You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice In this sequel to the tragic On Her Majesty s Secret Service Bond is depressed and adrift M decides to send him on an impossible mission to revive his spirits he must go to Japan to acquire a new ci

  • Title: You Only Live Twice
  • Author: Ian Fleming
  • ISBN: 9780224608503
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Hardcover
  • You Only Live Twice

    In this sequel to the tragic On Her Majesty s Secret Service , Bond is depressed and adrift M decides to send him on an impossible mission to revive his spirits he must go to Japan to acquire a new ciphering method from Tiger Tanaka, head of the Japanese Secret Service Tanaka finally agrees, but asks in return that Bond assassinate an infamous recluse who owns a gardIn this sequel to the tragic On Her Majesty s Secret Service , Bond is depressed and adrift M decides to send him on an impossible mission to revive his spirits he must go to Japan to acquire a new ciphering method from Tiger Tanaka, head of the Japanese Secret Service Tanaka finally agrees, but asks in return that Bond assassinate an infamous recluse who owns a garden filled with deadly animals and poisonous plants, where people have been going to commit suicide The Garden of Evil

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    1. Brina

      I am one of the first to admit that I would rather be reading than watching most television, movies, and other media other than a few of my favorite franchise series. One of those series is James Bond, and I have seen most films at least once. I have a favorite Bond actor and a favorite film for each Bond, which I am partial to and end up repeating more so than the other flicks. When classic bingo called for an action or adventure square, I used it as an excuse to read another of Ian Fleming's o [...]

    2. Mohsin Maqbool

      I WAS reading a lot of espionage and western novels in the early 70s. In fact, I had started reading espionage in 1969 with “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” novels and Ian Fleming’s “Goldfinger” which was followed by “Thunderball” and finally “You Only Live Twice”, both of which I read in 1970age: Ian Lancaster Fleming writing his novels in the bedroom of his house in Jamaica.Of the three James Bond novels, I think I had liked “You Only Live Twice” the best. Maybe because the loca [...]

    3. Carmen

      You only live twice:Once when you are born,And once when you look death in the face.This is the haiku James Bond composes in this book, but in reality it is by Bassho, a Japanese poet.This is a very weird book. Actually, it's my personal opinion that (view spoiler)[the death of Gwen Stacy Tracy Bond (hide spoiler)] marks the point this series jumped the shark. When that event happens at the very end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, it marks the end of good Bond books, at least to my recollect [...]

    4. Richard Derus

      Rating: 3.5* of five1967's film version of the book apparently kept nothing to speak of from the book's plot, little enough of the characters, and broke new ground in space science, if only physics would agree to operate by Bondiverse rules. So that raises the question:What the actual fuck. Undetectable space launches from a densely packed island nation famous then as now for being xenophobic? Volcanos hollowed out and repurposed because they're extinct and then *KERPOW* they blow up on cue? The [...]

    5. BrokenTune

      2.5*"The Superintendent went to the bottom of his file and extracted what looked like a blown-up copy of Doctor Guntram Shatterhand’s passport photograph and handed it over. Bond took it nonchalantly. Then his whole body stiffened. He said to himself, God Almighty! God Almighty! Yes. There was no doubt, no doubt at all!"You Only Live Twice or, as I really want to call it, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Part Deux, because I can't help seeing parallels to the second Hot Shots! movie, deals wi [...]

    6. F.R.

      “(Britain has) not only lost a great Empire, you have seemed almost anxious to throw it away with both hands You apparently sought to arrest this slide into impotence at Suez, (but) succeeded only in stage-managing one of the most pitiful bungles in the history of the world, if not the worst. Further, your governments have shown themselves successively incapable of ruling and have handed over effective control of the country to the trade unions, who appear to be dedicated to the principle of d [...]

    7. El

      In 1964, Ian Fleming wrote Bond #12, You Only Live Twice. Three years later, someone must have decided they hated the book and made a movie about something completely different. Essentially. The two certainly do not have a lot in common.For good measure, the original trailer.One word about the movie that makes it more awesome than the book: The screenplay was written by my beloved Roald Dahl. The truly Dahl-esque moment (which is shown in the above trailer) is when a helicopter carries a car ful [...]

    8. Bill Lynas

      James Bond's twelfth adventure takes him to Japan, but this is not really a novel involving the usual gunplay & gambling. Fleming creates an excellent picture of a culture far removed from our own & we are introduced to some of his greatest characters. Tiger Tanaka, head of the Japanese Secret Service & Dikko Henderson are two of my favourites. Despite the story revolving considerably around death there is a surprising amount of humour for a Fleming novel. Having read the story quite [...]

