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You Only Live Twice Reviews

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August 23, 2017
It was more a comedy as a action movie for me :) When i had watched it for 40 years i would love it maybe,but not now :) Too old for me
August 5, 2017
You wouldn't think that spaceships, ninjas with guns, and Donald Pleasence would make a good James Bond movie, but you'd be wrong. You Only Live Twice is a very underrated Bond film, and features the best villain in the entire franchise; Donald Pleasence as Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
½ July 25, 2017
You Only Live Twice has some great action and visual effects along with a great villain from Pleasance, yet none of this can redeem the sluggish plot, the ridiculousness of introducing ninjas and making Connery appear Asian to no effect, but most of all the lack of charm and wit in Connerys usually iconic role of Bond, making the whole film feel like a dull, middling addition to the Bond series.
July 20, 2017
The first Bond from director Lewis Gilbert - who would return for The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker - is similarly over-the-top, but Connery gounds it a bit. It is still quite silly, though, and at times a bit culturally insensitive to modern eyes. The movie also loses points with me (an Australian) by casting an English actor (future terrible Blofeld Charles Gray) as the only Aussie character to appear in a Fleming novel (based on a real Aussie dude). Boo! Akiko Wakabayashi is good as Aki - better than Mie Hama as Kissy. I don't like Donald Pleasence, so I cannot condone his Blofeld, despite many considering it the best (give me Telly any day). Little Nellie is good fun, but surely all those guns and things would weigh her down... Oh, right - this is the one with the hollwed-out volcano lair, so logic isn't paramount. The theme song is OK, and John Barry's score is tops, as always. Not terrible, but probably Connery's weakest entry - until Diamonds Are Forever, that is.
½ June 26, 2017
An ok plot and villain. Sean Connery's performance is not that good this time around. The final act was exciting though.

6.8/10
May 27, 2017
The fifth Bond film continues the series trajectory of upping the ante to the point where it becomes the first (but certainly not the last) to go overboard. The ambition isn't quite matched by the budget and technology of the time nor the concept by the story-telling. Many elements stretch credulity, but they are at least fun and memorable and Connery helps sell them, even his acting doesn't quite hit the mark this time around. It is also disappointing as a culmination of the build-up from the 3 previous SPECTRE films; the villain is finally revealed and the lacklustre writing and actor's lack of menance combines to make it pretty anti-climatic. Still there are many top moments and the sheer entertainment value of the film make the short-comings hard to begrudge.
May 23, 2017
Not a meomerable film. One of the bad Bond films
½ May 23, 2017
The Ian Fleming novel of You Only Live Twice was one of his most interesting. It featured a castle-bound villain who tended to his garden of exotic, deadly plants to dispose of trespassers, wearing a suit of armour to protect himself. Meanwhile, Bond is ridden with amnesia and becomes a liability to the secret service. Sadly, none of these elements were used in the film treatment- Despite the hiring of the highly imaginative children's writer Roald Dahl to pen the script. What results is a cliched, clumsy travelogue of Japan helped little by Connery's laziest performance as the iconic superspy. The revisionists will argue it's merits in the afirmative and if that is the case maybe we can re-appraise some of the Moore episodes!
½ April 30, 2017
Sadly, YOLT is showing its age. What was cutting edge and exciting in the late-sixties now looks creaky and slow, and - shock horror - that even includes Ken Adams' forced perspective volcano interior. Roald Dahl's screenplay plays up Bond's sexism, Connery rather phones in his performance, and the final explosive twenty minutes are tedious. At least there's Donald Pleasence laying down the template for Mike Myers' Dr Evil - and John Barry's fine score.
February 26, 2017
Another brilliant performance by Connery still on top of his game as Bond. Brilliant soundtrack and future hit Millennium that followed years later
½ February 17, 2017
The Ian Fleming novel of You Only Live Twice was one of his most interesting. It featured a castle-bound villain who tended to his garden of exotic, deadly plants to dispose of trespassers, wearing a suit of armour to protect himself. Meanwhile, Bond is ridden with amnesia and becomes a liability to the secret service. Sadly, none of these elements were used in the film treatment- Despite the hiring of the highly imaginative children's writer Roald Dahl to pen the script. What results is a cliched, clumsy travelogue of Japan helped little by Connery's laziest performance as the iconic superspy. The revisionists will argue it's merits in the afirmative and if that is the case maybe we can re-appraise some of the Moore episodes!
½ January 29, 2017
Slightly better pacing than the previous attempts, but still ridiculous. No one is buying Sean Connery as a Japanese fisherman.
½ January 21, 2017
You only live twice, adds more action and a memorable performance by Donald Pleasence as the villainous Blofeld. It's not the best the series will offer but is a step up from Connery's last effort as the super spy.
January 4, 2017
131004. 5th Bond Film.
½ November 22, 2016
It's definitely a sillier bond entry given the gadgets and ludicrous Japanese 'disguise'. Yet Connery pulls it off far better than Moore. It's a lot of fun.
November 16, 2016
Perhaps this is the weakest of the Sean Connery Bond movies, but it is still tons of fun and there are plenty of redeeming qualities here. Savor the style of the movie, because after that the series loses its iconic Mid-Century sheik. It gets off to a strong start and takes us to Japan. The Japanese setting is exotic and makes for escapist fun, but it also comes with a few dated karate movie clichés that do not fit. The worst part of the movie is a time-consuming and poorly substantiated plot tangent in which James Bond must become a ninja. Why does James have to have fake a marriage to a Japanese woman? Why must he become a Ninja in order to get military backup? Some of the middle parts make no sense at all. Thankfully, it recovers and finishes strong with a climactic battle inside a wonderfully staged volcano lair. The main villain played by Donald Pleasance and his foxy henchwoman Karin Dor are both excellent. It lacks focus and if you can look beyond the ninjas and the martial arts then this is still a great time.
October 24, 2016
Despite it's high entertainment value, this is the first bond movie to amp up it's ridiculousness factor to a level that would remain a hallmark of all of Lewis Gilbert's bond movies to come. The same could be said for Guy Hamilton.

A big bold, Bond movie that's a lot of fun...just a lot sillier than Connery's previous outings by a country mile.
October 22, 2016
In Japan, Went downhill a little toward end, shootouts are terrible, some effects good/bad. Shows spectre dude
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
July 29, 2016
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.
July 24, 2016
Better than Thunderball, not as good as the first 3. Connery seems to be disinterested with James Bond as a whole at this point. However great effects and well written nevertheless.
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