'He was one of those men - one meets perhaps only two or three in a lifetime - who seem almost to suck the eyes out of your head.
He was their Supreme Commander - almost their god' Spectre is a merciless new enemy - a group of the world's toughest criminals, headed by the brilliant Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
When two NATO atom bombs go missing, Bond must unravel Spectre's intricate plans and prevent a global catastrophe, in Fleming's ninth 007 adventure.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/09/2012
- Category: Espionage & spy thriller
- ISBN: 9780099576952
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Review by Bridgey
Thunderball - Ian Fleming ****Ian Fleming's 9th Bond novel, and interestingly the one that I feel the film scriptwriters altered the least for big screen.What starts as an order to attend a health farm by M, soon escalates into the search for missing atomic bombs and a ransom for $100,000,000. We are introduced to the mastermind Ernst Stavros Blofeld and the terrorist group SPECTRE..As usual for a Bond book it contains plenty of action, beautiful women and a cleverly written plot. But for me, and it seems as if I am alone in this, it just didn't live up the previous novels (with the exception of Casino Royale which I didn't like). There just wasn't enough Bond in the book and too much time going into other characters backgrounds, especially those that would be killed of in as many pages as it took to introduce them. I did enjoy the book and Blofeld is an amazingly written baddy, even if most of the coverage is given to Largo.All in all not a bad weapon the Bond arsenal, just not the best.