    9. Sandy

      Written during the winter of 1963, at Ian Fleming's Goldeneye retreat in Oracabessa, on the north shore of Jamaica, "You Only Live Twice" was the author's 11th James Bond novel, not counting the short story collection "For Your Eyes Only." Ultimately released in March '64, just five months before the author's untimely demise, it was the last Bond novel to be completed. (The posthumous 007 novel "The Man With the Golden Gun" is an essentially unfinished first draft, lacking the rich detail that F [...]

    10. Doug

      I thought there was definitely an element of "I am so sick of writing these books" in this one. For example, "You want me to begin with Bond winning some sort of gambling game like in most of the other books? Fine! I'll narrate a high-stakes round of ROCK PAPER SCISSORS! Fuck you!" and "You want a death trap? Okay, how about having Bond's testicles dangle over a LIVE ACTIVE VOLCANIC GEYSER! Go to hell!" and "You want the scene where Bond instantly masters some skill that other people take years [...]

    11. James

      The last of the Blofeld trilogy and also the last Bond novel to be published in Fleming's lifetime. Bond's career is falling apart after the murder of his wife in the previous novel. M revokes his 00 status and assigns him to the diplomatic branch, sending him on a seemingly impossible mission to Japan, to negotiate with the head of their secret service.Much like the end of "From Russia With Love", where Bond is supposedly fatally poisoned. This novel also builds up to the already-revealed-on-th [...]

    12. Wendy

      My friend recently praised the audiobook narrations of Simon Vance. Unfortunately, my library's inventory is small and Overdrive Media only allows me to download MP3s to my Nexus, further limiting my options to only two James Bond novels narrated by Vance. Since I have been wanting to read Bond books, I figured why not.Shortly into the reading, my friend asked me what I thought of Vance's performance. I informed her that there was no Simon Vance. There was only James Bond and Tiger Tanaka. Vance [...]

    13. Howard Olsen

      This is last fully realized Bond novel from Fleming (he died while revising "The Man With The Golden Gun"). It is also an exercise in Far East exotica as Bond travels to Japan for a mission. Like "Dr. No," the story builds slowly with the Bad Guy (Blofeld, again) appearing towards the very end. Most of the book is taken up with; first, an extended sequence where Bond and the head of the Japanese Secret Service - the inevitably inscrutable Tiger Tanaka - travel around Japan arguing over the merit [...]

    14. David Nicol

      This was the first 'Bond' book that I've read and in hindsight it probably wasn't the best choice to start with.Having grown up on the Bond films I was aware that the books were quite different to gadget-centric films of the same name. However, I was quite disappointed that there was basically no action until the final fifth of the book and not once did he punch anyone in the face (I R DISAPPOINT).It's obvious from the book that Ian Fleming had quite a good understanding of Japanese culture and [...]

    15. Jim

      I seem to remember reading all or part of Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice many years ago when it was abridged and serialized in Playboy magazine. I do not remember many of the long scenes with Tiger Tanaka, which either were not in the issue(s) I had, or which were mercifully left on the cutting room floor.In this, the third of Fleming's SPECTRE novels, James Bond catches up with Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his infamous consort Irma Blunt at a Japanese castle and blows them to kingdom come. (As B [...]

    16. Jeff

      This Bond novel is arguably the best in the Fleming series. Not only is it an excellent spy and revenge story, it's also a chilling account of the human condition in post-war Japan. The fact that Blofeld sets up base in a country that (at the time) had the highest suicide rate in the world is no simple super-villain plot device. The Japanese have a strong sense of honor and shame and they lost the war at a terrible cost. As a result the suicide elements in the book are very emotional; all of thi [...]

    17. Mike (the Paladin)

      If you've seen the movie by this have Absolutely no idea what the book's about.Bond not in such good grace with the secret service and still trying to recover from "what happened" at the end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service M is considering offering him "retirement". Hummm, but instead renumbers him 7777 and gives him an extremely difficult assignment, go figure.(view spoiler)[Bond carry's it out and in the time of it does what takes most people almost a life time to masters a master [...]

    18. Rick Brindle

      Why do people review films on a book site? What the.Anyway, this is far from being the best Bond book. In this story 007 is sent on an impossible mission to try and shake him out of his grief at losing his wife. He goes to Japan, and in exchange for the Japanese offering the British intelligence material, Bond has to kill a foreigner who has built a garden full of deadly plants and other hazards that attract lots of people to commit suicide.A reasonable plot line, then, so what's wrong with it? [...]

    19. C.G. Fewston

      You Only Live Twice (1964) by Ian Fleming was published some eleven years after his first James Bond book, Casino Royale, and five months before Fleming would die on August 12, 1964. Compared to the scope and achievement of Casino Royale, You Only Live Twice is a poor narrative with some brief bright points. It is no surprise since You Only Live Twice comes at the tail end of Fleming's career arch and after the international success of the early books and films (the first film being Dr No in 196 [...]

