Thunderball

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ian Fleming
Narrator: Robert Whitfield , Simon Vance
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2009
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

James Bond is in disgrace. His medical report is critical of the high living that is ruining his health, and M packs him off for a fortnight to a health farm to be tuned up to his former pitch of exceptional fitness.

Bond anticipates a trying two weeks. But the last thing he expects is an adversary more deadly, more ruthless even than S.M.E.R.S.H.

Thunderball is an incredible adventure, one that finds James Bond tackling SPECTRE. Operating in the Gulf Stream, this daring crime ring has perpetrated the most arrogant blackmail demand ever attempted....

Reviews (2)

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Written by Anonymous on September 19th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The narration by Jason Issacs is very good. If you enjoyed listening to Thunderball, move on to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, and The Man with the Golden Gun in that order. All these are among the best audiobooks. For details on the chronological order to maintain, check https://zenodamus.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/ian-flemings-james-bond/

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Written by Anonymous on February 14th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My favorite Bond movie and my favorite Bond book. Very enjoyable.

Author Details

Author Details

Fleming, Ian

"Born in Mayfair, London, Ian Fleming was the younger brother of the travel writer, Peter Fleming. He was educated at Eton College and Sandhurst military academy, then went to university on the Continent to study languages. He worked as a journalist and stockbroker before the Second World War. On the eve of war he was recruited as personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Rear-Admiral John Godfrey.

Fleming's background in intelligence work gave him the background and experience to write somewhat convincing spy novels. The first James Bond story, Casino Royale, was published in 1953. It is believed that in this initial story he based the female character ""Vesper Lynd"" on real life SOE agent, Christine Granville. As for the inspiration behind James Bond, one of the strongest candidates is said to have been Merlin Minshall, who worked for Fleming as a spy during the Second World War. Another is a fictional character called Duckworth Drew, created by writer and journalist William Le Queux.

Besides the twelve novels and nine short stories he wrote featuring James Bond, Fleming is also known for the children's story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Ian Fleming is interred in the Church yard cemetery at the village of Sevenhampton, near Swindon, next to his wife Ann Geraldine Mary Fleming (1913-1981) and son, Caspar Robert Fleming (1952-1975).

Actor Christopher Lee is his cousin. Fleming wanted Lee to play the first Bond film villain, Dr No. (Some sources say Lee was also considered for the role of Bond as well.) Lee later played the title villain in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Fleming worked in UK Naval Intelligence during World War II, and was author of a plan ? not in the end carried out ? for capturing Naval Enigma material: Operation Ruthless.

In the book The Man Who Was M: The Life of Charles Henry Maxwell Knight by Anthony Masters, ISBN 0-631-13392-5 it is claimed that during the war Fleming conceived the plan that successfully lured Rudolf Hess to fly into captivity in Britain. There's no other source for these claims."