You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice

Lewis Gilbert (1967)

116min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is one of the best of the Sean Connery Bond films, despite the actor's desire to quit the franchise. Here, 007 is sent to Japan where, having faked his own death, he goes native, "marries" a local girl and, in his quest to discover why spaceships are disappearing, finds a volcano with a false crater. It also has one of the all-time great screen villains in Donald Pleasence's scarred, cat-stroking Blofeld, even though he's unseen for much of the film. Director Lewis Gilbert keeps the pace up, and the script (co-written by Roald Dahl) is suitably arch. But it is surely production designer Ken Adam's triumph: the secret base, where the film's explosive climax unfolds, remains definitive and much parodied.

Summary

James Bond is sent on a mission to uncover the truth behind the disappearances of Soviet and American space capsules before the mutually suspicious superpowers go to war. The trail leads to Japan, where Bond finally comes face to face with his arch-enemy Blofeld. Spy thriller, starring Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence, Akiko Wakabayashi and Bernard Lee.

Cast & Crew

James Bond Sean Connery
Ernst Stavro Blofeld Donald Pleasence
Aki Akiko Wakabayashi
Kissy Suzuki Mie Hama
M. Bernard Lee
Miss Moneypenny Lois Maxwell
Tiger Tanaka Tetsuro Tamba
Osato Teru Shimada
Helga Brandt Karin Dor
Q. Desmond Llewelyn
Director Lewis Gilbert
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: May be edited for violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
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