You Only Live Twice (1967)
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Just another movie about everyday life.
You Only Live Twice takes us to Hong Kong and Japan a few years before the kung fu craze, features one of the biggest sets ever built (I still can't believe the volcano interior was all practical), and has our first full-frontal look at SPECTRE's #1, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. I'm afraid the latter is a bit of an anti-climax, a reveal that at once comes a bit too late in the movie AND has been ruined for me by Mike Meyers. He's hard to take seriously, with his cat trying to flee when the explosions start happening (best kitty acting EVER), and all that. I'm also not that keen on Bond's Asian transformation in which he looks, at best, like a Romulan or something. And what is SPECTRE's plan here? They're stealing spacecraft from orbit (what is this, Moonraker?) to foment war between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.? Ridiculously complicated. So what's to like? Japan is an interesting place, their superspy Tanaka has his own personal subway car(!), and Aki's a pretty competent Bond girl. The vehicle action is cool too, and of course, it's hard to beat that ninja-filled final sequence.
After 4 movies with Sean Connery showing us what his missions are like, this one kind of falls a bit flat with the exception of the ending. Whereas the previous movies all had a strong plot and characters throughout the entire film this one tends to lean on the gadgets and the chases to make up for some of the plot and average acting. The main exception is Blofeld's volcano lair which is without a doubt one of the biggest and most spectacular Bond sets ever built and was used to fantastic effect.
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This movie ranks #140 in Marshall Julius's Action! The Action Movie A-Z
This movie ranks #239 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office