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Sylvan Whittingham Mason

The Thunderball Story

by Sylvan Whittingham Mason

This limited edition chronology ispersonally signed by Jack Whittingham’s daughter, Sylvan —one of the few people left alive who were there at the time— and provides a concise insight into the history of the very first James Bond screenplay.

«My aim with this book is to present my fathers enormous contribution to the 007 phenomenon in a simple, clear way that, not just the serious James Bond aficionado who is happy to trawl through some 400 pages of small writing while enjoying it, but for everybody who finds it hard to grasp this somewhat complex tale. I have been asked so many times to explain what happened and I always start off by saying “I’ll keep this as brief as I can” but before I am halfway through the story, eyes start to glaze over, and very few people actually understand that Ian Fleming did not write theThunderballnovel or theThunderball screenplay, and the character of Bond in his books was not the same character that appeared in the films, though he did bear the same name. One of my closest friends remarked recently after reading my book, “At last I see clearly exactly what happened!”», says Sylvan.

“Exciting real life story of the courtroom battle for Bond. Beautifully written by Sylvan Whittingham Mason, the daughter of Screenwriter, Jack Whittingham, who with Producer Kevin McClory , fought Ian Fleming for the ownership of the Thunderball story and won. A must-read for all Bond enthusiasts and all who enjoy an intriguing courtroom drama.”

— Sara Leighton,


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