You Only Live Twice

1967

Lewis Gilbert
Director
EON
Production Company
MGM
Distributor
United Artists
Production Company

Bond heads to Japan to investigate why American and Soviet spacecraft are disappearing from orbit, and uncovers a plot to provoke the superpowers into nuclear war.

This could have been a great movie, but is padded with far too much local color and action scenes that serve no purpose, other than to perhaps entertain autogyro and wedding enthusiasts. Plus there are scenes that are so ludicrous they cross over into self-parody, such as the idea that a burly Scotsman could look like a native Japanese merely by getting a bowl cut. It's not hard to see why the Austin Powers series took so many cues from this film. A shame, because the basic plot idea is brilliant (and much better than Fleming's rather goofy novel of the same name). Not to mention that Ken Adam's production design and John Barry's score are some of the best in the series.

-Dave W.

The first title to radically deviate from Ian Fleming's source novel courtesy of a script from Roald Dahl setting arch-villain Blofeld inside a Japanese volcano stronghold. Genuinely surprising pre-credits sequence.

-The Sloth



16th March 1964
Novel





You Only Live Twice
13th June 1967
Cinema




2.35:1

You Only Live Twice (Special Edition)
17th October 2000
DVD




2.35:1


14th November 2005
DVD








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Sean Connery
James Bond
Akiko Wakabayashi
Aki
Tetsuro Tamba
Tiger Tanaka
Mie Hama
Kissy Suzuki
Teru Shimada
Mr. Osato
Karin Dor
Helga Brandt (Spectre 11)
Donald Pleasence
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Bernard Lee
M
Lois Maxwell
Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn
Q
Charles Gray
Dikko Henderson
Tsai Chin
Ling
Peter Fanene Maivia
Car Driver
Stunt Fight Choreographer
Burt Kwouk
Spectre 3
Michael Chow
Spectre 4
Ronald Rich
Hans, Blofeld's Bodyguard
Jeanne Roland
Bond's Masseuse
David Toguri
Bedroom Assassin
John Stone
Submarine Captain
Norman Jones
Astronaut - 1st American Spacecraft
(Chris, Jupiter 16)
Paul Carson
Astronaut - 1st American Spacecraft
(Jupiter 16)
Laurence Herder
Astronaut - Russian Spacecraft
Richard Graydon
Astronaut - Russian Spacecraft
Stunts
Bill Mitchell
Astronaut - 2nd American Spacecraft
George Roubicek
Astronaut - 2nd American Spacecraft
Ed Bishop
Hawaii Cape Com
(uncredited)
Shane Rimmer
Hawaii Radar Operator
(uncredited)
Ken Herbert
Hawaii Radar Technician
David Bauer
American Diplomat
(uncredited)
George Murcell
Russian Diplomat
(uncredited)
Robin Bailey
Foreign Secretary
(uncredited)
William Sully
Russian Diplomat
Dave's Unknown Male 1
American Diplomat
Roy Lansford
American Diplomat
(uncredited)
Unknown 21740-14
American Diplomat
Ned Lynch
British Diplomat
(uncredited)
Fred Machon
British Diplomat
Peter Evans
British Diplomat
(uncredited)
Unknown 21740-05
Hong Kong Assassin
Unknown Male 24
Hong Kong Assassin
Patrick Jordan
Hong Kong Policeman
(uncredited)
Anthony Ainley
Hong Kong Policeman
(uncredited)
Sylvana Henriques
Dancer in Credit Sequence
(uncredited)
David Davenport
Commander on HMS Tenby
(uncredited)
Unknown 21740-07
Man Spying on Bond's Funeral
(uncredited)
Big John McLaughlin
007 Being Torpedoed From Sub
(uncredited)
Basil Moss
Submarine Executive Officer
(uncredited)
Unknown 21740-08
Submarine Lieutenant
Hisako Katakura
Tanaka's Agent
(uncredited)
Junko Makimura
Tanaka's Agent
(uncredited)
Yumi Fujiwara