    20. Alex Gherzo

      Easily the worst of Fleming's "Blofeld Trilogy." After the death of his wife Tracy, James Bond is distracted at the office, bungling missions, and leaving work to sit in silent reflection. To break him out of his funk, M sends him to Japan on a diplomatic mission to persuade Japanese Intelligence to give the British access to a cypher called MAGIC 44, with which they've been decoding Russian correspondence. Tiger Tanaka, the head of Japanese Intelligence, agrees to let Bond have it in return for [...]

    21. Jason Reeser

      I've read some reviews of this by readers who really thought this was the worse Bond book ever. I've not read them all, but I wouldn't agree with them. However, I think I know why they are disappointed with this book. Fleming does not stick to his formula here. This is a very different book. Much the way Japan is a culture unlike our Western culture, You Only Live Twice is unlike the other Bond books. More exotic, less formulaic, with so many quirky passages. Either Fleming was working hard to a [...]

    22. Bruce

      I find have more to say about a comparison of You Only Live Twice with Agatha Christie's They Do It with Mirrors than a consideration of these works separately. Maybe also because I read one after the other at a time when I really needed them. In both, the stories lead inexorably to the total, delicious defeat of a dirty dog of a villain by a sublimely efficacious hero. Miss Marple quietly breaking through the confusion of a baffling puzzle to let everyone know what's what, and James Bond, depre [...]

    23. Seth Skorkowsky

      I've gotten used to the fact that Bond novels and Bond movies rarely share much (if anything) in common. Here we get Bond going through depression after the death of his wife in the last novel. M gives him one last chance, a simple job in Japan. Things become much less simple once he arrives.One thing that I find interesting here is that Fleming shows more respect toward the Japanese people and culture than Bond (notice I only said "more respect." He is Fleming after all.) Bond is still a racist [...]

    24. Luke

      In this story, a bereaved Bond is coming close to the end. By screwing up missions (probably not aided by the references to drinking a pint of bourbon at a time) and mooning over his dead wife, the agent has become something of a liability to his section.So, M sends him off on a mission that's considered to be suicidal. Good choice!This novel is classic Bond. There's exotic locales (and ladies), plenty of booze and quick-and-easy, ruthless death at every turn. The prose is serviceable, though ob [...]

    25. Zohar -

      "You Only Live Twice" is the concluding novel of the "Blofeld Trilogy" ("Thunderball", "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" with "The Spy Who Loved Me" in the middle but not part of the trilogy). The story finds James Bond in a sad place after the murder of his wife and a fading career. M, head of MI6, wants to dismiss Bond but changes his mind, gives him a new number ("7777") and assigns him the difficult mission of convincing Japan's secret service to provide information about the Soviet Union. T [...]

    26. Mark

      YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, the last James Bond novel Ian Fleming lived to see published, is great page-turner, with interesting insights (some unfortunately colored by prejudices of the time) into Japanese culture as well as the post-WWII decline of Britain as a global power. Bond, a wreck of a man after the death of his wife in the previous novel, is sent on a diplomatic mission to Japan, and then in an unexpected plot twist finds himself in one final battle against mad genius Ernst Stavro Blofeld (w [...]

    27. Jay

      Not as much action as I expected for a Bond story. In this James is touring Japan and being diplomatic. It felt like Fleming was stretching with extended descriptions, a la guidebook, of plants, as well as in a few other places where it feels like a tourist guidebook. And Bond's behavior is quite odd, he's in a funk that he really doesn't get over until the end, then only for a short while. As you come to expect, there are long monologues by the villain, and there are some highly unlikely plot d [...]

    28. umberto

      Set in Japan and written with knowledgeable details regarding essential do’s and don’ts as advised by Tiger Tanaka, Head of the Japanese Secret Service, to Bondo-san, that is, James Bond before pursuing his heroic mission, the fiction’s title “You Only Live Twice” has since been mysterious to me from its 1967 movie title. I mean its translated meaning is something philosophical, its context required for more understanding. In fact, it’s taken from the first line of a 17-syllable haik [...]

    29. Justin

      Without a doubt, my favorite Bond book of all. Not only because I am a far-gone Japanophile, but because so much of this book blooms a sweet sensitivity that the others I've read do not possess. Bond has his final showdown with Blofeld and a knock to the head renders Bond with near total amnesia. The "Bond-girl" here, Kissy Suzuki, mends him and keeps him. Bond lives two lives. It's probably a secret dream of most men to be able to innocently disappear from their own life and live a guiltless se [...]

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