July 3, 1961 - Hitting local bookstores today is "Thunderball," the latest James Bond mystery by Ian Fleming. Thunderball is the ninth book in the Bond series, and the eighth full-length Bond novel. The story centers on the theft of two atomic bombs by the crime syndicate SPECTRE and the attempted blackmail of the Western powers for their return. James Bond travels to the Bahamas to work with his friend Felix Leiter of the CIA.
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