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.

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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.
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Diane Cilento
as Double
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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Critic Reviews for You Only Live Twice

All Critics (43) | 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
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Roald Dahl's implausible script is padded out with the usual exotic locations, stunts, and trickery.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
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.

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

Audience Reviews for You Only Live Twice


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.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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. 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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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review coming.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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