You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice

DVD - 2007
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Bond tries to save the world from starting WWIII, in this thriller set in the splendor of Japan.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2007
Branch Call Number: DVD You
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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TheeAvebury
Jun 27, 2017

This is one of the best of the Sean Connery Bond films.

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StarGladiator
Apr 09, 2015

Never, never took the films seriously, although I sincerely loved the books as they were superior history to me as a youngster than the claptrap in school! YOLT was the more cartoonish, but a great travelogue for Japan, with beautifully designed sets, and more beautiful actresses. Loved the ninja training sequence, just as I loved the clipped super-fast fight sequences, and of course, the super-villian which defines the hero. [Detested all the other actors who have attempted to fill Connery's shoes, but Roger Moore's one movie I enjoyed, titled ffolkes, or retitled the North Sea Hijack, was an awesome performance by him and a tremendous script!]

In YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Bond battles SPECTRE in a Roald Dahl screenplay. Despite the fact that Sean Connery is obviously just going through his paces (he would opt out of the next film, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969), only to be lured back by a larger purse to play Bond one last time in 1971 in an Eon Productions' project, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER) the movie reminds one -- it's a threadbare thought at this point because it has been said so many times before but I'll go ahead and say it again -- there's only one James Bond and he's Sean Connery. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963) and GOLDFINGER (1964) are classics in 1960s virility. Roger Moore who would succeed Connery as Bond was too much the fop. Connery had that open, working-class Scottish face, a face Ian Fleming probably didn't have in mind when he wrote his Bond novels. But it was the face that made Bond a global movie franchise. These Bond films of the 1960s are fascinating as a study in the shifting sands of male entitlement. The 1960s Bond, at least in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, is an exercise in male infantile narcissism. Bond is a boy toddler and we're trying to build his confidence. Every beautiful woman wants to wrap her legs around him; every male combatant -- whether ninja assassin, sumo wrestler or Aryan strongman -- is bested. Bond can escape any deathtrap. Bond can master any gadget. For Bond the world only exists as an extension of his ego. Challenges are erected to inflate his sense of self. The endings of Bond movies are instructive, and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE is a good example. After killing innumerable human beings he ends up in a beautiful woman's arms (mommy) floating in a raft on the ocean (reminding one of the beginning of Freud's CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS and his discussion of the "oceanic feeling" and its relation, or not, to an innate religious impulse). The latest iterations of the Bond franchise have been updated to reflect a capitalist society that has fully integrated women into the workforce. M, played by the Churchillian Bernard Lee in the Connery Bond movies, is now, at least up until her character's death in SKYFALL, played by super-matron Judi Dench.

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AtomicFez
Aug 11, 2011

Fifth film, and the solid start to the "how impossibly un-realistic can we make the whole thing and yet still sell tickets?" format. The pre-tile sequence actually has to do with the plot-line, so keep that in mind and try not to lose your sense of balance while watching. The space theft of nations' equipment goes on to be re-used in several more Bond films because, obviously, it's really *cool*! After all, there's no one out there in orbit pulling you over and questioning you about 'can you prove you own this here spaceship, Sir?' Blofeld is finally revealed to be... Donald Pleasance with a scar appliance around his right eye socket, as though a monocle was burned into the surface (which is odd, given we've never seen him anywhere near any action before this, so where did he receive the wound). Watch carefully during the attack on the Control Room and you'll see his white cat go totally berserk and leap to safety after a loud noise. There are at least three plot holes that I noticed in this story, so this also marks the start of Bond Films being best enjoyed by turning off the analytic part of one's brain. For one thing, this might be the first time we've seen an insane number of people arrive to help save Bond, armed to the teeth, and have covered a marathon distance in no time at all. Crowd scenes with guns and explosions will be popular from here on. Two wonderful lines stick out: 1) "Excellent choice, Bond-san, she is most sexiful!" and the near-shriek of Blofeld's "Kill Bond! Now!" There more in the novel that I would have liked to have seen, but it would have been at the expense of some of the more visual sections, which are key to a feature film. Evocative and fun, just not too "thinky".

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bugmansdaughter
Jul 31, 2011

Not the best of the early Bond films; it is especially painful to watch six foot two hairy chested Connery trying to pass himself off as a Japanese fisherman. Do like the theme music sung by Nancy Sinatra. Would perfer to hear a different singer perform it though.

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tph21383016602976
Mar 16, 2011

a stupid change to the system. GO BACK TO THE OLD AND TRIED ONE

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