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You Only Live Twice (1967)

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

Oct 17, 2000

United Artists

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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.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Sean Connery plays 007 with his usual finesse.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Tired, poorly paced Bond from 1967, with Sean Connery displaying his discontent.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Roald Dahl's implausible script is padded out with the usual exotic locations, stunts, and trickery.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This one is top-heavy with gadgets but weak on plotting and getting everything to work at the same time.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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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.

May 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Sluggish Bond entry has cartoonish violence, stereotyping.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

November 17, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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It's one of the series', and Connery's, best.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
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.

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
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.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

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

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

February 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...an awfully minor entry within Connery's 007 run.

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A well-crafted installment in the Bond series.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The weakes Connery movie but still lots of fun

February 7, 2008

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

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

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
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Audience Reviews for You Only Live Twice

my favorite soundtrack? good, slightly over the top Bond.
April 9, 2007
brooklynspo

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.
December 21, 2012
cosmo313
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.
November 4, 2012
jlewis07

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.
October 30, 2012
KJ Proulx

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    1. Aki: I look forward to working under you Mr Bond.
    – Submitted by Chris W (16 months ago)
    1. 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 (19 months ago)
    1. Ernst Stavros Blofeld: James Bond. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Ernst Stavro Blofeld. They told me you were assassinated in Hong Kong.
    2. James Bond: Yes, this is my second life.
    3. Ernst Stavros Blofeld: You only live twice, Mr. Bond.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (19 months ago)
    1. 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.
    2. James Bond: Well, if I'm gonna be forced to watch television, may I smoke?
    3. Ernst Stavros Blofeld: Yes. Give him his cigarettes. It won't be the nicotine that kills you, Mr. Bond.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (19 months ago)
    1. Aki: You wouldn't touch that horrible woman, would you?
    2. James Bond: Oh heaven forbid.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (19 months ago)
    1. Ernst Stavros Blofeld: Kill. Bond. Now.
    – Submitted by Michael B (20 months ago)
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