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.…
An unknown space craft kidnaps a Russian and American space capsule which threatens the start of another World War. James Bond (Sean Connery) is assigned to the case and his investigation will lead him to Japan and ultimately into the lair of the most famous of Bond villains - Blofeld.
'You Only Live Twice' is another entertaining adventure in the Bond franchise. While perhaps not as popular as the classics like 'From Russia With Love' and 'Goldfinger', the film still holds out very well on its own.
It has one of my favourite scenes of the Connery era - the reveal of 'Little Nellie' one of the coolest rides aside from the famous Aston.
Another great moment that stood out…
Particularly far-fetched, even for Bond, this is still good fun. Although rather dated in terms of attitudes and effects, the one-liners and set-pieces help it hold on to its honour, just like Little Nelly.
It’s the first film where James Bond really shows his true colours as a bit of a dick.
First proper Bond rewatch continues.
‘You Only Live Twice’ has always stood as my favourite film in the series, but I can't prove its worth in any empirical, relatable way. Something about the combination of the music, period, locales, sets, and bizarre tone makes me swoon – it plays to me like a dream world, and I fall for it every time.
Let me count the ways:
• Everyone's voices are dubbed. Everybody.
• Osata Chemical's typewriter-controlled camera-guns. Are they guns? Cameras? Guns with cameras in them?
• Charles Gray's face as he's stabbed in the back, mid-sentence.
• The trap door slide into Tiger's office.
• The idea of Tiger's secret ninja school being infiltrated by a lone henchman.
• Live feeds available of everything happening, everywhere.
• The entire film stops cold to show a Japanese wedding.
• “My lifeline, it's CU-”
James Bond film number 5. A definite step up from Thunderball, You Only live Twice is as enjoyable as Goldfinger. As I progress through the movies chronologically, there are a couple of things to note:
1. The special effects do not age well - they are starting to weigh on me. I find myself looking forward to the 80s, where I hope they are better.
2. Sean Connery is also not aging well, maybe these movies are weighing on him - so it's probably a good thing that he took the next movie off.
3. I didn't realize how much Austin Powers spoofing is not really spoofing, but rather just re-creating these early characters and sets.
4. The fighting sequences are becoming better - or, at least more acceptable to modern sensibilities.
I have heard differing opinions about this film, and that this is the worst in Bonds first five movies. I would have to disagree as I quite liked this film, especially with the Japan setting, It really gave Bond a different feel having Bond in such a different culture, and the movie made sure that they used it to their advantage. The scene with Bond and the helicopters and the final battle in the volcano are the standouts and are very well done (though like in Thunderball, the final action scene goes on a little too long). The beginning where Bond fakes his death was a great way to start the film, as I really had no idea where they…
I believe in Sean Connery as a Japanese man.
This is the most James Bond movie to ever James Bond. When people imagine a generic James Bond movie, they're thinking of this. It's about nuclear war in space and it takes place inside an enormous hollow volcano and it feels kind of racist. What's not to love?
The Good: As usual, the production design, score, and cinematography are excellent in a 60's-era Bond film. Director Lewis Gilbert shoots the hell out of this movie, moving the camera to enhance the storytelling and frequently incorporating wide angle shots to enliven the action scenes. The first half of the film is basically flawless as we follow Bond in Japan uncovering an interesting mystery. The movie contains good action/fight scenes throughout.
The Bad: The plot is a little more problematic in the second half of the film, for instance, Bond is supposed to be hiding undercover with a legion of ninjas, yet he is continually attacked while there which completely undermines the reason for being there. Of course, Bond pretending to be a Japanese ninja is silly. Blofeld is a great main villain, but You Only Live Twice lacks in having memorable henchmen.
- From Russia With Love
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- To Our Loves
- Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes
- Adam's Rib
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
Crossover Dreams (1985)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes
- The Abominable Snowman
- The Adult Version of Jekyll & Hide
- After Life
- The Ages Of Lulu
Full list of films reviewed in the excellent DVD Delirium Volume 1 book. I've tried my best to make the…