My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Thunderball is the ninth James Bond novel, and there are times when it shows that the author might be running out of ideas, and there are times when it looks like there is plenty of life in the old dog yet.
Thunderball has to be one of the better novels in the range with a really good rip-roaring plot, with a group of people trying to hold the world to ransom by threatening to blow up first a small location and then something much bigger unless they are paid one hundred million pounds in gold bullion, which is the sort of plot that is typical of spy thrillers the world over but which really probably started with this book.
What I found most interesting in this book was the whole concept of SPECTRE, and the introduction of the criminal mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who doesn’t feature in the book as often as you might of expected, but who makes the most impression out of any the villainous characters in any of the books so far, and in this book itself, as there is also the character of Count Lippe and Emilio Largo who are also both larger than life villains, but just aren’t nearly as interesting as the character of Blofeld.
I would have to say that this version of the story is far better than either of the film versions that were made based upon the novel, which is ironic when you consider that this all started as a film script!