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Download You Only Live Twice eBook Å 214 pages Ü dogsalonbristol ´ [Ebook] ➩ You Only Live Twice Author Ian Fleming – Ian Fleming’s twelfth James Bond novelThe tragic end to James Bond’s last mission – courtesy of Ernst Stavro Blofeld – has left 007 a broken man Ian Fleming’s twelfth James Bond novelThe tragic end to James Bond’s last mission – courtesy of Ernst Stavro Blofeld – has left a broken man and of little use to the British Secret ServiceAt his wit’s end M decides that the only way to snap his best agent out of his torpor is You Only PDF to send him on an impossible diplom 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 so than the other flicks When classic bingo called for an action or adventure suare I used it as an excuse to read another of Ian Fleming's original Bond books You Only Live Twice which also checks off the Y for my A to Z book title challenge was the last book that Fleming wrote in his lifetime hence passing the franchise on to other less devoted writers While not my favorite Bond by far it still presented me a chance to spend time with 007 on an otherwise gloomy winter dayJames Bond is reeling off of his game so to speak It is the 1950s the height of the cold war and he has been a 00 agent since the end of World War II He has botched his last two assignments as he is still grieving from the death of his wife Tracey at the hands of the sinister Ernst Stavo Blofield and his eually vile wife Irma Bent Bond believes that he should tender his resignation yet M the head of British Secret Service MI6 can not afford to lose his most capable spy At a time when the threat of nuclear warfare has the entire world on edge M entrusts Bond with top assignments than ever Yet Bond would be happy to retire to Jamaica and live out his days in the sun and surf of the island After buttering up and prodding by M Bond agrees to a 'promotion' to the foreign service and heads to Japan on a classified diplomatic missionThe one caveat of this assignment is that there are no guns or any other secret gadgets available to Bond from MI6 While in a Japan still in the American sphere of influence Bond must learn to behave like a true member of Japanese society Entrusted in the hands of top Japanese agent Tiger Tanaka Bond spends the majority of the book immersed in Japanese culture Although he pines for English gin cigarettes food and women Bond plays the game and becomes passable for one of the taller Japanese miners Versed enough to write a rudimentary haiku and to laugh at the right places Tanaka believes that Bond is ready for his assignment to infiltrate the Garden of Death located on the remote island of Kyushu off of the Asian Sea While there he will be under the care of Bond girl Kissy Suzuki a pearl diver from the nearby island of Kuro who believes 007 to be Taro a Japanese minerBehind the garden of death are none other than Blofield and Bent themselves Creating this garden of deadly plants fish and volcanic geysers the couple encourages Japanese suicide seekers to meet their death at their paradise The couple appears just as sinister and vile in this book as they do in current Bond films most notably Spectre Yet Blofield is the only thing similar to the movies from this books Rather than disabling a nuclear weapon that is a threat to western civilization leaving viewers on edge here Bond desires revenge on Blofield and Bent and is forced to fight them without the aid of a gun This scene makes for a true fight of strength and man power and was actually enjoyable to me than some of the seuences where Bond has multiple killing agents at his disposable And of course because Blofield grows evil by the page I was silently cheering as 007 dueled his rival in true Japanese ninja styleYou Only Live Twice is one of the few instances where I may have enjoyed the movie version slightly than the book While I enjoyed seeing Bond in a different role as a foreign service officer and learning about a culture different than his own I pined for the action of the big screen I have previously read From Russia With Love and Casino Royale and both books contained action than this one Perhaps Fleming suspected that his involvement with Bond was coming to a close although he left numerous journals that would form the basis of his other stories You Only Live Twice is not my top Bond story but it was fun and even witty at parts Besides as longtime Bond viewers know from the screen James Bond will be back and hopefully my next Bond read will be better35 stars

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‘Castle of Death’ – is a gauntlet of traps no gaijin has ever penetratedBut 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 ’s bitterest foe – or a final chance to exact ultimate vengean 25 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 allYou 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 with a James Bond that has been broken after the events of On Her Majesty's Secret Service Bond has lost his interest in his job is depressed puts missions and lives at risk chases pleasures aimlessly and is on the verge of being fired The only reason he is not is that M is persuaded to set Bond an improbable task that has no other aim than to make Bond realise that he needs to step up his game What M does not know is that the investigation into the strange goings on on a Japanese island will play right into Bond's troubles Bond held the pictures not looking at them thinking Ernst Stavro Blofeld Irma Bunt So this was where they had come to hideYou would think that this set up of Bond being sent to investigate something far away from his usual life would provide some opportunity for Bond to reflect or try to deal with his own losses you know to make Bond grow as a character But no Instead Fleming decided to use this book as an opportunity to showcase his own interest in all things Japanese and use Bond as a tool for comparing Fleming's understanding of British and Japanese culturesThis part of the book is fun It might with good reason make you doubt Fleming's research There are at least two eye roll inducing assertions in Fleming's portrayal of Japan and one of which about sumo wrestlers seems to have become a myth that has transcended the Bond franchise Never mind eh As this Bond buddy read comes to a close only 2 books left one of which is a re read of a short story collection I have come to really ask myself why I stuck with the series and had not abandoned Bond's exploits after From Russia With Love which was one of the very worst books I have ever read EverWell I have to admit that Fleming's attempts at dazzling his readers with bullshit are one of the reasons this series has been fun I don't mean Fleming's xenophobia sexism homophobia snobbishness I really mean the times when Fleming tries to persuade the reader of facts that are wrong The series is riddled with mistakes about biology history physics chemistry anything that can be researched Yet Fleming talks about this stuff with so much conviction that reading a Fleming novel inevitably makes you uestion your own knowledge It is fun to discover the errors or to learn something you didn't know by looking at topics that Fleming discusses with enthusiasm which just don't sound true Even so if you have a patient reading buddy who doesn't mind sounding out some of the ideas with you On the flip side what I haven't enjoyed so much are the plots of the Bond novels There are exceptions of course Casino Royale or Dr No come to mind here but overall the plots reading in today that is were uite simplistic and often boringIn You Only Live Twice I would even go as far as to say that there is no real plot Or at least there is nothing that makes the plot interesting There is not even an evil master plan to overthrow We meet Blofeld and Bunt again but they are mere mad shadows of their characters from On Her Majesty's Secret Service Where is the fun in this So overall this is an interesting novel for getting to know a little bit about Fleming and his estimation for Japan but it is an utterly boring Bond adventure that ends with a weird variation on Madama Butterfly Such an odd novel

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You Only Live TwiceAtic 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 “You only live twiceOnce when you are bornAnd once when you look death in the face”Ian Fleming’s 12th Bond book is set in Japan and concludes his brilliant Blofeld trilogyWhile the films use Blofeld and Spectre to a greater degree Fleming’s Blofeld shows up in three books – Thunderball On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and here First published in 1964 we see Fleming at the height of his considerable narrative powers but tragically he only had a few months to liveMonths after Blofeld killed Bond’s wife Tracy Bond is a mess and M sends him East on an “impossible” mission But this is after all James Bond and our hero crashes headlong into trouble than anyone expected When Bond discovers that the Japanese nemesis is in fact Blofeld the action turns personal as ugly as a Sicilian vendetta and Fleming’s tight prose makes the most of the scenarioOne of the better Bond stories there were passages of this that made me think that this was some of Fleming’s best writing