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You Only Live Twice [DVD] 
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A disaster in space pushes humankind toward World War III, and only James Bond can prevent it in this pull-out-all-the-stops movie spectacular. Sean Connery returns as Agent 007, who travels to Japan to stop the evil SPECTRE organisation and its diabolical leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence), from instigating global warfare from his massive headquarters in an inactive volcano.
You Only Live Twice film boasts the best of the Bond title songs (this one sung on a dreamy track by Nancy Sinatra), but the movie itself is one of the weaker ones of the Sean Connery phase of the 007 franchise. The story concerns an effort by the evil organisation SPECTRE to start a world war, but the not-so-super villain behind the plot is the awfully civilised Donald Pleasence. The thin script is by Roald Dahl (shouldn't we have expected a better Bond nemesis from the creator of mad genius Willy Wonka?), and direction is by British veteran Lewis Gilbert (Alfie). But the movie can't hold a candle to Dr. No, From Russia with Love, or Goldfinger. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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After the massive hit of Thunderball the producers were going to make On Her Majesty's Secret Service which was Fleming's second story in what's known as the Blofeld Trilogy but due to location problems, lack of snow etc they decided to film You Only Live Twice, the third book of that trilogy instead. Bond was big in Japan at that time and the American space programme was big news so the producers combined both popular elements and added the prospect of WW3 and the revealing of Ernst Stavro Blofeld into one big action packed film. The aerial view of the fight at Kobe docks, Little Nellie's battle with SPECTRE's helicopters and the Ninja assault on the crater still look great 49 years later and not a bit of CGI in sight (looking at you Die Another Day !!)
One of John Barry's best scores, a script by Roald Dahl (who ignored his old friend Ian Fleming's plot) and directed by Lewis Gilbert (after Michael Winner turned the gig down) gave us a film better paced and more exciting than Thunderball but still inferior to Goldfinger. It's a great Bank Holiday treat of a film to sit and watch with the kids and one I highly recommend.
Bond 5 and Connery once again tackles the role of 007. With American and Soviet space craft mysteriously vanishing from space, both nations are laying the blame at the other's door. Sensing a nuclear war could break out, M assigns Bond to Japan to investigate if there might be a third party stirring the hornets nest. Teaming up with the Japanese secret service, Bond uncovers evidence that SPECTRE is behind the plot to pitch the East and the West against each other.
This organisation does not tolerate failure.
Thunderball had broke box office records for Bond, gadgetry, outlandish stunts and a quip on the tongue had proved most profitable. It was planned originally that On Her Majesty's Secret Service would be number 5 in the series, but a change of tack to go for You Only Live Twice as the story gave producers Broccoli & Saltzman the scope for a giganticus enormous production. However, it may be set in Japan and feature a Bond/Blofeld conflict, but Roald Dahl's script bares little resemblance to Ian Fleming's source novel. Although a massive financial success with a Worldwide gross of over $111 million, Bond 5 took $30 million less than Thunderball. Strange since this is a better film. Can we attribute the drop to it being a space age saga? Maybe, the rebirth of sci-fi was a few years away, and of course Bond had lost some fans who had grown tired, like Connery, of 007 relying on gadgets instead of brains and brawn to complete his missions.Read more ›
for cold wet evenings " when no think is worth watching on TV
You can never get fed up watching James Bond = Sean Connery
Who has been in 23 such films... fantastic
Five Gold Stars from me for such a good film not to be missed
On the bluray itself, the picture quality is very good for such an older film. About 3/4 of the way thru tho some intermittent vertical scratches or lines appear on the screen and appear randomly over a period of about 5 mins. This film had a restoration so I don't know if they missed this or didn't have the technology to fix it. Not a huge deal but still a bit surprising.
I imported this from the US as the US discs have a significant advantage for purists over the UK release. In addition to having the new lossless dts-HD audio, the US disc includes the original Mono audio. I recently read a review with some of the sound engineers who worked on the earlier Bond films and they were all quite shocked and disappointed that the UK disc omit these as they felt the original audio, be it a simple Mono (or Dolby Surround track on 'The Spy Who Loved Me'), are more suited to the films. I toggled back and forth during the film and indeed, I felt some of the artificially added sound effects (on the dts-HD track), particularly in the rear channels, were not so subtle.
The US disc (this disc is from the US Bond 50 boxset that includes all 23 films including 'Skyfall') plays perfectly on UK region 'B' bluray machines.
All in all, apart from the slight glitch with the scratches in the video, I am absolutely delighted with this disc.
No one has matched Sean Connery in my opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good film I've have always liked ever since I saw it when it came out at the cinema.
I bought this second hand and it's in very good condition.
Only got 4 Bond DVD's, this being my 5th but hoping to collect them all.Published 2 months ago by laurence
This is one of my favorite James Bond films, the story is good and the music excellent. The quality of the blu-ray is outstanding.Published 3 months ago by Nicola Power
Bought for a 9 year old who howls with laughter at the Ninjas who are in no way stealthy.Published 3 months ago by Magee