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Thunderball - James Bond Number 9 Introduces Blofeld and SPECTRE
on 27 May 2014
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.