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  1. Summary

    This story is based on a screen
    treatment by K. McClary,
    J. Whittingham and the author.
    1

    These words were missing from the first edition of Thunderball released on 27 March 1961. The phrase was added to the title page of later editions. Though the novel’s story was a huge success, the book proved to be hell—and some believe led to death—for the author. The novel was, by many accounts, innocently taken from the story of screen treatments developed by Mr. Fleming and Jack Whittingham for a failed James Bond film project of Kevin McClory. But the lawsuits which followed over the rights to Thunderball are believed to have contributed to the failing health of Ian Fleming. (Of course, the 60 Morland cigarettes a day didn’t help.)

    He has nerves of steel,
    a heart of ice, and
    the ruthlessness of a Himmler.

                

    He’s Emilio Largo—scion of a famous and wealthy Roman family . . . international charmer on four continents . . . number one man in SPECTRE, The Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion . . . and the Supreme Commander of Plan Omega, an operation of such fantastic magnitude that it threatens all humanity.

    EMILIO LARGO, SPECTRE, OMEGA . . . these three—the man, the organization, the operation—secret agent JAMES BOND must ferret out and crush. He has only one lead, one person who can help him, if she will. That person is Domino, the fiercely independent, fiery blonde who is Emilio Largo’s mistress.

    -Inside of Signet paperback edition

    Any man seeing No. 2, for that was the chairman’s number of the month, even for the first time, would have looked at him with some degree of the same feelings, for he was one of those men—one meets perhaps only two or three of ine a lifetime—who seem almost to suck the eyes out of your head. These rare men are apt to possess three basic attributes—their physical appearance is exraordinary, they have a quality of relaxation, of inner certainty, and they exude a powerful animal magnetism. The herd has always recognized the other worldliness of these phenomena, and in primitive tribes you will find any man singled out by nature in this fashion will also have been chosen by the tribe to be their chief. Certain great men in history, perhaps Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, among the politicians, have had these qualities. Perhaps they even explain the hypnotic sway of an altogether more meager individual, the otherwise inexplicable Adolf Hitler, over eighty million of the most gifted nation in Europe. Certainly, No. 2 had these qualities and any man in the street would have recognized them—let alone these twenty chosen men. For despite the deep cynicism ingrained in their respective callings, despite their basic insensitivity toward the human race, he was, however reluctantly, their Supreme Commander—almost their god.

    This man’s name was Ernst Stavro Blofeld (…)

    – Chapter 5, Thunderball

     

    1 The name of Kevin McClory is mispelled as ‘K. McClary‘ as shown in some of Thuderball‘s American editions.

    1. “TAKE IT EASY, MR. BOND”
    2. SHRUBLANDS
    3. THE RACK
    4. TEA AND ANIMOSITY
    5. S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
    6. VIOLET-SCENTED BREATH
    7. “FASTEN YOUR LAP-STRAP”
    8. “BIG FLEAS HAVE LITTLE FLEAS…”
    9. MULTIPLE REQUIEM
    10. THE DISCO VOLANTE
    11. DOMINO
    12. THE MAN FROM THE C.I.A.
    13. “MY NAME IS EMILIO LARGO”
    14. SOUR MARTINIS
    15. CARDBOARD HERO
    16. SWIMMING THE GANTLET
    17. THE RED-EYED CATACOMB
    18. HOW TO EAT A GIRL
    19. WHEN THE KISSING STOPPED
    20. TIME FOR DECISION
    21. VERY, SOFTLY, VERY SLOWLY
    22. THE SHADOWER
    23. NAKED WARFARE
    24. “TAKE IT EASY, MR. BOND”

    The events of
    Thunderball
    occur:

    Monday 11 May to 7 June 1959

    Dates calculated by Walter von Tagen III

    Walter’s Chronological Remarks

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    Publication History
    (Bondian.com)

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    (klast.net)

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    Thunderball

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