Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice...and Twice is the only way to live!
A mysterious space craft kidnaps a Russian and American space capsule and brings the world on the verge of another World War. James Bond investigates the case in Japan and meets with his archenemy Blofeld. The fifth film from the legendary James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the British super agent.
I reviewed this before so this is my half-arsed follow-up formulated during what are the dying embers of a virus. *world's smallest violin*
* They used the same music in Moonraker for a dramatic space bit as they do at the start of this. Recycling is good!
* People have said that You Only Live Twice is looking tremendously racist now but that's not so! Or should I say "Ah so!" Oh dear.
* Mie Hama is a really underrated Bond girl. She's really very good here. She probably would have got more credit if she had been from Europe or America.
* I love Blofeld stroking his cat more forcefully when someone is being eaten by his piranha.
Oh the things I do for England.
With Thunderball being the biggest box office hit of the series up to that point, one doesn't have to wonder why You Only Live Twice feels like it's simply following a formula. This really is James Bond on autopilot with Sean Connery clearly not in the same shape he was in a mere two years earlier.
The story itself is even more over the top then Thunderball's and almost becomes a parody of itself. Fans of the Austin Powers films will recognize a lot of the elements here. As goofy as some of it is…
You Only Live Twice is another amusing and pretty much entertaining James Bond film which sends 007 agent to Far East, its story is quite simple and straightforward and the movie is not as complicated as some of other Bond films, Sean Connery delivers another great performance, only thinking about his reactions and facial expression when he is attending his own wedding makes me laugh, sadly this was his penultimate appearance as 007 agent. The movie’s middle act is totally devoted to Bond’s relationship with Haki and his visit to the island and those parts prove that a Bond movie can be emotional and deep, albeit in its own way. It’s nothing exceptional but it was a pleasant experience to…
bodies in space. if there's such a thing as a vulgar auteurist work, this is one of the greatest examples.
On the one hand, You Only Live Twice is perhaps one of the more mercilessly satirised James Bond movies (the Austin Powers trilogy, in particular, apes wholesale from it), yet it might also be one of the least remembered in terms of the Sean Connery movies to some extent; I know I had forgotten plenty about the nuts and bolts of this one in the many years since I watched it. And while that's understandable given its propensity to lose focus at certain points, as well as not quite knowing what it wants to be, it might also be one of Connery's better films in the role - grandiose, with a genuine sense of exotic travelogue, and one of the…
Continuing my journey to see every single 007 film before the release of Skyfall, I just got finished watching the fifth Bond film, You Only Live Twice which would (supposedly) mark the end of the end of the Connery Era.
Before the release of You Only Live Twice, Sean Connery announced that this will be his final outing as Bond. With this being (supposedly) the final time he would play Bond, I just wish he gave a better performance. It's not that he's bad; it's just that he isn't as good or sharp as his four previous films. Ever since Dr. No, Connery got better and better as he got more comfortable in the role but here, he seems bored…
I'm resuming my reverse order viewing of all of the James Bond films, picking up at "You Only Live Twice". Though I consider myself a Bond fan, I'm admittedly unfamiliar with most of the Connery films, including this one. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The pacing is nice and it doesn't ever break into the ridiculousness of some of the Roger Moore films, though the third act gets pretty over-the-top and we begin to see the motifs that would be mocked in "Austin Powers" decades later. Yes there are racist and sexist bits here and there, but it was the 60s. The film is a product of its time. I was honestly surprised to see so many Japanese actors playing Japanese parts in a time when white-washing in cinema was commonplace. Interestingly, famous children's author Roald Dahl wrote the script.
Film #42 of the 100 Movie Challenge
While You Only Live Twice is rather racist, sexist and over the top, it's also held together quite nicely (or despicably, it depends on how you look at it) by a brilliantly bad villain, Blofeld. Plus it always helps when Bond is fighting his way through improbably awesome action sequences.
John Barry's score saves a lot of this film. Truly beautiful work.
However, there are a lot of sequences which are truly ridiculous. These are the kind of Bond films I tend to dislike most, but You Only Live Twice, somehow, manages to make up for these. I think this is mainly because it had many sequences which are memorable because they are, to me, very nostalgic and very well edited, meaning I tended to remember those instead. But, as mentioned, John Barry saved a great deal of it. Ken Adam's set of the volcano base continues to take my breath away. An absolutely stunningly beautiful set. Seeing this in 1967 must have been unbelievable.
Better than a lot of Moore's outings, but sadly not one of Connery's best, though still above Thunderball and Diamonds are Forever (in my opinion).
One of the best James Bond films so far, I love the build it yourself helicopter and Bond undergoing Ninja training, I had seen bits of this before on television but never watched the whole movie, some scenes are easily identifiable as being green screen.
My review -- this installment is now on DVD and yes it does have a bit profit margin of roughly $90 million. The plot in a nutshell is as follows, the film begins relatively quickly as we meet 007 as he is entertaining a lady in Japan, but unknown to him he is about to get trapped and killed and have a funeral at sea with all his military awards, but don't worry this is just the beginning of the film so there is much more to this story than what meets the eye, whilst this is happening this seems to be something strange happening in space, but now who will look after the world now James Bond is dead…
My adventure of watching Bond in order has been sort of a mess.I've been accidentally skipping around and such,but I'll live.You Only Live Twice is a very interesting film.The title explains it all You Only Live Twice.At the beginning of the film Bond "dies"(this is not a spoiler relax).He's back shorty after the amazing opening credits and Bond's adventure begins.
In this film James Bond is sent to Tokyo to stop the Russians from blowing shit up.You Only Live Twice like most films in this series are fun action romps that are completely over the top to the point where they can be a genre all in itself.
My only gripe is that it can be a product of it time.There are some lines that can be seen as pretty sexist and racist that made me cringe when I heard them.Other than that decent film.
Bond. James Bond.
"I shall look forward personally to exterminating you, Mr. Bond."
Sean Connery IS James Bond. For the last time. Well, second to last. Third if you're a completionist. But I digress. This was to be Sean Connery's last outing as James Bond, buoyed by a growing disinterest and, indeed, hatred of the character and the life he was living as a result of it.
The result is clearly visible on screen. There are moments of wit or charm, but for the most part this is Connery sleepwalking through a role that consists more of catchphrases and cliches rather than actual acting. The one liners lack snap, the pace lackadaisical. And yet the action set pieces…
The Bond journey continues with the final of the original Connery Bond films. Originally signed to a five film deal back before Dr. No, he completed it with this one, and frankly he looks happy to be done with the role (for now). Whereas the highlight of the previous Bond films was always Connery's performance, here Connery looks tired and disinterested in the role, merely going through the motions that the script requires of him.
This film is notable for the major on screen debut of Bond's nemesis Blofeld, a figure that's only been briefly dealt with in previous installments. It also has many of the same tropes that would be duplicated in the Austin Powers spoof films, though as…
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