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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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This Man IS James Bond [US subway final advance poster] See more »


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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK

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)

Gross USA:

$43,084,787

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions 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

The surname "Blofeld" was allegedly named after Thomas Blofeld, with whom Ian Fleming went to school, at Eton College. Also known as Tom Blofeld, he was a Norfolk farmer, a fellow member of Boodle's, and the Chairman of the Country Gentleman's Asssociation. His son is cricket commentator Henry Blofeld. Ernst Blofeld's date of birth in the literary stories is the same date as Fleming's birthday, which is May 28, 1908. Moreover, Ernest Cuneo was a friend of Fleming's. According to the book "Martinis, Girls and Guns: 50 Years of 007" (2003) by Martin Sterling and Gary Morecambe: "Cuneo may have also have inspired Blofeld's forenames. It is but a short leap from Ernest Cuneo to Ernst Stavro." According to the book "For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming + James Bond" (2009) by Ben Macintyre: "Alternatively, Blofeld may owe his name to China scholar John Blofeld, who was a member of Fleming's club Boodles, and whose father was named Ernst." In addition, the book "The Bond Code: The Dark World of Ian Fleming and James Bond" (2008) by Philip Gardner states: "The name is also revealing in a psychological way. Ernst is Teutonic for 'earnest', and Stavros is Greek for 'victor', and so he is the 'earnest victor'", and "the name Blofeld means 'blue field', a swipe at his own blue blood rampant in the field, like heraldry", and also, "As the creator of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Blofeld is in reality the spectre of Ian Fleming that looms ever present within his divided mind." See more »

Goofs

On a monitor in Aki's car Bond sees Tiger's helicopter from above lifting Osato's gunmen's car. But there is only one helicopter shown in all the other shots so this leaves no place for Tiger to have placed a video camera that would be able to transmit the picture Bond sees. 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 Ultimate Edition reinserts some additional brief scenes that were omitted from early video versions and English broadcasts. Missing brief scenes were:
  • 1) Tiger shows Bond the rocket guns.
  • 2) A ninja cuts the arms off the 'hay man'.
  • 3) A ninja throws shooting stars.
  • 4) An assassin attempts to kill Bond by a spike out of the pole.
  • 5) Tiger's throw of the stars at Blofeld's arm is longer.
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Soundtracks

You Only Live Twice
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Nancy Sinatra
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Fun, Exotic And Stupid
30 November 2018 | by Shashana-RosensteinSee all my reviews

While the action never ceases, which is great, and the locale is exotic, and Japan is always cool, many of the sequences seem there just to showcase Japan. How much of these films is sponsored by tourist bureaus I cannot know, but as a viewer one can enjoy the action and the intrigue by ignoring the unneeded sequences or rather treating them as amusement to watch. I always thought Roger Moore is the better Bond, but the Sean Connery ones are entertaining to watch too. You Only Live Twice is fun.


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