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Excellent story of the Thunderball case
on 29 July 2008
This book has been in the development stage for many years; it used to be on the publisher's list that I used to work for. In a word this book is excellent. Robert Sellers has done a brilliant job and made full use of all the new materials at his disposal. There are so many James Bond books out there, many repeating the same old stuff and the same old pictures, it's overkill. But this one is different.
Sellers has brought all the elements of the Thunderball case and woven them together to create the definitive Thunderball scripts story. This book should find its way onto any 007 fan's book shelf.
Having read the original book, and followed the subsequent pulping because of passages that offended the Ian Fleming Trust, frankly I can't see what they're getting worried about. The creator of 007 wasn't blameless in this case and, although I don't think he acted with malice, he was certainly naive and misguided. Basically, if you buy the second edition you're not missing out because the book is far bigger and so informative that its dispute with the Fleming estate cannot diminish what is a really good book.