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.
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…
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.
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…
bodies in space. if there's such a thing as a vulgar auteurist work, this is one of the greatest examples.
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 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.
Maybe one of these Bond flicks can work for me after all. Has some fun elements like the aerial helicopter battle, and a plot that finds a tonal balance that previous entries have not had.
At some point we're going to talk about how chauvinist James Bond is as a character though, right?......
Possibly the most culturally influential Bond film that has produced numerous spoofs and tributes from Austin Powers to The Simpsons.
The first thing to strike me about YOLT is how much better it looks than the previous films in the series, undoubtedly due to the addition of Lawrence of Arabia's Freddie Young as director of photography. A terrific action adventure.
You Only Live Twice, unlike several other Bond films (::ahem:: Die Another Day ::ahem::), manages to strike a decent balance between drama and entertainment value. It mixes up fighting ninjas, girls, clever plot twists, armies of minions, scheming industrialists, gangsters, secretive villains and, of course, Bond in a figurative blender to create an adrenalin-fueled race to save the world against all odds. Little Nellie, Bond's personal autogyro stuffed with weapons is particularly special, starring alongside Bond in the aerial chase scene immortalised on the film's poster. This film is one of the more entertaining and light-hearted Bond movies, with a flowing title song to match.
You Only Live Twice is racist. Hell, Bond even does Yellow Face. The level of racism and sexism in this movie is unparallelled in the rest of the franchise, as well as in the works of writer Roald Dahl. Dahl is the creator of the books that I read as a child, but this never feels like the same author. Instead, we get a convoluted and confusing movie without purpose.
Nothing about this movie is overwhelmingly good. The most memorable parts are actually the villain and his lair, as both have since been shown in the Austin Powers movies. I want to like this one, and the beginning makes it look interesting, what with Bond's death and all. But by…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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