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…
Sean Connery's final regular outing as James Bond comes in explosive form. The primary setting is Japan, and as with almost all of the films in the series, shooting on location really does sell the globe trotting nature of Bond. There's a lot to love in this one with the Japanese setting that feels fresh, new and exotic too.
Early on Bond gets into a fist fight with a Japanese heavy, played by Peter Maivia, grandfather of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He was a wrestler and did all of his own stunts/falls in the scene which look awesome. It's hard hitting and impactful, one of my favourite one on one fights in any film.
We finally get a proper confrontation…
Though You Only Live Twice benefits from a stronger villain and more intense set-pieces than Thunderball (the prior low in the series), it's a film heavily compromised by its half-hilarious, half-embarrassing cultural stereotypes, culminating in the infamous scene in which what appears to be lemon juice is poured on Bond's skin in order to make him more "yellow".
The final third also suffers from the same problem as Thunderball; the pace borders on glacial, though the final set-piece is pretty decent, if impossible to take seriously in the wake of Austin Powers.
Also, killing off the more interesting of the film's Bond girls ahead of the third act was a mistake.
Not Roger Moore bad, but pretty far from great.
Me deja bien loco que el guion de semejante chorrada sea de Roald Dahl. Viendo a qué ritmo degenera, no puedo esperar a llegar a la Edad Dorada del mongolismo en James Bond.
Though I've seen this fifth entry in the James Bond series many times, You Only Live Twice never fails to entertain. From the early scene in Hong Kong where Bond gets some rough treatment in bed, to his quick sports car getaways from little spy missions, then on to his air-to-air encounters while piloting Little Nellie, and finally the famous scene of dozens of Secret Service ninjas rappelling down ropes to battle the evil Blofeld's minions in the bowels of the rocket base inside the volcano hideout.
All fun escapist stuff, pure Bond, often silly, but definitely plenty of bang for your buck. The Sean Connery films were the best, in my opinion, and this was the last of the really good ones he did. Loads of gadgets, guns, and girls.
Oh, the things he does for England.
Average Bond film that could have been sooo much better. It is based on my favorite of the Bond novels. Unfortunately it is nowhere near as good as the novel. But it is still average Bond entertainment.
Little Nellie still gives me indigestion.
I have come to the realization that I prefer my Bond movies to be a little more settled down and grounded. When we started this movie in outer space, I started to roll my eyes a little. And when it appeared that Bond himself was going into space, I really rolled my eyes. Luckily he didn't. But regardless, this seems to be where Bond really starts to move from cool, suave spy intrigue films to silly gadget spy films. Like the magnet helicopter, for instance. I guess thats just not my thing. There's a lot of iconic stuff here which I appreciated mind you, like the underground base and the villain with the cat on his lap.
I was somewhat…
"Rule number one: never do anything yourself when someone else can do it for you. Rule number two: in Japan, men come first, women come second."
The troubling misogyny and racism aside, this is the prototypical Bond film: big villain, cool gadgets, exotic locations and oodles of campy silliness. It may have been parodied into oblivion by this point but still stands the test of time pretty well.
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Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
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- À nous la liberté
- À propos de Nice
- ...A Valparaíso
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