Wednesday 10 March 2021

Next from The Folio Society - You only live twice


Illustration ©Fay Dalton 2021 form The Folio Society edition of You Only Live Twice.
Text added by James Bond - The Secret Agent blog. 

The eleventh volume in The Folio Society’s spectacular James Bond series sees the agent fighting not only for his life, but for his very livelihood. The last book to be published before Ian Fleming died, You Only Live Twice contains everything that makes a Bond novel so thrilling: exotic locations, glamorous women, grotesque villains – while also revealing a little more of what makes the agent tick.


Fay Dalton continues her dazzling work on this series, with seven gorgeous colour illustrations and a show-stopping pictorial slipcase. The elegantly understated binding design nods to both the location of Bond’s latest adventure, and the agent’s love of smart suits.


The story starts with Bond at his lowest ebb. Since Blofeld murdered his wife all passion for his work has disappeared, but M is willing to give him once last chance to save his career.


In a seemingly impossible mission, Bond must infiltrate the so-called Castle of Death, the home of the mysterious Dr Shatterhand. Looming on the shores of the Japanese island of Kyushu, this is no ordinary criminal hideout. Featuring a garden populated with deadly plants and venomous snakes, the compound is a veritable murder machine, with hundreds having already lost their lives to it. To get to the heart of the castle and put a stop to the madness, Bond must first master the ancient ways of the ninjutsu. And he must master them quickly, for there is much more to the sinister Dr Shatterhand than first appears.

I have not been able to take a closer look myself on the book since I will receive it tomorrow but looking at the pictures below and knowing the high quality drawings that Fay Dalton has created earlier in the series I am sure that this release will be as good as the ten previous books. 

I am obligated to mention that this novel will be sent to me for free since I run this this blog. But as a Swedish chef once said when he got spice samples for free "It doesn't matter that I got them for free since I would have bought them anyway"

PS. Just a funny thing I found today when scrolling through the Folio website. They have released Lee Child's Jack Reacher novel Killing Floor. Now we all now Ian Fleming Publications want James Bonds face to be used as little as possible. It it actually not seen many times in the Folio series at all. (not once in FRWL) and now that I found Lee Child's book I could see that they work just the same. No visible face. I both like it and dislike it. What are your thoughts on this? Comment below!  

You Only Live Twice

By Ian Fleming

Illustrated by Fay Dalton


Available exclusively from The Folio Society –


Price:  £39.95


Production details:  Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Miller Text with Folio Bold Condensed as display. 232 pages. 7 colour illustrations. Pictorial slipcase. 9˝x 6¼˝

Illustration ©Fay Dalton 2021 form The Folio Society edition of You Only Live Twice

Illustration ©Fay Dalton 2021 form The Folio Society edition of You Only Live Twice

Illustration ©Fay Dalton 2021 form The Folio Society edition of You Only Live Twice


  1. FYI, Bond was not sent to Japan, initially, to infiltrate the castle of Dr. Shatterhand. He was sent there on a "pick-me-up" doable mission to get him out of his depression. It was later on the novel that he found out that Dr. Shatterhand was actually Blofeld. The illustration teasers all look great. Sure wish Folio will release a book that has all the series illustrations of Fay Dalton.

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