Thunderball by Ian Fleming. First edition (1961). First impression. Medium format hardback in near fine condition. Slight shelf wear. There is a tiny nick to top of rear of spine and also to same position on jacket. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Pages clean, binding firm. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Thunderball is the ninth book in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, and the eighth full-length Bond novel. It was first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape on 27 March 1961, where the initial print run of 50,938 copies quickly sold out.
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It was created with the intention of being turned into a film, and is officially credited as being “based on a screen treatment by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham and Ian Fleming”, a shared credit which has been the subject of much controversy. The novel was published in 1961 and stands, technically, as the first novelisation of a James Bond screenplay, even though at the time it was written and published, no such film had yet been produced. It was subsequently adapted as a daily comic strip beginning in 1961.
Thunderball has, to date, been adapted twice for the cinema. The first adaptation was released in 1965, with Sean Connery as James Bond. It was the fourth official Bond movie in EON Productions’ series. McClory later produced an unofficial remake, 1983’s Never Say Never Again, which again starred Connery as Bond. Thunderball was originally scheduled to have been the first James Bond film, in 1962, but this was later changed to Dr. No due to a lawsuit brought about by McClory.
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