29 June 2005
FLEMING, Ian. Thunderball. London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
8o. Original black boards, stamped in blind and gilt; pictorial dust jacket after a design by Richard Chopping (extremities lightly rubbed); quarter morocco folding case with onlaid panel incorporating cloth and playing card based on dust jacket design.
FIRST EDITION. Thunderball was the source of much frustration for Fleming: he had neglected to credit Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham, with whom he had collaborated on the writing of the screenplay, and they brought suit against him and Ivar Bryce, part-owner of the script. After ten days battling in court, they negotiated a settlement. Fleming gave up his share of the film rights to McClory, who disclaimed any interest in the novel, and received a large settlement.
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