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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…
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…
This is a decent one. Great acting and some cool action scenes. Pretty much a standard james bond movie. Enjoyed it.
I appreciated this film quite a bit more on blu-ray - there's a very big budget and it really feels like the money's on screen, and Gilbert has a lot of interesting ideas for filming action sequences. On the other hand, a couple of the plot elements are really stupid and/or embarrassing, and this may be the most racist and sexist Bond film, which is really saying something.
This is hands down my favourite of the Sean Connery Bond movies. This movie had everything I wanted in a Bond movie. A hijacking in space. A bridge that retracts to drop people into a piranha pool. A secret volcano lair. And on top of every ridiculous thing that happens, Bond also trains to be a ninja. If you want to watch a classic Bond movie, this is it.
The best theme song and ninja fights.
Nu må det være på tide at fortsætte mit James Bond eventyr, som jeg må indrømme allerede trækker lidt tænder ud, men nu bliver jeg nød til at fuldføre missionen!
Vi er stadig i Sean Connery eraen, dog er vi begyndt at komme hen mod slutningen. You Only Live Twice er hans tredje sidste film, altså hvis man tæller Never Say Never Again med fra 1983, som jeg gør. Der findes nemlig to "falske" James Bond-film, Casino Royale fra 1967 og Never Say Never Again fra 1983. Det er film der ikke bliver set som rigtige James Bond-film, men jeg er af den opfattelse af at hvis man laver en spionfilm bygget over en Ian Fleming historie, og ens hovedperson…
The approach to the Japanese culture dates this somewhat, but it's otherwise a great Bond flick. Lewis Gilbert directs well but it's Ken Adam & John Barry who steal the show. Adam's Volcano set is still impressive 5 decades later and Barry's Space March is outstanding.
Why I watched this one? Been re-watching all the Connery Bond movies.....and it was time to watch Connery/Bond #5.
What is this one about? Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.
My thoughts on this one? After 4 home runs in a row for Connery as Bond.....he slips somewhat in this one. Seems all the plot devices are for no real reason. The beginning is all about faking Bond's death. But withing two scenes after his death....he is back to everyone knowing he is Bond. Then for some reason....he is disguised as an Oriental complete with a fake wife and a…
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.
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