You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice

by Ian Fleming


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The tragic end to James Bond’s last mission—courtesy of Ernst Stavro Blofeld—has left 007 a broken man and of little use to the British Secret Service. At his wit’s end, M decides that the only way to snap his best agent out of his torpor is to send him on an impossible diplomatic mission to Japan. Bond’s contact there is the formidable Japanese spymaster Tiger Tanaka, who agrees to do business with the West if Bond will assassinate one of his enemies: a mysterious Swiss botanist named Dr. Guntram Shatterhand.

Shatterhand is not who he seems, however, and his impregnable fortress—known to the locals as the “Castle of Death”—is a gauntlet of traps no gaijin has ever penetrated. But through rigorous ninja training, and with some help from the beautiful and able Kissy Suzuki, Bond manages to gain access to Shatterhand’s lair. Inside lurks certain doom at the hands of 007’s bitterest foe—or a final chance to exact ultimate vengeance.

The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612185569
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: James Bond Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 233
Sales rank: 113,031
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ian Fleming (1908–1964) was born in London and educated at Eton and Sandhurst. During World War II, he served in British Naval Intelligence, playing a key role in shaping the prototype CIA. His wide-ranging, fast-paced life would provide the backdrop for his beloved spy novels featuring the perennially charming James Bond.

Martin Jarvis has starred in many West End productions and on Broadway in By Jeeves. His screen appearances include Titanic, Murder She Wrote, Miss Marple, Numb3rs, Inspector Morse, and Stargate Atlantis. He is an award-winning audiobook performer and has received an OBE from the Queen for his services to drama.

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You Only Live Twice (James Bond Series #12) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As usual well written but the story dragged a bit toward the middle. A little less time fishing w Kissy and more time dodging the bad guys in th ecastle would have been more entertaining. The ending w Bond losing his memory is interesting. Looking forward to the next book
drneutron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My second favorite Bond book after On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which just happens to be the previous book. The combination of his devastation after the events of the last book, another battle with a memorable villain, and the wistfulness of the ending give just this book just the right note. The plot isn't as deep as other books, but the characters and the prose are Fleming near the top of his game.
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting adition to the Bond novels. There are some highly confusing sections at the start, either that or my knowledge of various things is not up to scratch. Good story and an interesting denouement make this essential Bond reading.
NicholasPayne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first of the movies to compltely depart from the book's storyline, and a damned pity it is. Bond is one sad puppy in this next to last novel. Demoted and deeply depressed over his wife's murder, he finally avenges her death and kills Blofeld, who is masquerading in Japan as Dr. Shatterhand, a nefarious nutjob who accomodates the suicide-prone Japanese by maintaining a garden in which every poisonous plant and animal on earth is cultivated. True villainy opposed to do-or-die heroism.
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, just wow. For a while there Fleming was in a real slump, but starting with the last one he really picked things up and this one is easily beat only by Casino Royale. Blofeld is fascinating in his newest incarnation, and again Fleming leaves us wondering what will become of James Bond. Kissy Suzuki was one of my favorite Bond girls so far as well, and all in all this made for a really excellent addition to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please bring back to the nook, they are a great series and I would like to read them. Thank you
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You Only Live Twice is arguably on of Ian Fleming's best novels. His descriptions of Japan are truly memorable and the characters couldn't be more interesting. It is quite a challenge, though, to imagine Blofeld's castle and Garden of Death. I loved every single page and absorbed the dialogue. An exquisite masterpiece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a pure bond classic in japan. I loved it so much that i read the book twice all i can sat is that it is a spy CLASSIC!