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Fortysomething, photographer slacker, working in IT, living in Greenwich; failed polymath; drinks and eats too much, reads too little...

You Only Live Twice (James Bond, #12) - Ian Fleming, Mo Hayder 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-the-cover missing, presumed dead, status of Bond at the end of this novel. Let's hope he escapes this one to...