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You Only Live Twice

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United Kingdom, United States, Japan
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1967

Rated PG · 1h 57m

Director Lewis Gilbert
Starring Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurō Tamba
Genre Action, Adventure, Thriller
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During the Cold War, American and Russian spacecraft go missing, leaving each superpower believing the other is to blame. As the world teeters on the brink of nuclear war, British intelligence learns that one of the spacecrafts has landed in the Sea of Japan. James Bond is sent to investigate.

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50

Time Out London by

Roald Dahl's implausible script is padded out with the usual exotic locations, stunts, and trickery.
70

The New York Times by Bosley Crowther

Although there's a lot more science-fiction than there is first-vintage James Bond in You Only Live Twice, the fifth in a series of veritable Bond films with Sean Connery, there's enough of the bright and bland bravado of the popular British super-sleuth mixed into this melee of rocket-launching to make it a bag of good Bond fun.
30

Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

Tired, poorly paced Bond from 1967, with Sean Connery displaying his discontent. Donald Pleasence's Blofeld has a memorably creepy softness, but that's about it.
100

Empire by Ian Nathan

Director Lewis Gilbert effortlessly marshals the intricacies of the plot (a nutty plan by SMERSH to ignite a world war), the exotic Japanese locations, and the extravagancies of having hundreds of ninja warriors abseiling into a huge enemy base unfathomably constructed in the belly of an extinct volcano (quite the engineering feat!).
88

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

From the Eastern flavor of the opening theme, hauntingly sung by Nancy Sinatra, to the Japanese setting, the fifth film is the Bond series just gets better and cooler with age. The tasty script by Roald Dahl junks most of the Fleming novel, spinning its own witty Cold War fantasy.
63

Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Connery labors mightily. There is still the same Bond grin, still the cool humor under fire, still the slight element of satire. But when he puts on his cute little helmet and is strapped into his helicopter, somehow the whole illusion falls apart and what we're left with is a million-dollar playpen in which everything works but nothing does anything.

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