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Blofeld - leader of the terror organization SPECTRE - is holding the world to ransom. He has stolen two powerful atomic weapons and will destroy a major city if his demands for 100,000,000 pounds are not met. Given one week to find the missing bombs, Bond goes to the Bahamas, where he encounters sultry Domino - mistress of Blofeld's right hand man Emilio Largo. By getting closer to her, 007 hopes to find out more about Largo's hidden operation among the coral reefs, but soon finds himself getting deep into shark-infested waters . . .

In Thunderball Fleming created a tale of breathless excitement amid the stunning scenery of the Bahamas, and in the chilling, puritanical killer Blofeld he introduced Bond's arch-nemesis.

Publisher: London : Cape, 1961.
ISBN: 9780141187594
Characteristics: 253 p.


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Aug 07, 2017

When I was very young and these books first came out, I would borrow them or sneak them from the Jesuit brothers at the Catholic orphanage I grew up in and was always tremendously impressed with Fleming's biographical profiles of the bad guys - - especially Blofeld in this book, Thunderball. Really superb! I assumed years later Fleming had picked up much from his military service and days in journalism, but then later still I learned that he came from a really rich banker family [their Flemings Bank would be sold for $7 billion to Chase in 2000], and there were probably a lot more conduits of information flowing to Ian Fleming. [His ancestor originally made their fortune during the American Civil War {they were and still are British} when they sold sandbags to the armies during that war.]

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