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Cancel Resend Email. You Only Live Twice View Collection. Add Article. You Only Live Twice Critics Consensus With exotic locales, impressive special effects, and a worthy central villain, You Only Live Twice overcomes a messy and implausible story to deliver another memorable early Bond flick. Super Reviewer. Share on Facebook. View All Photos. Though Roald Dahl's script contains some serious lapses of logic, the film is entertaining.
Lewis Gilbert. Roald Dahl , Harold Jack Bloom. Oct 17, Sean Connery as James Bond. Donald Pleasence as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Tetsuro Tamba as Tiger Tanaka. Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki. Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki. Teru Shimada as Mr. Karin Dor as Helga Brandt.
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Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny. Desmond Llewelyn as Q. Alexander Knox as American President. Tsai Chin as Chinese Girl. Robert Hutton as President's Aide.
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View All Critic Reviews Feb 15, Bond goes to the Orient to try to stop a plan to start thermonuclear war between the superpowers. Charting elements of the Cold War, the space race, and Brit inadequacy, there's mucho action, mucho testosterone, and still time to fondle some of that Asian love. A Bond lovers paradise, with Nancy Sinatra helming the earworm theme song this time around. Kevin M. W Super Reviewer. Oct 08, Sean Connery's fifth adventure becomes shaky - though not stirred - thanks to some unwieldy impossible plot points, but the awe-striking stunts and eye-catching Asian backdrop frame an overall spectacular adventure.
Really, this exciting chapter only stumbles when it trips over the tongue in its cheek. Between the volcano lair, mustache twirling villainy minus an actual mustache , and too many go-go gadgets, it's hard to see where You Only Live Twice ends and the deserved spoofs begin. The Austin Powers series smartly apes much of the film's spectacle, but - then again - that's an amazing compliment to the film's iconography.
Still, silliness of the now-classic genre tropes and over-reliance on top gear aside, You Only Live Twice is a briskly paced spy game. In this classic spy caper, Agent Connery and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked. Even though he would relinquish the part in the follow-up, Connery never once phones in his performance of Bond.
He throws himself into the derring-do even when the script throws too many props at him. With this chapter, the series' increasing cheekiness and deviation into formula comes near - but doesn't completely overtake - the suspense and intrigue. The action, however, rarely disappoints and Donald Pleasence gives a deliciously arch performance as Bond nemesis Dr.
Evil, er, Ersnt Blofeld. Harold and the Purple Crayon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl provides the script, but this overblown adventure shows all the earmarks of show-boating producers "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman pulling out all of the stops. Bottom line: Or So It Seems. Jeff B Super Reviewer. Oct 02, I think You Only Live Twice suffers from the same mistakes that Thunderball made, which is trying to too much different.
The first three Sean Connery Bond films are each terrific in their own right but they follow the same structure just in a slightly unique way. This film takes Bond all the way out to the Japan area and closer but really farther away to the inter-workings of Spectre. I'm on record saying that I have grown tired of seeing the leader of Spectre teased and teased in each film without any actual payoff.
We get that here, but the Japanese structure gives this film enough uniqueness to hold me off one more time. Why it took them so long to reveal who is behind Spectre is beyond me, but I just think this and Thunderball were missed opportuities.
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The highlight for me has to be the rather absurd final act, with ninjas repelling into the secret volcano base and having it out with a large, armed henchmen army. Bond has a quick fight with generic black polar-necked lead henchman that ends with his foe falling into a piranha pit as well, before saving that day with seconds left. I see online that the Blofeld in this film gets a lot of flack for being weak and non-threatening, but I like it. He kills via rather stupid and elaborate traps instead! Like henchwoman Helga, who he has walk across a bridge over his piranha pit and then drops the bridge out for under her.
Maybe not as guaranteed effective as shooting her in the head, but it gets the job done! There is a scene at the docks, which is good fun too. Speaking of which, earlier in the film Bond fights a large sumo-type thug in Mr. Nothing is amazing in this film, but a lot of it is enjoyably silly.
Sean Connery is still great as Bond, even if there seems to be a lack of spark that was featured in the earlier films.
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I mean, he did leave after this one, so maybe he was just fed up with the role and it makes subtle appearances in his acting. Straight away! I thought he was dead! Speaking of not knowing why they went through the trouble, why did Helga sleep with Bond, take him up in an airplane, trap him and parachute out in order to try and kill him? Still plenty of fun to be had, so long as you ignore the … old fashioned aspects of the film, and have a sense of humour about it.
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