You Only Live Twice (1967)



Critic 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.

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

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


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Critic Reviews for You Only Live Twice

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (7)

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

Audience Reviews for You Only Live Twice


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

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


review coming.

Jens S.

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

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