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Thunderball

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There is only one Bond.

Catch up on this classic adventure before the release of No Time to Die.

SPECTRE - the international terrorist organization led by Blofeld - is holding the world to ransom with two stolen nuclear weapons.

Operation Thunderball is launched to stop them, and, in a race against time, Bond travels to the Bahamas to uncover the stolen bombs before SPECTRE can put its deadly plan into action.

With less than a week to find the hidden weapons Bond must enter a world of fine yachts and casinos to infiltrate the secret operation and foil Blofeld.

'Bond is a hero for all time' Jeffrey Deaver
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 129mm | 266g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099576953
  • 9780099576952
  • 43,129

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A mystery story, a thriller, a chiller, and a pleasure to read
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A sensational imagination, informed by style, zest and above all knowledge * Sunday Times * Good living, sex and violent action...a highly polished performance, an ingenious plotand plenty of excitement * Times Literary Supplement * If you wish to steal atom bombs, this is how you should do it! Fleming's mastery of detail enables the reader to suspend disbelief * Sunday Telegraph * A mystery story, a thriller, a chiller, and a pleasure to read * New York Times *
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About Ian Fleming

Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London on 28 May 1908 and was educated at Eton College before spending a formative period studying languages in Europe. His first job was with Reuters news agency, followed by a brief spell as a stockbroker. On the outbreak of the Second World War he was appointed assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral Godfrey, where he played a key part in British and Allied espionage operations.

After the war he joined Kemsley Newspapers as Foreign Manager of the Sunday Times, running a network of correspondents who were intimately involved in the Cold War. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and introduced James Bond, Special Agent 007, to the world. The first print run sold out within a month. Following this initial success, he published a Bond title every year until his death. His own travels, interests and wartime experience gave authority to everything he wrote. Raymond Chandler hailed him as 'the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England.' The fifth title, From Russia with Love, was particularly well received and sales soared when President Kennedy named it as one of his favourite books. The Bond novels have sold more than sixty million copies and inspired a hugely successful film franchise which began in 1962 with the release of Dr No starring Sean Connery as 007.

The Bond books were written in Jamaica, a country Fleming fell in love with during the war and where he built a house, 'Goldeneye'. He married Anne Rothermere in 1952. His story about a magical car, written in 1961 for their only child Caspar, went on to become the well-loved novel and film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Fleming died of heart failure on 12 August 1964, aged fifty-six.

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