Tour de Bond: You Only Live Twice (1964)

This week’s novel, You Only Live Twice is a significant one for me, for a bunch of reasons: One, I think it may be Fleming’s best novel (not necessarily his best BOND novel, which I’ll elaborate upon shortly). Two, it was the last Bond novel published while Fleming was still alive — the two remaining, The Man With The Golden Gun and the short collection Octopussy and the Living Daylights, were published posthumously. Three, the film version is my favorite of all of the Connery Bonds (and therefore, arguably, my favorite of all the Bond films), despite the fact that the film’s plot bears no resemblance at all to the plot of the novel… and, in fact, was the first film to differ so completely.
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