You Only Live Twice


You Only Live Twice

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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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In the fifth James Bond thriller starring Sean Connery, Bond has to battle Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE, who have been gathering Russian and American spacecrafts in a diabolical plan to begin WWIII. Though Roald Dahl's script contains some serious lapses of logic, the film is entertaining.

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Sean Connery
as James Bond
Donald Pleasence
as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Tetsuro Tamba
as Tiger Tanaka
Mie Hama
as Kissy Suzuki
Teru Shimada
as Mr. Osato
Karin Dor
as Helga Brandt
Charles Gray
as Henderson
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
Alexander Knox
as American President
Tsai Chin
as Chinese Girl
Robert Hutton
as President's Aide
Burt Kwouk
as Spectre 3
Michael Chow
as SPECTRE No. 4
Jeanne Roland
as Bond's Masseuse
Daivd Toguri
as Assassin (Bedroom)
John Stone
as Submarine Captain
Norman Jones
as Astronaut - 1st American Spacecraft
Laurence Herder
as Astronaut - Russian Spacecraft
Richard Graydon
as Astronaut - Russian Spacecraft
Bill Mitchell
as Astronaut - 2nd American Spacecraft
George Roubicek
as Astronaut - 2nd American Spacecraft
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  • Feb 15, 2019
    Bond goes to the Orient to try to stop a plan to start thermonuclear war between the superpowers. Charting elements of the Cold War, the space race, and Brit inadequacy, there's mucho action, mucho testosterone, and still time to fondle some of that Asian love. A Bond lovers paradise, with Nancy Sinatra helming the earworm theme song this time around.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Sean Connery's fifth 007 adventure becomes shaky - though not stirred - thanks to some unwieldy impossible plot points, but the awe-striking stunts and eye-catching Asian backdrop frame an overall spectacular adventure. Really, this exciting chapter only stumbles when it trips over the tongue in its cheek. Between the volcano lair, mustache twirling villainy (minus an actual mustache), and too many go-go gadgets, it's hard to see where You Only Live Twice ends and the deserved spoofs begin. The Austin Powers series smartly apes much of the film's spectacle, but - then again - that's an amazing compliment to the film's iconography. Still, silliness of the now-classic genre tropes and over-reliance on top gear aside, You Only Live Twice is a briskly paced spy game. In this classic spy caper, Agent 007 (Connery) and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked. Even though he would relinquish the part in the follow-up, Connery never once phones in his performance of Bond. He throws himself into the derring-do even when the script throws too many props at him. With this chapter, the series' increasing cheekiness and deviation into formula comes near - but doesn't completely overtake - the suspense and intrigue. The action, however, rarely disappoints and Donald Pleasence gives a deliciously arch performance as Bond nemesis Dr. Evil, er, Ersnt Blofeld. Harold and the Purple Crayon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl provides the script, but this overblown adventure shows all the earmarks of show-boating producers "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman pulling out all of the stops. Bottom line: Or So It Seems
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2015
    I think You Only Live Twice suffers from the same mistakes that Thunderball made, which is trying to too much different. The first three Sean Connery Bond films are each terrific in their own right but they follow the same structure just in a slightly unique way. With You Only Live Twice (YOLT), I once again felt like I wasn't watching a Bond film at all. This film takes Bond all the way out to the Japan area and closer (but really farther away) to the inter-workings of Spectre. I'm on record saying that I have grown tired of seeing the leader of Spectre teased and teased in each film without any actual payoff. We get that here, but the Japanese structure gives this film enough uniqueness to hold me off one more time. Why it took them so long to reveal who is behind Spectre is beyond me, but I just think this and Thunderball were missed opportuities. The problem is that I can't help but think the reason to bring Bond to Japan was to appeal to a broader audience. That's fine, but if you lose the fans you had in the first place, it does no good. Another strange thing about YOLT is that much like Thunderball dealt with underwater sequnences, this film dealt with space exploration and Spectre's interest in capturing American spacecrafts. It's just too out there for a James Bond film. But unlike Thunderball, YOLT only has maybe one cool action sequence and music that isn't as fresh or exciting as Thunderball. Although the climax of the film does give us action packed thrills and our first look at you know who, it doesn't save the rest of the film for me. The Japanese aesthetic ends up growing tiresome after you spend 80% of the movie there. I wish the franchise would have integrated the more interesting characters back at MI6 at this point in the series. Understanding that Bond is a man coming back from the dead in this story, I wish the films themselves would do the same. Return to what made the franchise so exciting and entertaining. +Spectre finally unveiled, sort of +New aesthetic +Ambitious -But the change to the setting seemed forced and money oriented -Silly at times -Why space? 6.1/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Another Bond film that people don't really remember apart from the soundtrack and the fact that we finally get to see the leader of Spectre Dr Evil oops I mean number 1, The plot is pretty silly just like most of the gadgets in this film like the tiny one person helicopter that manages to fight 4 other helicopters with ease plus there's also some other non needed gadgets too, Having said that there was some nice little stunts and the action was ok, But it never leaves its comfort zone and nothing is really new to speak of and that's why it's never one of the first 007 films we think of.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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