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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 III 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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Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Two 2000GTs were chop-topped and featured in this movie. One is displayed at Toyota's headquarters, while the other is in the private collection of a Toyota executive. (When the Encore movie channel aired James Bond movies in early 2005, a 2000GT, which was located in South Africa, was in the process of restoration, as a replica convertible at Cars of the Stars Motor Museum, featuring the actual control panel used in this movie.) See more »

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Towards the end when the US move to a "higher security" status we see a TV shot of a B52 taking off (presumably to drop nukes on the Russians). The active B52 fleet was kept in the air permanently flying "holding patterns" towards Soviet territories being relieved every few days. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The 1992 MGM/UA UK VHS widescreen edition crops the gun barrel sequence and the opening shot of the space capsule into a 4:3 ratio within the widescreen picture. The cropping is removed when the scene cuts to the astronauts, thus showing the full widescreen image. A corresponding US widescreen edition (laserdisc at least) presents this as widescreen, but severely cropped into the top right corner, so that the gun barrel and capsule are at the bottom near the left, instead of centered. See more »

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Soundtracks

James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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User Reviews

 
Nothing that will blow you away, but it's certainly an entertaining Bond outing
6 October 2013 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

(Credit IMDb) 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.

This is the first of the movies that involve Blofeld as the main villain, and probably my favorite. It's nothing that is overly memorable, but I managed to enjoy myself for almost two hours or so. The action is consistently exciting. Adding a Japense flavor to it was also a unique choice. Sean Connery is excellent as per usual as Bond, but special mention must go to Donald Pleasence as Blofeld. He is by far the greatest actor to play Blofeld in my opinion, and I don't know why he relinquished the role, or at least I never heard about why he didn't come back. Mie Hamma provides a different change of pace for a Bond girl, and I rather liked her to be honest. She had some good scenes with Connery.

Final Thoughts: Nothing overly special, but it's definitely entertaining for the most part. Recommend for Bond fans who have yet to see it, or action fans in general

7/10


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