Monday, 1 September 2014

You Only Live Twice Review

You Only Live Twice

Release Date: 14th December 1967 - Australia

Production Companies
EON Productions
Danjaq (Uncredited)

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 106 minutes

Budget: $10,300.000 

Box Office Gross: $111,600,000 

Plot Summary
Agent 007 and the Japanese 
secret service ninja force 
must find and stop the true 
culprit of a series of space-
jackings before nuclear war 
is provoked.

Sean Connery - James Bond
Donald Pleasence - Ernst Stavro 
Karin Dor - Helga Brandt
Akiko Wakabayashi - Aki
Mie Hama - Kissy Susuki
Tetsuro Tamba - Tiger Tanaka
Bernard Lee - M
Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn - Q
Teru Shimada - Mr. Osato

Director - Lewis Gilbert
Based on Novel "You Only Live 
Twice" and Characters "James 
Bond" - Ian Fleming
Screenplay - Roald Dahl
Additional Screenplay 
Material - Harold Jack Bloom
Producers - Albert R. Broccoli 
and Harry Saltzman
Production Designer - Ken Adam
Second Unit Director/
Supervising Film Editor - Peter Hunt
Cinematography - Freddie Young
Action Sequences - Bob Simmons
Special Effects - John Stears
Titles Designer - Maurice Binder 
Composer: James Bond 
Theme - Monty Norman
Music - John Barry
Lyrics: You Only Live Twice - 
Leslie Bricusse
Singer: You Only Live Twice - 
Nancy Sinatra

Here we are, after the Bond set taking a two year break, finally, I decided to treat fans to the long-awaited sequel. This one is supposedly the end to Sean Connery's tenure as the famed sophisticated spy 007 until 71. Nothing is more simpler in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, with a three course serving of action for entre' dinner and desert. This movie sets a good pace that keeps the viewers entertained from start to finish with a good balance of action unlike THUNDERBALL (click here) which is overdone. The tight story was done by Roald Dahl when he was not working on his books for younger children. I'm quite surprised the film's plot never got cheesy or trashy, perhaps Dahl didn't use any of his known usual themes to make the storyline utterly incomprehensible. I loathe Ernst Stravo Blofeld as he's always the villain that survives from Bond, the other known actor of the film Donald Pleasence plays fittingly well as the duplicitous head of SPECTRE. 

Twice as it goes with all that sense and twice how it supplies the danger and presented audiences with sheer excitement. The fifth Bond film nonetheless proves evidently as a great essential addition to the film catalogue, I wasn't expecting it would be on the same ranking level as the other Connery features. 

I'll continue to review the series as I do it in fruition for ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE which I plan to review next.  

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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