The tragic end to James Bonds last missioncourtesy of Ernst Stavro Blofeldhas left 007 a broken man and of little use to the British Secret Service. At his wits end, M decides that the only way to snap his best agent out of his torpor is to send him on an impossible diplomatic mission to Japan. Bonds 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 fortressknown to the locals as the Castle of Deathis a gauntlet of traps no gaijin has ever penetrated. But through rigorous ninja training, and with some help from the beautiful and able Kissy Suzuki, Bond manages to gain access to Shatterhands lair. Inside lurks certain doom at the hands of 007s bitterest foeor a final chance to exact ultimate vengeance.
The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.