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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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There have been so many flamboyant imitations that the original looks like a copy.
Sean Connery plays 007 with his usual finesse.
Tired, poorly paced Bond from 1967, with Sean Connery displaying his discontent.
Roald Dahl's implausible script is padded out with the usual exotic locations, stunts, and trickery.
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.
This one is top-heavy with gadgets but weak on plotting and getting everything to work at the same time.
Still plenty of fun to be had, so long as you ignore the ... old fashioned aspects of the film, and have a sense of humour about it.
No samurai armour; no suicide garden; not much really of Fleming's bizarre, obsessive travelogue.
The picture is upholstered to the nines, which means there has been no cheating on the production values. Lewis Gilbert's directorial pace is at outer-space speed all the time.
This is one of the best of the Sean Connery Bond films.
A major draw was the establishment of Blofeld -- only tantalisingly glimpsed in previous Bonds -- played with malevolent magnificence by Donald Pleasance sporting a painful scar around his eye.
Whatever else one can say about the Bond films, their mechanical gimmicks run rings round anything offered by most of the other spy and secret agent films.
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.
The James Bond film where the Austin Powers franchise derives most of it's material from.
Contains some of the franchises most electrifying action sequences and special effects work (the gadgets in this film are simply awesome). Arguably the true star of this movie are the fantastic set designs by Ken Adam, the unsung hero of the early JB films. Every single set in this movie, especially the awe-inspiringly massive SPECTRE volcano base, is breath-taking in it's creativity and imagination. I also love the great on-location shots in Japan and John Barry's score is one of his best.
So with all these elements, what prevents this movie from being a great JB entry? Two things...
1) The plot is very convoluted, messy, and not even remotely plausible. The initial set-up of James Bond faking his death becomes pretty meaningless after the first 20 minutes and the sequence in which James Bond LITERALLY turns Japanese feels like complete time-killer.
2) Around this time, Sean Connery was starting to lose his enthusiasm for the role that made him into a superstar and it shows in his substandard performance. He is far from bad, but the dashing playboy-esque charm of his previous performances feels sadly absent from the proceedings.
Regardless of these flaws, this is an extremely fun movie and great for fans of over-the-top James Bond.
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. A little overlong and a tad too cheesy, "You Only Live Twice" is not one of the better bond films, but it has some of the best actions sequences.
my favorite soundtrack? good, slightly over the top Bond.
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