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|You Only Live Twice|
Actors: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurô Tanba, Teru Shimada
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Military & War
When an American space capsule is swallowed up by what they believe to be a Russian spaceship World War 3 nearly breaks out. The British Government however suspect that other powers are at work as the space craft went down... more »
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Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 9/9/2013...
Sean Connery's fifth go-round as James Bond sends 007 to Japan, where a crooked industrialist working for SPECTRE is stealing U.S. and Russian space capsules right out of the sky, in the hopes of starting a war between both superpowers.
This one features ninjas, helicopter chases, lotsa stuff blowin' up, tons of hot Japanese Bond babes, and one of the coolest "villain's lairs" (a rocket launch base hidden inside a dormant volcano) of the entire Bond series.
Connery intended this to be his last Bond film; he was replaced by the ill fated George Lazenby in the next installment, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," but then was briefly lured back to the role (by a huge paycheck) for 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever."
Once Lived, Twice Shy -- Excellent Connery Classic
Scotman | Mt. Shasta, CA | 12/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sean Connery's You Only Live Twice, the first Ian Fleming adaptation that really used just the title and not much more -- completely different from the novel.
Basically, space capsules from the USA and USSR are being snatched by an evil guy played by Donald Pleasance (see the Austin Powers parody on this guy, Dr. Evil) as he pets his pet Persian and plots the demise of the USA and USSR. His clients want them to destroy each other then pick up the pieces.
But they did not have a plan for Bond. James Bond.
Bond goes through Asian women (which actresses, several look like Caucasian women with eye make-up), baby helicopters, Moneypenny's flirting and even fakes his own death.
Despite the Bond girls, the artful music, and the shooting and chase scenes (with helicopters no less), a bit above average Bond flick, but no means as well made as Dr. No or Goldfinger..
Recommended for a rental.
Other Bond Flicks:
James Bond Ultimate Collector's Set
James Bond Ultimate Edition - Vol. 3 (GoldenEye / Live and Let Die / For Your Eyes Only / From Russia With Love / On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
Enjoyable Epic With The Beauty of Good Ol' Japan
susumu-5 | Japan | 05/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is very fun to watch the Bond film in which some of the beautiful locations of my country were shown. Particularly the idea that the secret specter base is located under the crater pond of an active volcano SHINMOEDAKE part of KIRISHIMA volcanic range in KYUSHU was fascinating. And views of major volcanoes in Kyushu including Aso and Sakurajima. When HIMEJI castle popped up from screen I could not contain my chuckles. It is indeed a fitting place for modern ninjas... As Japanese samurai movie fans know well, HIMEJI castle is often used in samurai dramas as a substitute of Edo castle which had had similar strucrure.
I suspect Bond strictly followed a Japanese agent Tanaka's advice to become a real Japanese though. Could have used more subtitles for local language and let Bond show his achievement of language skill courses in Cambridge.
On the whole really enjoyable both in plot and actions.
Verdict: Neatly describing good old Japan with the exception of Ninja.
Rating: 90 out of 100. James Bond being a Japanese not that convincing enough.
Recommended for Ninja movies and action movies fans as well as Bond movie fans."
The most enjoyable of the Connery films
Nicanor Journey | Houston, Texas | 03/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You Only Live Twice is a Bond film only Connery could have pulled off without the film falling into the lowest pits of camp. In a movie that includes spaceship eating spaceships, a miniature attack helicopter, a man-eating piranha tank, rocket-bullet firing guns, and pistol toting ninjas; this is a case where only Sean Connery's charm could save a film from being dominated by its cheese...Even when he's wearing poor make-up to make him "Japanese."
The film begins with James Bond's untimely death, but don't fall for that trap! That clever Agent 007 has faked his own death and funeral at sea so as to pull away from the evil SPECTRE organization, which is now operating out of Japan. What could they do in Japan? How about attack American and Soviet spacecrafts and send to Cold War in to an all out nuclear war between The United States and Soviet Union? That sounds evil enough for one movie!
Since they now believe Bond to be dead he is able to infiltrate their infrastructure and discover their plans for World War III. With the help of Tiger Tanaka (head of Japanese Special Forces), his army of modern ninjas, and the beautiful Aki, Bond is set to take down this sinister plot.
Of course this time SPECTRE isn't holding any punches, for their faceless leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is in Japan personally overseeing this operation (a great performance by Donald Pleasance). The criminal mastermind is determined to eliminate his pesky foe once and for all. Whether it be by submerging the smooth talking agent in a manmade lake filled with flesh-eating piranhas, poison taken in through the mouth, or a simple shot to the head.
This entire film is built on a series of elaborate actions sequences, including two stand-out scenes in which Bond engages multiple SPECTRE helicopters with "Little Nellie" (the newest gift from Q) and a massive firefight between Tiger Tonaka's modern ninjas and the forces of SPECTRE in their hollowed out volcano lair.
If you haven't noticed by this brief summary You Only Live Twice could very well could have been the one to set the foundation for the camp-filled Bond films of the 1970s. The exotic locations and over the top ideas are things that would be exaggerated and expanded upon in Diamonds Are Forever (Connery's last film) and all throughout the Roger Moore era of the character.
So for these reasons You Only Live Twice is probably Sean Connery's most enjoyably fun entry in his run as the character.