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You Only Live Twice (1967)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Thriller | 13 June 1967 (USA)
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.

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Tiger Tanaka (as Tetsuro Tamba)
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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 near Japan. S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is the force behind the theft, as James Bond discovers, but its motives are far from clear, and he must first find out where the captured space capsule is held before America and Russia initiate another world war. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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13 June 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice  »

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$9,500,000 (estimated)

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$43,100,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Lewis Gilbert originally turned down the directing job on this movie. He accepted after Albert R. Broccoli called him saying: "You can't give up this job. It's the largest audience in the world." See more »

Goofs

When Bond kills the ninja who surprise attacks him, he clearly stabs him in the hip. In the next scene, the blood is on the ninja's torso, and not his hip. Also, there is no blood on the weapon, either. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Astronaut - 1st American Spacecraft: Calling CapCom. CapCom, this is Jupiter 16. Do you give a go for fourth orbit.
Houston CapCom: CapCom to Jupiter 16. Can you confirm O2 pressure is within limit.
Astronaut - 1st American Spacecraft: Roger. Everything looks good in the environmental control system.
Houston CapCom: Okay. Everything looks good from here. You have a go for fourth orbit.
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THE END of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE but James Bond will be back ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE See more »

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You Only Live Twice
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Nancy Sinatra
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The dumbest Bond plot of all.
9 April 2006 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Bond fakes his death to become a ninja and stop SPECTRE from profiting from WWIII after a series of space-jackings. What the hell? There's not many actions scenes. Sure there's the helicopter dogfight and a couple of chases. But not much else. Women are objects, fisticuffs are plentiful and plot developments hokey.

YOLT has not a chance in hell of being taken seriously. I mean what's the deal with that big metal space shark that gobbles up US and Soviet rockets? The physics of it coming back down to earth standing straight up are laughable. And of course, the bad guy lair just HAS to be in an active/inactive volcano. And nobody knows it's there even though it must have taken a million men and 86 gillion parts to build. But never mind about that.

Like before, the finale has all of Blofeld's men (that's the ORIGINAL Dr. Evil for all you kiddies) dressed in the same colored outfit fight the good guys, who are dressed in a different colored outfit. So it's really easy for brain-dead audiences to tell who's winning amid the incredibly fake fighting and blowing up.

Between the mind, short-lived and sporadic action scenes, Bond does loads of plodding around, investigating, making minor discoveries. Not much excites or interests.

It does have pretty photography and some nice scenery. But, in my opinion, it's a below average Bond adventure.


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