A ranking of the films in the James Bond, 007 franchise in order of preference. Reviews for each film may…
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…
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…
Shit I seem to have been sucked into another bond marathon.. This movie is in the top half of my bond ranking, it's a fun and classic bond film.
The weakest bond yet.
The plot is made more confusing than it actually is. There is minimal action until "Little Nellie" appears then it goes dull again when Bond pointlessly becomes Japanese!
The reveal of Blofeld is such a let down. A great actor underused. Then there is the weak ending with noisy ninjas.
Connery took a little break after this one and rightly so.
Well well well, now we have made it to the 5th entry to the series. What can I say, its okay... but it has campy moments that all spy films started to mimic this movie after its release. Its very clear at this point Sean Connery didn't care about being James Bond any longer and the back story from the first 4 films before this one is better than this film. In this film we finally get to see the leader ( Ernst Stavro Blofeld) of the evil S.P.E.C.T.R.E organization revealed. We even get a repeat , well sorta of a Fiona Volpe look alike, but she is done away with by the half way point of the film. Believe it or not this film is a step up from Thunderball. So this film as no surprise gets a pass because its a classic Connery Bond film thats not to bad.
While Goldfinger is the better Bond film in the traditional sense , this was the first Bond film I remember watching and have seen the most. It is also the one I have the most fun with due to Connery's quips and one liners.
I have always had a love-hate relationship with the Bond films. When I was younger, I made an effort to see every one, up until roughly the Timothy Dalton period, when I simply lost interest - they all just seemed to be the same tired thing. Same plot, no character development, same lame jokes and tropes, blah.
But recently I decided to give the Bond films another try. So I started watching, in order, from Dr. No. Upon watching that, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, and Thunderball, I became enthusiastic again - these films aren't half bad. They capture the zeitgeist of the time incredibly well, their cheekiness hadn't become dull yet, and they had a certain continuity to them.…
"Well if I'm going to be forced to watch television,may I smoke ?"
Today I move onto what I think is one of the more disappointing Bond films and (I use this term loosely) based off Ian Fleming's eleventh Bond novel : 1967's You Only Live Twice.
What makes You Only Live Twice such a disappointing film is that the book followed On Her Majesty's Secret Service and was a revenge tale.The producers wanted to capitalize on the success of films made in Japan and so chose to make the Blofeld trilogy out of order from the books which is a huge shame and kind of makes the film a missed opportunity.Connery may look his usual cool here but his…
Favorite Bond Novel. But the film is just average. My least favorite Connery Bond film.
This Asian outing which recalls some classic Akira Kurosawa homages is a classic.
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