You Only Live Twice

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Released in 1963, 1962, and 1964, respectively, this trio of James Bond adventures brought the spy into the Swingin' Sixties as he was finding a second, more popular life as a screen hero with the 1962 feature film release of Dr. No, starring Sean Connery. Bond on paper is vastly different than on film: there is a lot less dependence on the cool gadgets and technology, and his character is more vulnerable. The books, however, still offer plenty of action and are genuine page-turners. The character's unending popularity will lead fans to the original source material. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612185569
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Series: James Bond Series , #12
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 127,043
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Please bring back to the nook, they are a great series and I wou

    Please bring back to the nook, they are a great series and I would like to read them. Thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    Wow, what a splendid novel!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    Twice is not how many times i lived its how many times i read it

    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!

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