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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh the things i do for England, 2 Jan. 2010
This review is from: You Only Live Twice [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
From the opening bars of the title song (surely the best Bond song ever) I'm back queuing outside the Carlton in Essex Road at a very tender age waiting to see the latest big thing. There's no other film that quite manages it (well maybe Zulu).

Connery is, and always will be, James Bond - I know a couple of the others have been quite good, Daniel Craig amongst them, but Connery is the best, even if he was too common for Ian Fleming. Let's face it if it wasn't for the films the books would have been long forgotten.

Anyway Bond's in Japan; someone's trying to start World War III by kidnapping spaceships; there's lot's of sinister Orientals (and some good ones); the baddies have lots of opportunities to just kill him but never quite get around to it; Donald Pleasence strokes his cat and there's a damn good punch up in a hollowed-out volcano. The music's fabulous (good old John Barry), the script is witty (good old Roald Dahl) and well, it's just splendid.

One star deducted for whoever's idea it was to disguise Connery as a Japanese fisherman - I mean, I know it's James Bond, but come on!
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2011 10:27:51 GMT
A. Holliday says:
"One star deducted for whoever's idea it was to disguise Connery as a Japanese fisherman - I mean, I know it's James Bond, but come on!"

You can blame Ian Fleming! This was one of the few (possibly the only) lift from the novel. As you say, if it wasn't for the films the awful, pompous, ignorant, sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, narcissistic, self-indulgent and tedious novels would have been long (and rightfully) forgotten...
P.S. I enjoyed reading them when I was 12; I'm older now

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2011 09:19:08 GMT
A. Willard says:
Thanks for that - never realised it was Fleming's idea. To be honest i only finished a couple of the books ('Dr No' and 'Live and Let Die'), could never get on with the rest.
My preferred 12 year-old vice was Alistair MacLean...

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 09:48:06 BDT
Algy says:
I quite agree - those terrible book should have been long forgotten....and we can now enjoy sanitised 'PC' utterly pompous self deluding boring utterly unrealistic righteouse piffle that masquerades as modern 'correct' thinking....in a hypocritical 'Holier than thou' utterly deluded 'better watch what you think' ultra restraining world that is probably far MORE corrupt, unequal, 'up itself' and intolerant in truth than even Ian Fleming could have imagined written about....!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2011 21:03:58 BDT
M. A. Crown says:
I like your style!
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