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Ephemera from the James Bond Film and Book – Thunderball

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Thunderball, although the fourth film, was actually the ninth James Bond book and the eight full-length novel. It generally went down well with most critics, “Good living, sex and violent action: a highly polished performance, an ingenious plot and plenty of excitement”, wrote the Times Literary Supplement. It was actually a novelisation of an unfilmed James Bond screenplay written by Ian Fleming, Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, Ivar Bryce and Ernest Cuneo. After the book was released Ian Fleming was taken to court for plagiarism by his initial co-writers but the case was settled out of court.

The film, released in 1965, had Terence Young, the director of the first two Bond movies, back at the helm and it was a massive success. With the movie earning a total of $141.2 million worldwide – exceeding the takings of the the three previous films. Dilys Powell of the Sunday Times, after seeing the movie, said that “the cinema was a duller place before 007”.

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Tom Jones Thunderball record cover

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First Edition cover of Thunderball, published by Jonathan Cape in March 1961.

First Edition cover of Thunderball, published by Jonathan Cape in March 1961.

 
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Look magazine from 1965

Look magazine from 1965

Molly Peters and Sean Connery

Molly Peters and Sean Connery

Claudine Auger, Martine Beswick and Luciana Paluzzi behind the scenes.

Claudine Auger, Martine Beswick and Luciana Paluzzi behind the scenes.

Thunderball (United Artists, 1965) Souvenir Song Book.

Thunderball (United Artists, 1965) Souvenir Song Book.

Thunderball Movie Tie in book, published by Signet in 1965.

Thunderball Movie Tie in book, published by Signet in 1965.

Claudine Auger and Afolfo Celi

Claudine Auger and Afolfo Celi

A letter from Domino included in the initial Pan paperback tie in novel. It was in reality an ad for Players cigarettes.

A letter from Domino included in the initial Pan paperback tie in novel. It was in reality an ad for Players cigarettes.

Claudine Auger, and Sean Connery during filming of Thunderball.

Claudine Auger, and Sean Connery during filming of Thunderball.

Aston Martin DB5 in Zurich, Switzerland around Feb. 16, 1965.

Aston Martin DB5 in Zurich, Switzerland around Feb. 16, 1965.

Thunderball Ian Fleming 1961

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Italian Thunderball poster

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Japanese Thunderball flexidisc

Japanese Thunderball flexidisc

Japanese Thunderball Tom Jones

Terence Young, Molly Peters and Sean Connery

  • NGO

    I love this stuff. Thunderball the movie, is fine, but not in the Goldfinger category. The cover for the soundtrack album is pure genius! Here’s a couple more for you.

    • Rick Smith

      I must agree that goldfinger was the best including title song.

  • Lacey W

    Oddly enough, I was allowed to see this in the theaters but was NOT allowed to see “On her Majesty’s Secret Service,” four years later, becasue I was “Under age.” I had to go with my father (which was a lot of fun as I remember). That was the start of the movie ratings code and “Majesty’s” was rated M for mature.