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    Ian Fleming. Thunderball. London: Jonathan Cape, [1961]. First edition, first impression with all printing points as called for, first issue, binding A with gilt-stamped spine. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by the author to the front free endpaper recto, "To / Alan / who awarded the / first & greenest / laurels! / From / Ian." Octavo. 253, [1] pages. Publisher's pictorial black Excelin cloth (Type C) stamped in blind, spine stamped in gilt; original illustrated first state dust jacket by Richard Chopping. Somewhat cocked, head and foot of spine just pushed, minor edgewear, minor soiling to the bottom edges. White endpapers; light pencil notations or marks (some effaced) to the pastedowns. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed; small spot of adhesive residue to the synopsis page, text block edges toned with minor wear. Dust jacket with publisher's decorative clip and priced 15s; minor edgewear, spine a bit sunned, corners and head and tail of spine panel just rubbed. Near fine.

    Gilbert notes, "Fleming wrote Thunderball intending to film it. Indeed the early correspondence with his typist refers to the 'Film Treatment,' and the published novel is officially credited as 'based on a screen treatment by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham and Ian Fleming,' a shared credit which was the result of a courtroom decision." The story behind this legal dispute is complex and winding, suffice to say it delayed the film adaptation and affected Bond stories, characters, and films, well into the future of the franchise.

    Though it was intended to be the first James Bond film, Thunderball was not adapted for the silver screen until 1965 as the fourth in the Eon Productions James Bond series, starring Sean Connery and with Terence Young returning to direct. Despite delays in production, the film was a major box office success and won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. The story was adapted again in 1983 under the title Never Say Never Again, featuring Sean Connery again as Bond but this time produced by Jack Schwartzman's Taliafilm and directed by Irvin Kershner. The 1983 adaptation marks Connery's seventh and final outing as 007 and was produced by Kevin McClory as a result of noted legal controversies.

    Gilbert A9a (1.1), binding A.

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