The other characters are the opposite. Whereas before there was in depth background about Goldfinger, Rosa Klebb, Dr No and so on, in this book Largo seems to be nothing more than a puppet. Blofeld gets the rich detailed treatment in an early chapter, but is promptly ignored from then on, making Bond's battle with Largo feel rather perfunctory and impersonal.

The detail of the settings is also sparser than before. In earlier books the reader is treated to long descriptions about the different winds, visits to Harlem, casinos, cars and so on, all of which are missing from this book. Instead, the focus seems to be on action and actual investigation - it would be fair to say this is almost the first novel in which Bond has actually had to do some proper spying. It is written as if for the screen and not the page.

I would go as far as to say that the opening is probably my favourite section of the book. This is the part in which Bond is himself and has his usual foibles. It's the part that gives Blofeld such a brilliant background - setting up an ambitious idea on Fleming's part to have an enemy that could feature in several novels.

Overall though I'm afraid I didn't find it to be at the better end of the series, lacking the unique elements that characterise Bond's earlier outings. It's certainly not bad though, just perhaps more in line with a run-of-the-mill thriller.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The ninth of the classic James Bond novels, I was looking forward to this one after being completely gripped by 'Moonraker' and 'Live and Let Die' when I read them a few years ago. This one... wasn't so good. It was interesting and detailed, and it had a well thought-out plot and some well-timed humour. It had all the utter chauvinism one expects of 007, all simpering secretaries and bourbon-swigging machismo - which is sort of part of the charm of these old stories. But 'Thunderball' just lacked the building suspense, the deadly peril, and the nerve-wracking finale of the other Bond stories I've read - all the things that really set the books apart from the cheesy action of the movies - and that really disappointed me. There were a couple of thrilling moments, but nothing to make me sit back and think, 'wow'. I'll still be reading more of 007's adventures, but I won't be hanging onto this one to read again.
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category