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You Only Live Twice (1967)

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Secret Agent James Bond and the Japanese Secret Service must find and stop the true culprit of a series of space hijackings, before war is provoked between Russia and the United States.


Lewis Gilbert


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





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


During the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union lose one spacecraft each after they are both seemingly swallowed whole by a second unidentified spacecraft. The two superpowers are quick to blame one another for the disappearances, causing tensions to skyrocket. The United Kingdom has an alternate theory regarding the disappearances however, a theory involving Japan, and sends their number one spy, James Bond, to investigate there. With the help of the Japanese Secret Service, he uncovers a plot far more sinister than anyone could have ever imagined. Written by goddangwatir

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Nancy Sinatra was asked to perform the title song after her father Frank passed on the opportunity. See more »


When Osato's men in the black Toyota are lifted up by the giant magnet, the Thompson gun of one man clearly is made of rubber, because it does not get influenced by the magnet at all. It is however questionable if the magnet was really used in its proper function to lift the car. The shot in question is quite obvious a back projection shot (as is visible for one reason by the background, which does not match the one in wide shot), so the magnet in all likelihood is just a dummy fixed to the car permanently, meaning the machine gun not being affected says nothing about the material it is made of. See more »


[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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Alternate Versions

The recent airing of "You Only Live Twice" during the Bond Picture Show on ABC, featured some differences. The opening song by Nancy Sinatra was altered to have the song sound like it is going a little faster. New opening credit graphic titles were created in the Lydian Font. (The original theatrical prints featured them in the Flare Gothic font.) The arrangement of the credits remained the same. Maurice Binder's original opening background designs were unaltered. See more »


Referenced in Cor, Blimey! (2000) See more »


James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
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You Only Shag Four
25 March 2020 | by michaelarmerSee all my reviews

This is another very well made Bond film, Sean Connery is up to his usual high standard, and he is ably abetted by Donald Pleasance as Blofeld, it's got all the usual trademarks, good direction, good photography, good music, and good action, particularly the Helicopter battle. It helps that they actually filmed in the places they were supposed to be at, adding quality and authenticity and with Chinese or Japanese actors, the only downside is that they were dubbed. The title song is good, by Nancy Sinatra, but not the best.

Bond Themes: - Live Intro, Silhouette Titles, Casino scene, M, Q & Moneypenny, Spectre, Cars (not Aston martins, Toyota 2000GTs instead), no Belly dancer, no Train scene and no Felix Leiter as well. Henchmen - Hans, played by Ronald Rich and someone who was just a getaway driver but turns out to be well hard, Peter Fanene Maivia from Samoa, also Miss Brandt played by Karin Dor (also a Bond Girl). Gadgets : Little Nellie

Bond Girls, there were 4 in this one, the first was in the Hong Kong intro, Ling (no. 16) played by Tsai Chin (Hong Kong), next was one of two main "Bond Girls" Aki (no.17) played by Japanese actor Akiki Wakabayashi, and very nice too, unfortunately she gets killed later. Then it was Miss Brandt (No.18), played by German actor Karin Dor (a very good actor), she was a baddie, and Bond tries to turn her, but it does not work, she tries to kill 007, making her a Henchwoman as well, but she gets it later, and lastly in this film Kissy (no. 19), the one he marries, and the best looking, she wouldn't have him at first but he nailed her at the end.

And about that marriage, Bond is supposed to have only been married once, in the next to Tracy (Diana Rigg) but he gets married here, it's said to be a fake marriage, but I don't see how, they went through the whole ceremony, the only thing that was fake was his name and his toupee, (I know its make-believe, I am just on about the characters and story), so for me Bond has been married twice and committed bigamy in OHMSS, unless they have annulled it. Oh and in one scene Henderson asks Bond if his Martini/Vodka is "Stirred not Shaken" and Bond agrees, so for true it does not matter how he takes it.

Anyway, it's another solid effort from Connery and the Bond Team, not the best but not far off, I would have given a 9 had they not dubbed most of the oriental's.

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Release Date:

13 June 1967 (USA) See more »

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Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice See more »


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$9,500,000 (estimated)

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)



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2.39 : 1
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