GARDNER, John. Nobody Lives For Ever. London: Jonathan Cape, 1986.
8vo., black publishers boards with lettering in gilt to spine; original dust wrapper illustrated by Trevor Scobie in keeping with original Chopping design; pp. 192; dust wrapper price clipped; a slight lean; else a fine copy.
First edition, with Gardner's tipped-in signature.
Nobody Lives For Ever is the fifth novel by John Gardner featuring James Bond. Recovering from his injuries sustained by the hand of Bond himself, Tamil Rahani, the current leader of SPECTRE, sends a small army of trained assassins to brings him his head on a silver platter. Along his journey, Bond attemps to resue his housekeeper May and the ever-loyal Moneypenny, but with no-one to turn to, he finds himself being chased by members of the KGB, corrupt police officers, and agents of SPECTRE in disguise.
The book is the last of the Bond series to feature the traditional 'wood grain' dust wrapper, first seen on From Russia with Love in 1957.