You Only Live Twice (1967)

LEWIS GILBERT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom, 1967Eon Productions.  Screenplay by , additional story material by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

When an American spaceship disappears into what looks like a thieving Russian aircraft, the entire planet is on the brink of World War III unless British command headquarters can do something about it. Naturally, they put their top agent, swanky James Bond 007 (Sean Connery) on the job, and he is sent to Japan where the spaceship was last seen on a collision course towards Earth. Bond suspects that the evil SPECTRE organization is at the bottom of this, and must prove it before war actually breaks out and cripples the planet. After the disappointing Thunderball, this exciting adventure is a great throwback to the classier qualities of Goldfinger and Dr. No, unapologetically sexy and full of lots of ridiculous stunts and gadgets. Connery is still having a great time in the lead role, and the scenery of Japan is breathtaking. Alexander Knox, who was Oscar-nominated for his portrayal of Woodrow Wilson in 1944, here appears again as an American president.

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