‘A thriller, a chiller, and a pleasure to read’
‘Her name was Dominetta Vitali ... This was an independent, a girl of authority and character. She might like the rich, gay life, but so far as Bond was concerned, that was the right kind of girl.’
Thunderball is the Bond that has everything: exotic locations, supervillains, thrills and double-crosses – and Bond at his sharpest and most capable. It also features one of Fleming’s most compelling and sympathetic female characters in Domino. A fierce and beautiful woman with a fondness for the good life, she’s involved with one of Blofeld’s henchmen, but when fate throws her into Bond’s arms she proves herself to be a dangerous woman to cross.
The book is peppered with memorable, cinematic sequences. Bond exploring a submerged plane, menaced by unexpected corpses and octopuses, will stay in the mind long after reading; and an extraordinarily tense, claustrophobic underwater battle provides the heart-stopping finale – all while the threat of nuclear annihilation hangs over our hero. Bond himself continues to grow in complexity with each novel, and in Thunderball we see him examining his own choices and mortality, as well as sharing a fair amount of humour with his CIA counterpart and returning character, Felix Leiter.