You Only Live Twice (DVD, 2007, Canadian; Single Disc Version)

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You Only Live Twice Sean Connery as Bond #5 Lean-N-Stirred,-NOT-Shaken

Feb 7, 2012
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Pros:good 1967 production values, Connery,

Cons:dated effects, weak henchmen

The Bottom Line: You Only Live Twice, better than Thunderball but Bond's getting cartoonish and surrounded by big production elements now.


1967’s You Only Live Twice was the 5th Sean Connery as James Bond Movie which was the 6thmost popular of the year between Jungle Book (#7) and Dirty Dozen (#5).

1967, the summer of love, albums by the Doors, Beatles, Stones, Joplin, Hendrix, Kinks, Donovan, Arlo Guthrie, Love, Velvet Underground, Grateful Dead, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and the Monkees were still round, black and the size of medium pizzas.

TWICE was the biggest, loudest and most expensive Bond so far and was critically pounced upon, but holds up pretty well and is still quite enjoyable.  It resembles the best of the Roger Moore Bonds with Connery as the man with a license to kill.

Bond is in Japan this time and it might be Japanese (not the Russians) who are swallowing up satellites in space.  SPACE?  Science Fiction? Bond purists weren’t happy.

Bond, here is more of an iconic character.  Things are happening to him because he is BOND and he of course foils the evil plot. He’s not doing much but surviving various attacks.

That plot has nothing to do with the book written by Ian Fleming.  Instead Roald Dahl (Yes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dahl) wrote the screenplay and had a blast doing a derivation of Bond.  Problem was, everyone was already doing a derivation on Bond ( the better ones like Dean Martin in the Matt Helm Series, James Coburn as Flint don’t look impressive today).

Bigger was supposed to be better so gone are some of the nice little quieter touches that Dr. No, Goldfinger and From Russia with Love had.  The Bond Girls are more disposable the usual, and in fact in a pre-credit sequence Bond is killed!!! 

Ah… but we do get Donald Pleasance as Blofeld and some nifty inventions from the original Q.

The movie is a little too long, but it doesn't drag like Thunderball did, because we aren't following around a bomb for far too long (as in Thunderball).   Connery is more disengaged from Bond and doesn't seem to be trying very hard, but there's so much going on around him, the movie doesn't really let him do much.  He's still Connery though.
The big set pieces were very impressive for 1967 and they still play pretty well, though the choreography plays campy these days and yes, even Connery looks ridiculous in the mini-helicopter... but hey..  anybody would.

It’s big colorful, loud and the newer DVDs have restored the colors and improved the sound.

 BOTTOM LINE

I still enjoy  YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE better than most post-Connery Bond films and more than Thunderball, Diamonds are Forever (and Never Say Never Again).


©2012, Christopher J. Jarmick


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