Thunderball Themes

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Blofeld, as head of SPECTRE, demands unquestioning loyalty from his group of cutthroats. For disobeying SPECTRE's dictates, the punishment is death. As Blofeld's surrogate, Largo demands the same unquestioning loyalty. To enjoy the profits available as members of the group, each member must suppress his individual needs, thoughts, and instinct and, with unquestioning loyalty, follow the leader.

SPECTRE's idea of loyalty is hypocritical, though. Blofeld himself answers to no one and is loyal to no one. The reader may interpret Blofeld's willingness to continue Plan Omega after Domino has been caught spying as a purely selfish move. After all, Blofeld is safe and only his men are taking risks. In an even more obvious show of disloyalty, SPECTRE double-crosses Giuseppe Petacchi, the Italian pilot who steals the plane for them. Loyalty in the SPECTRE organization only travels one way. Subordinates must obey their superiors, but superiors have no...

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