Set in Japan, You Only Live Twice is a unique novel in that it provides readers with a detailed understanding of Bond’s past.  Missing, presumed dead, M writes an obituary for James Bond in The Times where we discover that Bond was orphaned at the age of eleven, was expelled from Eton College after ‘some alleged trouble with one of the boys’ maids’, continued his education at Fettes and then entered the Ministry of Defence after claiming to be older than he was.  You Only Live Twice sees the return of Bond’s nemesis Blofeld, thus concluding the ‘Blofeld trilogy’ and was the last James Bond novel to be published in Fleming’s lifetime.

‘You only live twice.  Once when you’re born and once when you look death in the face.’

You Only Live Twice

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