The ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series.

Upon M’s insistence, James Bond takes a two-week respite in a secluded natural health spa. But amid the bland teas, tasteless yogurts, and the spine stretcher the guests lovingly call ‘The Rack,’ Bond stumbles onto the trail of a lethal man with ties to a new secret organisation called SPECTRE.

When SPECTRE hijacks two A-bombs, a frantic global search for the weapons ensues, and M’s hunch that the plane containing the bombs will make a clean drop into the ocean sends Bond to the Bahamas to investigate. On the island paradise, 007 finds a wealthy pleasure seeker’s treasure hunt and meets Domino Vitali, the gorgeous mistress of Emilio Largo, otherwise known as SPECTRE’s Number 1. But as powerful as Number 1 is, he works for someone else: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a peculiar man with a deadly creative mind.

Thunderball marks the beginnings of one of the most iconic villains in history, and the only match for the wits of James Bond.

“And who might you be?” she asked sharply.
“My name’s Bond, James Bond …”

007 Essentials

  • First published 1961
  • Leading Lady Domino Vitali
  • Villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld

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Ernst Stavro Blofeld, leader of the terrorist organisation SPECTRE, has hijacked an American plane loaded with atomic weapons. Unless his demands are met, he will …

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Published in 1961

Publisher - Jonathan Cape


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Publisher - Pan


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