You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Cast: Lewis Gilbert, Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Tetsuro Tamba

     
 

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James Bond heads East to save the world (and to learn how to serve saki properly) in You Only Live Twice. When an American spacecraft disappears during a mission, it's widely believed to have been intercepted by the Soviet Union, and after a Soviet space capsule similarly goes missing, most consider it to be an act of American retaliation. Soon the twoSee more details below

Overview

James Bond heads East to save the world (and to learn how to serve saki properly) in You Only Live Twice. When an American spacecraft disappears during a mission, it's widely believed to have been intercepted by the Soviet Union, and after a Soviet space capsule similarly goes missing, most consider it to be an act of American retaliation. Soon the two nations are at the brink of war, but British intelligence discovers that some sort of UFO has crashed into the Sea of Japan. Agent 007, James Bond (Sean Connery) is sent in to investigate. After staging his own death to avoid being followed, Bond, disguised as a Japanese civilian, teams up with agent Tiger Tanaka (Tetsuro Tamba) and his beautiful associate Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi). With their help, Bond learns that both the American and Russian space missions were actually scuttled by supercriminal Ernst Blofeld (Donald Pleasance) in yet another bid by his evil empire SPECTRE to take over the world. As he battles the bad guys, Bond finds time to romance both Kissy Suziki (Mie Hama) and Helga Brandt (Karin Dor). You Only Live Twice was one of Sean Connery's last outings as James Bond. The next Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, would star George Lazenby as 007, and while Connery would return for Diamonds Are Forever, in 1973, Roger Moore took over the role. (Connery would play Bond one last time, in 1983's Never Say Never Again, which was produced outside the official series.)

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The fifth of Sean Connery's James Bond films, You Only Live Twice is another entertaining winner that rides the coattails of the Scot's charming screen presence. On this outing, Connery plays the super-spy with more poise and humor than menace, perhaps a symptom of Connery's growing dissatisfaction with the role. The film itself is different in tone from the earlier entries: as directed by Lewis Gilbert, it's grander and more elaborate than any Bond film before it, as evidenced by the climactic fight scene in a dormant volcano, of all places. In this respect, You Only Live Twice marks a shift away from the earnest espionage thrills of the earlier Bond films toward the over-the-top camp phenomenon quality of the later efforts. As with any high-quality Bond movie, You Only Live Twice features a memorably sinister villain: in this case, Donald Pleasance's Blofeld, inaugurating the trademark white cat-petting bad guy.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0027616074096
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
PG
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Feature film with frame-by-frame digital restoration and DTS 5.1 audio; Audio commentary featuring director Lewis Gilbert; Audio commentary featuring members of the cast and crew

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery James Bond
Akiko Wakabayashi Aki
Tetsuro Tamba Tiger Tanaka
Mie Hama Kissy Suzuki
Karin Dor Helga Brandt
Teru Shimada Mr. Osato
Donald Pleasence Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Charles Gray Henderson
Tsai Chin Chinese Girl
Bernard Lee "M"
Michael Chow SPECTRE No. 4
Diane Cilento Double
Richard Graydon Astronaut - Russian Spacecraft
Laurence Herder Astronaut - Russian Spacecraft
Robert Hutton President's Aide
Norman Jones Astronaut - 1st American Spacecraft
Alexander Knox American President
Burt Kwouk SPECTRE No. 3
Bill Mitchell Astronaut - 2nd American Spacecraft
Jeanne Roland Bond's Masseuse
George Roubicek Astronaut - 2nd American Spacecraft
John Stone Submarine Captain
David Toguri Assassin (Bedroom)

Technical Credits
Lewis Gilbert Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
John Barry Score Composer
Harold Jack Bloom Screenwriter
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
William P. Cartlidge Asst. Director
Roald Dahl Screenwriter
David Ffolkes Set Decoration/Design
Peter Hunt Editor
Basil Newall Makeup
Harry Pottle Art Director
Paul Rabiger Makeup
Harry Saltzman Producer
John Stears Special Effects
Freddie Young Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- You Only Live Twice
1. Chapter 1 [5:00]
2. Chapter 2 [1:08]
3. Chapter 3 [2:43]
4. Chapter 4 [2:55]
5. Chapter 5 [3:33]
6. Chapter 6 [4:02]
7. Chapter 7 [4:52]
8. Chapter 8 [4:00]
9. Chapter 9 [3:08]
10. Chapter 10 [1:40]
11. Chapter 11 [3:05]
12. Chapter 12 [4:33]
13. Chapter 13 [3:29]
14. Chapter 14 [:28]
15. Chapter 15 [2:13]
16. Chapter 16 [4:13]
17. Chapter 17 [3:23]
18. Chapter 18 [4:21]
19. Chapter 19 [4:28]
20. Chapter 20 [5:33]
21. Chapter 21 [3:24]
22. Chapter 22 [1:40]
23. Chapter 23 [3:26]
24. Chapter 24 [2:52]
25. Chapter 25 [3:59]
26. Chapter 26 [4:16]
27. Chapter 27 [6:11]
28. Chapter 28 [:55]
29. Chapter 29 [2:23]
30. Chapter 30 [6:12]
31. Chapter 31 [3:53]
32. Chapter 32 [5:05]

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