"It’s just that I’d rather die of drink than of thirst": First edition of Ian Fleming's Thunderball

  • Thunderball.


Item Number: 26005

London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.

First edition, binding A of the ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a fine first-issue dust jacket. Dust jacket art by Richard Chopping. A superior example.

"Thunderball represented a new departure [for the Bond series], with the introduction of SPECTRE and of Ernst Blofeld, a commanding villain who was to reappear. This gave a measure of continuity to the later Bond novels Thunderball worked well as an adventure story the theme of the theft of atom bombs seemed pertinent and modern" (Black, 49, 55). "A thriller, a chiller and a pleasure to read" (New York Times). It was adapted twice to the screen: under the present title in 1965 and as Never Say Never Again in 1983—each time starring Sean Connery.