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Thunderball: James Bond 007 (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 6 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; 2nd Vintage Impression edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099576953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099576952
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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"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)

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Thunderball was the 9th James Bond book by Ian Fleming and it is one ofhis best 007 books.
The story sees secret agent James Bond 007 being sent to try and recovertwo atomic bombs that have been hijacked by the terrorist organisationSPECTRE, lead by their ruthless leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who has giventhe UK government 7 days to pay SPECTRE a ransom of £100,000,000 or thebombs will be detonated in two unspecified but high profile locations inthe US or UK. Whilst investigating in the Bahamas 007 meets Domino Petachia girl who is the lover of a millionaire explorer Emilio Largo who is inthe Bahamas with a group of businessmen with the intention of treasurehunting from his luxury yacht the Disco Volante. Bond becomes suspiciousof Largo and is convinced that Largo has stolen the bombs and is stowingthem on board his yacht and is using the treasure hunt as a cover to avoidarousing suspicion, but trying to convince the government and 007's boss"M" that there is a case for action proves difficult so Bond and CIA agentFelix Leiter must use their own with and recover the bombs before timeruns out.
This book sets a very fast pace early on and is a very engaging novelwhich leaves you wanting to turn to the next page quickly and it is a verysharp piece of work by one of the best thriller writers in history.
If, like me, you have seen the 1967 film version of this book it will helpyou to understand the plot and create a better picture in your mind of thestory that is taking place.
Even if you are not a Bond fan but enjoy a good thriller novel then thisis definitely worth a read.
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This gets more delicious as it unravels.

A fiendishly clever plot, a new terror organisation, risk at every turn, some truly evil villains and the return of his mate Felix.

Clever. Taut. And there is even a passage where Bond drinks something other than alcohol.

My equal favourite in the series so far.
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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.
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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.
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Ian Fleming's 9th Bond novel, and interestingly the one that I feel the film scriptwriters altered the least for big screen, although I am sure I read somewhere that it was written with a film in mind and that is how there came to be some infighting in the Bond camp over the film rights.

What starts as an order to attend a health farm by M, soon escalates into the search for missing atomic bombs and a ransom for $100,000,000. We are introduced to the mastermind Ernst Stavros Blofeld and the terrorist group SPECTRE..

As usual for a Bond book it contains plenty of action, beautiful women and a cleverly written plot. But for me, and it seems as if I am alone in this, it just didn't live up the previous novels (with the exception of Casino Royale which I didn't like). There just wasn't enough Bond in the book and too much time going into other characters backgrounds, especially those that would be killed of in as many pages as it took to introduce them. I did enjoy the book and Blofeld is an amazingly written baddy, even if most of the coverage is given to Largo.

All in all not a bad weapon in the Bond arsenal, just not the best.
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