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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 have much, much better. Ninjas. Top-secret, Bond-san. This is my ninja training school."
You Only Live Twice is the goofiest of the Bond movies until at least Moonraker (also directed by Lewis Gilbert), and even then I think it might give Roger Moore a run for his money. It's 007 with ninjas and spaceships. Technically, Bond and the ninjas never go into outer space (as if that makes the premise any less silly), but they do raid the volcano being used as a launching platform for the spaceships. MI6 is transplanted into an underwater submarine, which you know is a submarine because it looks exactly the same except that the doors all have metal frames. Bond is referred to…
My chief enjoyment of You Only Live Twice was developing a better appreciation of where the Austin Powers movies came from. That sounds like a slam, but it's not meant to be--I have a big soft spot for the first Austin Powers in particular and I liked this Bond outing okay.
The Japanification of Bond is the shittiest, most embarrassing thing I've seen in the series to date. If they were going to do it, they could have had the decency to at least give it some kind of payoff, but there isn't even that. I don't remember Bond's Absolutely Seamless Disguise (ASD) fooling anyone important, and later on he's just suddenly not "Japanese" anymore. I also don't understand the…
Sean Connery returns as James Bond in "You Only Live Twice," the Bond series' fifth outing. While the action and fun are effective, this chapter lapses into tedious narrative stretches, finds the series' almost-standard silliness becoming distracting, and misses the opportunity to develop 007 as a character. The film does not disappoint, but it does not necessarily fully delight.
SPECTRE is back. This time, the organization of evil-doers is cherry-picking rockets from orbit in order to pit national powers against one another. Her Majesty's Secret Service sends James Bond into the fray, dropping him in Japan to save the day and the world. As a Bond film plot, the narrative is acceptable. However, the story is marked by long, energy-sapping…
The absurdity of You Only Live Twice can be appreciated, I'm sure, by someone truly seeking nothing more than a good time. It's Bond in Japan, a top-heavy narrative mess that focuses more on the eccentricities of 007 rather than the agent himself. It's a parody, almost; as if the character of Bond had already become so immortal and enduring they felt confident enough to merely feature rather than explore him. This is all style and no substance, and the style is rather recycled and uninspired. Once again, I invite this suffering with my crippling completionist tendencies.
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.
Features some iconic moments, but for the most part, it's slightly tacky and annoyingly sleazy.
By this point in Bond, the franchise needed a fresh change, and luckily, that occured in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.
A ton of fun, but...maybe a bit racially problematic in 2016.
Fun Connery Bond adventure that sees Bond begin down the road of fantasy silliness but it all seems to work.
they create a single undulating snake of plots, gadgets, villains, and women, and they twist around one another and their head bites their tail and they devour themselves and vomit out themselves and this is what rests behind the window to my mind is the vomit of the undulating snake they create.
This is a fun James Bond film. The plot is crazy- space race, ninjas, secret assassins, large underground slides, mini-helicopters, and much more. It's such a fun movie to watch. Spoiler alert- Connery is at his worst here, seemingly sleepwalking through most of the scenes. But don't let that scare you off. It's fun, fast paced, and continues to keep the viewer guessing all the way through to the end. Definitely worth a watch. Of the Connery Bond films, I think it's second only to Goldfinger (and maybe From Russia with Love).
Blofeld and his volcano lair were great. I'm not sure what the point of half the movie was, there didn't seem like there was any real point to the fake marriage, but it was all entertaining.
You Only Live Twice has lots of highs and lows. The first half was so much fun, but the rest didn't live up to it. I like how it doesn't take itself as seriously as the previous movies but is still a decent spy movie.
One of the best Bond films, featuring what is undeniably the series' worst wig.
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.