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You Only Live Twice (1967)

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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.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Harold Jack Bloom (additional story material), Roald Dahl (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... James Bond
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Aki
Mie Hama ... Kissy Suzuki
Tetsurô Tanba ... Tiger Tanaka (as Tetsuro Tamba)
Teru Shimada ... Mr. Osato
Karin Dor ... Helga Brandt
Donald Pleasence ... Blofeld
Bernard Lee ... 'M'
Lois Maxwell ... Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn ... 'Q'
Charles Gray ... Henderson
Tsai Chin ... Ling, Chinese Girl in Hong Kong
Peter Fanene Maivia Peter Fanene Maivia ... Car Driver
Burt Kwouk ... Spectre 3
Michael Chow ... Spectre 4
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese | Russian

Release Date:

13 June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£21,036 (United Kingdom), 19 June 1967, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,084,787

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions, Danjaq See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First film to show James Bond in his Royal Navy uniform and to clearly indicate that he holds the rank of Commander. See more »

Goofs

While at the Kobe dock, Bond notices condensation on some chemical tanks, and says that he thinks they might contain liquid oxygen, because they're cold enough to cause the condensation. Real LOX tanks would be extremely cold (at least -140 °C to be below oxygen's critical temperature, and down to -183 °C for the boiling point at atmospheric pressure). So the tanks would have to have very good insulation to merely feel cold to the touch rather than, say, cause blisters or instantly freeze Bond's hand to the tank. Also, the LOX would be boiling, and the gaseous oxygen this produces needs to be constantly vented, causing a visible plume. A fully closed tank as shown in the movie would soon explode due to the build-up of pressure. 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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Crazy Credits

THE END of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE but James Bond will be back ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE See more »

Alternate Versions

The mid-1970s broadcast on ABC was confusingly reedited in places, and in fact placed the pre-credits scenes AFTER the opening credits, save for a few seconds shown prior to the theme song. See more »

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Followed by Diamonds Are Forever (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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Understated Bond Film
6 October 2006 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

When I first saw this in a drive-in in 1967, the opening sequence of this with Bond being shot did not make a big impression as this is the first Bond film I had ever seen. After the credits, the snatching of a space craft made an impression as it looked very much like the simulations CBS used to broadcast of the real flights. While this plot & some of the special effects seem a little dated & far fetched now with the passage of time, Sean Connery is great as his usual Bond self in this one. Donald Pleasance is very effective as the heavy Blofeldt, one of several actors who took a turn at it.

The scenery of 1960's Toyko, Japan are nostalgic now. The thing which makes this Bond a little special is the understated way the humor is handled. Using "I Love You" as a password for one thing. Of course, the irony of the line "This can save your live - this cigarette," is still pretty effective. All the regulars in the series are here with Q much in evidence. This one is still a very pleasant diversion for a rainy afternoon.


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