Tanaka's Agent
(uncredited)
Yuka Minami
Tanaka's Agent
(uncredited)
Sadanoyama
Himself (uncredited)
Unknown 21740-09
Tsukebito [Attendant]
(uncredited)
Kotozakura Masakatsu
Sumo Wrestler
(uncredited)
Fujinishiki Takemitsu
Sumo Wrestler
(uncredited)
Inosuke Shikimori
Gyoji [Referee]
(uncredited)
Masaaki Hatsumi
Tanaka's Assistant
(uncredited)
Unknown 21740-10
Tanaka's Assistant
Eiko Nakamura
Tanaka's Servant (uncredited)
Yee-Wah Yang
Bath Girl (uncredited)
Yasuko Nagazumi
Bath Girl (uncredited)
Mai Ling
Bath Girl (uncredited)
Lester Lee
Osato's Scar-faced Guard
(uncredited)
Francesca Tu
Osato's Secretary
(uncredited)
Unknown 21740-11
Gunman in Car
Unknown 21740-12
Car Driver
Unknown 21740-13
Car Driver (in Air)
Andy Ho
Gunman in Car
(uncredited)
Richard Marner
Russian Spacecraft Communicator
(uncredited)
Alex Marchevsky
Russian Radar Operator
(uncredited)
Michael Poole
Russian Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Ian Flintoff
Russian Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Jeffry Wickham
Russian Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Bill Nagy
USAF General (uncredited)
Alexander Knox
Secretary of Defense
(uncredited)
Robert Hutton
Army General (uncredited)
William Sylvester
Presidential Aide (uncredited)
Warren Stanhope
US Admiral (uncredited)
David Healy
Houston Radar Operator
(uncredited)
Tony Castleton
American Official
(uncredited)
Victor Chapman
American Official
(uncredited)
Ric Young
Chinese Agent (uncredited)
Robert Lee
Chinese Agent (uncredited)
Moris Farhi
Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Anthony Chinn
Control Room Technician
(Smoking Victim)
(uncredited)
Stephen Hubay
Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Zsolt Vadaszffy
Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Cecil Cheng
Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Jonathan Hanson
Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Peter Taylor
Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Kristopher Kum
Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Hans De Vries
Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Tommy Yapp
Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Michael Kennedy
Control Room Technician
(uncredited)
Burnell Tucker
Submarine Officer
(uncredited)
Kikko Matsuoka
Diving Girl
(uncredited)
James Payne
Man at Typewriter in Office
(uncredited)
Robert Rietty
Voice: Tanaka
Monica van der Zyl
Voice: Kissy Suzuki
Vic Armstrong
Stunts
Mickey Baker
Stunts
Bernard Barnsley
Stunts
Marc Boyle
Stunts
Peter Brace
Stunt Driver
Peter Brayham
Stunts
Gilbert Chomat
Stunt Pilot
Alan Chuntz
Stunts
Diane Cilento
Swimming Double
Tim Condren
Stunts
Jack Cooper
Stunts
Gerry Crampton
Stunts
Bill Cummings
Stunts
Billy Dean
Stunts
Joe Dunne
Stunts
Eddie Eddon
Stunts
Steve Emerson
Stunts
Rupert Evans
Stunts
Tex Fuller
Stunts
John Gallant
Stunts
Martin Grace
Stunts
Frank Henson
Stunts
Arthur Howell
Stunts
Jazzer Jeyes
Stunts
Rusty Hood
Stunts
Jenny Le Free
Stunts
George Leech
Stunts
Jimmy Lodge
Stunts
Bill Morgan
Stunts
Terence Plummer
Stunts
Dinny Powell
Stunts
Eddie Powell
Stunts
Joe Powell
Stunts
Nosher Powell
Stunts
Terry Richards
Stunts
Doug Robinson
Stunts
Paddy Ryan
Stunts
Bob Simmons
Stunt Double for Sean Connery
Stunts
Tony Smart
Stunts
Roy Street
Stunts
Rocky Taylor
Stunts
Kenneth H. Wallis
Stunt Pilot (Little Nellie)
Chris Webb
Stunts
Bill Weston
Stunts
Paul Weston
Stunts

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