This year being the 50th Anniversary of James Bond I'm going to rewatch all 24 Bond Films in November and…
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.
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…
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…
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…
20 years ago when I was an impressionable youth, Roger Moore was my Bond. I didn't care about any other actor, I just wanted to watch A View To A Kill on a constant loop. That was until one rainy Sunday afternoon I sat bored in front of the TV and this started. I was hooked. "Roger who?" I thought. Well maybe not that hooked, but this film blew me away and while Moore was my gateway drug, You Only Live Twice was that high that got it's claws into me for life.
This film may have an extreme over-reliance for gadgetry but I can't help but giggle along like that 12 year old me as the helicopter magnet dropped…
Day five of the Bond Film Marathon, film 5: You Only Live Twice.
This can be seen as one of the weaker films in the franchise and for Connery's tenure as Bond, but I'll reserve that for Diamonds Are Forever, and I'll get to that one later. This film sways HEAVILY away from the Fleming novel, and I mean HEAVILY. It discards most if not all of what Ian Fleming had written in the novel and the film's screenwriter, novelist Roald Dahl, only uses few characters and few locations from the book for an almost completely unrelated film from the book. It does drag on a bit, though It's still a lot of fun. We see a different side now.…
You Only Live Twice often gets overlooked by myself. It just kinda exists. If it weren't a Bond film, I doubt I'd ever even hear anything of it. But with my quest to watch (or re-watch) the 007 films, here I am. And surprisingly, YOLT (obviously a precursor to YOLO) is pretty enjoyable. The first fight scene is fantastic and seems ahead of it's time. Connery was still near the top of his game (much better than Diamonds), and was still believable as Bond.
Points are, of course, taken away for the terrible hairstyle displayed by Bond (Looks like Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber). The mini copter is hopelessly corny, and the whole ninja thing was strange. But overall there were some great sequences, and the film was a fun ride.
With this film I feel like the Bond producers saw the piles of cash the previous ones raked in, so they decided to stick with the formula. SPECTRE does something bad, Bond is put on the case, they try to kill him, and he ends up foiling their plans with the help of an army he calls in. This time that formula is taken to Japan so it will at least feel a little different from its predecessors. I'm a little surprised by some of the racial stereotypes, and other racially insensitive comments they throw around in this film, but viewers probably wouldn't have even raised an eyebrow back in the 1960s. I can't see this movie being made in…
One of my favorite Connery Bond Film's. Also Bond in his helicopter vs 4 other choppers is one of my favorite Bond moments ever!!
My favourite Bond movie, it's certainly the most fun to re-watch and so much crazy stuff in it. Little Nellie, Ninjas, Evil Lair in a Volcano and that gorgeous rooftop shot.
A fun time for the whole family :-)
terrific Bond movie of the camp, overblown part of the Bond spectrum, with hollow volcano, Dr Evil version of Blofeld, ninjas, and Little Nelly. Superlative song too. Best Bond soundtrack imo.
Not quite as awesome as Thunderball, partly because Sean Connery spends a lot of the third act in an awful Japanese hair and make-up disguise, but it has that dreamy affluent charm in spades. Nice change of pace with all the Asian scenery and characters too. Plus the iconic “hollowed-out volcano" lair, complete with repelling ninjas! Haha! Also, Nancy Sinatra sings maybe the best Bond theme ever.
So, um, this movie is just a little bit confused about what it wants to be, isn't it? It's sort of like three different movies mashed together. The first half of the movie is pretty much a mess. The goal seems to be having the biggest Bond film yet, and they do accomplish their goal in that regard. The action scenes are generally enormous in scale, and they come almost nonstop. This frenetic pace, though, is an absolute nightmare when it comes to conveying a story. The first half of this movie operates on the same level a lot of video games do – namely, there's a massive action sequence with minimal concern given to forwarding the story, followed by…
One of my favourite Bond films as a kid and a very enjoyable 60's blockbuster. Shot in Japan, worth seeing just to see Sean Connery and the great Japanese actor Tetsuro Tamba in the same film. The score by John Barry is also one of his very best.
It's another Bond film, nothing new is added to the style. More of the same, but if the same is what you want, than that's what you get.
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