- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (3 Jun. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014118759X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141187594
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 801,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thunderball (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 3 Jun 2004
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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.
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.
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 ›
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.
This the first novel in which the criminal organisation Spectre and its head, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, appear. They tend to get shoehorned into many of the movies even if they don't appear in the novels that bear their names.
Perhaps, surprisingly, this is the first of the James Bond novels I have read whose movie adaptation is very faithful to the book. It is a tense, fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable read which I recommend.
When I have read James Bond novels and compared them to the movies of the same name I can get very boring about telling people what the differences are in terms of plot and detail. I don't normally say which one is necessarily better. The novels aren't great literature by any means and the attitudes shown in the novels are very much of their time. The novels are often as fantastical as the movies but often in different ways.
However, the thing you get from the novels is some sense of the interior lives of the characters. In Thunderball, you get the back story of Blofeld and also of Bond's love interest, Domino. As a result, they become more interesting characters. Something else you get is a more realistic sense of the effects of the violence and torture which is really only hinted at in the movies.
So, if you like the movies, I would definitely recommend taking time out to read the books. While not necessarily better, they are always interesting in their own right and do contain some fascinating insights.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meh. Interesting from an cutural history perspective, an easy read, but not that engaging.Published 2 months ago by Mark Lockett
Now very dated, but still an enjoyable read - Fleming's is one of the greats.Published 8 months ago by Nick Peters
Great escapism and an interesting look into the 1960s. Does exactly what I expected it to do.Published 8 months ago by Steven Gray
A bit surreal if you have seen the film first due to the obvious differences but a thoroughly enjoyable readPublished 12 months ago by Scaramanga