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You Only Live Twice (1967)


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: With exotic locales, impressive special effects, and a worthy central villain, You Only Live Twice overcomes a messy and implausible story to deliver another memorable early Bond flick.

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: With exotic locales, impressive special effects, and a worthy central villain, You Only Live Twice overcomes a messy and implausible story to deliver another memorable early Bond flick.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 56,624



Movie Info

James Bond heads East to save the world (and to learn how to serve saki properly) in this action-packed espionage adventure. When an American spacecraft disappears during a mission, it's widely believed to have been intercepted by the Soviet Union, and after a Russian space capsule similarly goes missing, most consider it to be an act of American retaliation. Soon the two nations are at the brink of war, but British intelligence discovers that some sort of UFO has crashed into the Sea of Japan. … More

PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Harold Jack Bloom , Roald Dahl
In Theaters:
Oct 17, 2000
United Artists


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Critic Reviews for You Only Live Twice

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (11) | DVD (15)

There have been so many flamboyant imitations that the original looks like a copy.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Sean Connery plays 007 with his usual finesse.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

Tired, poorly paced Bond from 1967, with Sean Connery displaying his discontent.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Roald Dahl's implausible script is padded out with the usual exotic locations, stunts, and trickery.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This noisy and wildly violent picture... is evidently pegged to the notion that nothing succeeds like excess. And because it is shamelessly excessive, it is about a half-hour too long.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

This one is top-heavy with gadgets but weak on plotting and getting everything to work at the same time.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Another fun, exciting James Bond adventure even if it's the first of the initial five 007 outings that doesn't live up to series' expectations.

Full Review… | May 31, 2014
Lyles' Movie Files

Sluggish Bond entry has cartoonish violence, stereotyping.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Common Sense Media

The fifth Bond film, with Agent 007 in the East, is not as good as the previous ones, but it still offers escapist entertainment.

Full Review… | November 17, 2012

It's one of the series', and Connery's, best.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
Total Film

the action scenes are quite enjoyable and the special effects are terrific. But the story is just so lazy and lackluster that I became uninterested during any scenes that didn't contain gunshots or explosions.

Full Review… | October 21, 2012
Sin Magazine

What seems like a floundering follow-up to the canned, constrained "Thunderball" rights the ship with imaginative storytelling, impeccable production design and furious filmmaking flourishes that introduce the Bond hallmarks of stunts and spectacles.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012

The one where the franchise became out-and-out ridiculous.

Full Review… | July 1, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

It vainly tries to flash its escapist fun teeth with the usual implausible Bond plot.

Full Review… | February 14, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews awfully minor entry within Connery's 007 run.

Full Review… | October 16, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Sean Connery's disenchantment with his starring role is unmistakable in this, the fifth Bond spectacular.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A well-crafted installment in the Bond series.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008

The weakes Connery movie but still lots of fun

February 7, 2008

Tons of fun, really, and Donald Pleasence as Blofeld is inimitable.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007

A primetime Bond adventure plus the best Bond movie theme of all time.

June 10, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

It isn't "Thunderball" and it sure isn't "Goldfinger," but it IS old-school Connery Bond, so obviously it's a darn good time.

April 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for You Only Live Twice


my favorite soundtrack? good, slightly over the top Bond.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Okay, so while this film might have some really over-the-top moments that really test believability and prove quite silly and logic defying, this is nevertheless a supremely entertaining piece of escapist entertainment that ranks really high on my personal list of favorite Bond films.

This time around Bond turns Japanese (just go with it) in order to stop another plot masterminded by venerable Bond villain Blofeld (controversially seen completely uncovered) who is played by the great Donald Pleasence. Basically the plot involves a volcano lair, and a missing American spacecraft, the theft of which almost turns the Cold War hot.

The music is great, the film has an epic scale and shines as a work of thrilling spectacle. Yeah, sometimes it can be a bit boring, and it's a little hard to always ignore the sillier moments, but still, it's a lot of fun, even if it's not Connery's best turn.

This movie just really speaks to me, and I can't help but love it. Maybe I just happened to see it at the right time, and that's why I love it so much? Who knows. Regardless, it's definitely a fun entry into the series, and definitely worth checking out.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

The Bond series goes a little too over the top here with a plot that is outright ridiculous. This one is not nearly as good as the ones before it, although Connery is still strong as Bond. The first half is stronger than the second half (and far more entertaining for my money). The lack of a villain for a majority of the movie really takes away from the fun. This one is just not as compelling in its storytelling and the pacing is all over the place. It's not terrible and certainly is remembered for the unmasking of Blofeld as well as the Japanese setting, but it's otherwise a middling entry in the series and certainly not memorable in that regard. The Connery era's first misstep.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


It may not have the best story, which is what the first two bond films benefitted from, but the action is absolutely brilliant and heart-pounding. Bond is at it again, and as he fakes his death in order to sneak into Japan and earn some ninja sidekicks (sounds cheesy I know). On his 'second life,' he must stop a space terrorist from stealing cargo and starting a nuclear war on earth. This film is very farfetched in terms of it's plot, but the execution is far greater than you would expect. "You Only Live Twice" is not one of the better bond films, but it has some of the best actions sequences.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

You Only Live Twice Quotes

I look forward to working under you Mr Bond.
– Submitted by Chris W (19 months ago)
Ernst Stavros Blofeld:
As you can see, I am about to inaugurate a little war. In a matter of hours after America and Russia have annihilated each other. We shall see a new power dominating the world.
– Submitted by Lucas M (22 months ago)
Ernst Stavros Blofeld:
James Bond. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Ernst Stavro Blofeld. They told me you were assassinated in Hong Kong.
James Bond:
Yes, this is my second life.
Ernst Stavros Blofeld:
You only live twice, Mr. Bond.
– Submitted by Lucas M (22 months ago)
Ernst Stavros Blofeld:
The firing power inside my crater is enough to annihilate a small army. You can watch it all on TV. It's the last program you're likely to see.
James Bond:
Well, if I'm gonna be forced to watch television, may I smoke?
Ernst Stavros Blofeld:
Yes. Give him his cigarettes. It won't be the nicotine that kills you, Mr. Bond.
– Submitted by Lucas M (22 months ago)
You wouldn't touch that horrible woman, would you?
James Bond:
Oh heaven forbid.
– Submitted by Lucas M (22 months ago)
Ernst Stavros Blofeld:
Kill. Bond. Now.
– Submitted by Michael B (23 months ago)

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