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Thunderball from The Folio Society


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The Folio Society has a number of beautifully illustrated reproductions of Ian Fleming’s Bond novels. Thunderball once more features the talents of Fay Dalton, who has provided images and a stunning slipcase.

Illustration ©2019 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of Ian Fleming’s Thunderball

Thunderball, the latest volume in the Folio Bond Collection, features a new delectable series of images by Fay Dalton, and introduces one of Ian Fleming’s greatest villains – the nefarious Blofeld.

Illustration ©2019 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of Ian Fleming’s Thunderball

MI6 is on full alert. An organisation calling itself SPECTRE has stolen two atomic bombs and is threatening to destroy an unspecified city unless the government pays their ransom of £100 million in gold bullion. Bond is dispatched to the Bahamas on a hunch that initially looks like a frustrating dead end. The beautiful surroundings and the equally alluring Dominetta ‘Domino’ Vitali offer some pleasing distractions, but it soon becomes apparent that something merciless lurks amongst the sharks in the crystal blue waters of Nassau. With time running out, Bond must use every skill at his disposal to foil the plans of this new diabolical enemy – one Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Illustration ©2019 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of Ian Fleming’s Thunderball

Fay Dalton continues her celebrated work on Folio’s collectable Bond series, bringing fans of the agent more of her glamorous, sexy and dangerous interpretation of Fleming’s iconic creation. In this latest set of illustrations, Dalton glories in the darker side of the adventure, depicting Blofeld’s grisly execution of an underling, and the brutish Emilio Largo, doused in hellish light and ready to extract the information he needs from his prone victim, by whatever means necessary. Balancing these sinister visions are glittering images of the casino, the cool spectacle of a plane sinking beneath the waves, and the sunlit tropical fantasy of Bond carrying a bikini-clad girl from the ocean.

The presentation of the book, from the artwork on the case, to the printing on the spine, is lovely – just like the other books in the series.

Having read the James Bond books when I was a child I was eager to see the illustrations from Fay Dalton and how well they integrated into the story, and I wasn’t disappointed. The  illustrations are amazing and really help to bring certain scenes to life, just like the other books in the series.

If you are a fan of James Bond books, this one is a must for your collection. I cant wait to see which book The Folio Society and Fay Dalton release next.

The Folio Society edition of Thunderball by Ian Fleming, illustrated by Fay Dalton, is available exclusively from priced £36.95.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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