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You Only Live Twice Reviews

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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
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.
½ July 23, 2016
7 out of 10:

Despite that the story is bland and generic and it's a bit formulaic, the action and exotic film locations really make up for the flaws in You Only Live Twice.
½ July 23, 2016
You Only Live Twice is one of the most fun Bond films, and the most iconic. Second best Connery.
July 20, 2016
It's a mess but enjoyable. Despite being pretty misogynistic, the scope of the film is very "Bond" with lavish scenery, exploitation fight sequences and a memorable villain.
½ July 17, 2016
Action-packed, Sexy, and rich with Japanese culture, You Only Live Twice has James Bond continue on his battle with Good old Blofeld
½ July 12, 2016
Everything is really engaging in this film until the third act inevitable war between SPECTRE and the Japanese Secret Service, which becomes a shooting gallery with no story left to tell. Looking back at the Connery films reminds me of the kind of energy Sam Mendes is bringing back to the Bond series, a relief from the over adrenaline filled Quantum of Solace and blatant silliness of Die Another Day. These movies took their time, settled Bond into situations, got him familiar with the bad guys before going to war, had him living a little bit of life in the cultures he explored (i.e. sumo wrestling, saki, and Japanese baths). The scenery is often breathtaking, the action is fun, the women are beautiful, and the situations are interesting with high stakes. Banking on the tension of the paranoid Cold War, Bond films used the conflict as a backdrop to play on the audience concerns of the time, only to cleverly reveal its villains lie in a privatized war between them. In this film, the US and Russia are engaged in a space race, sending vessels beyond the atmosphere to explore outer regions, while SPECTRE captures them and frames each respective country, their leaders believing the other nation is responsible. Only Bond and the Secret Service can look through official information and uncover conspiracies within. Makes one hope Bond is out there now looking between the cracks of the US government and Al Quadea!
½ July 11, 2016
Not too bad. The underground, volcano lair and the scar-faced bad guy bring me back, again, to Austin Powers. Loved the raggedy helicopter scene.
½ June 13, 2016
WHAT I LIKED: With the stakes raised, we see a harsher side to Bond's character and some pretty exciting new environments. What's more, the cold-war plot allows for some against the clock tension, and abolishes some of the cringe-worthy humour of the previous installments
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Sadly, it's not Connery's best installment - over-abundant 'explosive' action and endless scored montages manage to extinguish my engagement. It's sexism/racism can be cringey to endure, too.
VERDICT: It might make you tense sometimes, and it might appear explosive, but 'You only live twice' can't live up to it's predecessors.
May 16, 2016
Solid Bond movie. 83 out of 100
April 25, 2016
This is the 5th James bond movie. It is better then the first 4. The 7th James bond movie Diamonds are forever is better. This is a great movie. See it.
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