You Only Live Twice [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray] [SteelBook] [Only @ Best Buy] [1967]

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  • Release Date: 09/15/2015
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (215 out of 217)

Synopsis


You Only Live Twice
James Bond heads East to save the world (and to learn how to serve saki properly) in this action-packed espionage adventure. When an American spacecraft disappears during a mission, it's widely believed to have been intercepted by the Soviet Union, and after a Russian space capsule similarly goes missing, most consider it to be an act of American retaliation. Soon the two nations are at the brink of war, but British intelligence discovers that some sort of UFO has crashed into the Sea of Japan. Agent 007, James Bond (Sean Connery) is sent in to investigate. After staging his own death to avoid being followed, Bond, disguised as a Japanese civilian, teams up with agent Tiger Tanaka (Tetsuro Tamba) and his beautiful associate Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi). With their help, Bond learns that both the American and Russian space missions were actually scuttled by supercriminal Ernst Blofeld (Donald Pleasance) in yet another bid by his evil empire SPECTRE to take over the world. As he battles the bad guys, Bond finds time to romance both Kissy Suziki (Mie Hama) and Helga Brandt (Karin Dor). You Only Live Twice was one of Sean Connery's last outings as James Bond. The next Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, would star George Lazenby as 007, and while Connery would return for Diamonds Are Forever, in 1973, Roger Moore took over the role. (Connery would play Bond one last time, in 1983's Never Say Never Again, which was produced outside the official series.) ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Sean Connery
    Sean Connery - James Bond
  • Akiko Wakabayashi
    Akiko Wakabayashi - Aki
  • Tetsuro Tamba
    Tetsuro Tamba - Tiger Tanaka
  • Mie Hama
    Mie Hama - Kissy Suzuki
  • Donald Pleasence
    Donald Pleasence - Ernst Stavros Blofeld



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Japanese Bond vs Donald Pleasence / USSR vs US

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    Cubby
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    My wait for this one is over. It was absent from my 1990's Bond DVD collection. This film had the most beautiful, soothing music thru-out. Now on BLU-RAY in DTS 5.1 with DolbyD for the main-menu audio and extras, John Barry's insturmental score sets you up for the main song starting Chapter 3 sung by unknown Leslie Bricusse. She is way better than Shirley Goldfinger. Maurice Binder does his usual high quality work with his signature "Trippy and Sexy MainTitle Design". The locations such as Hong Kong Harbor and Tokyo are cool. My favorite is chapter 17 where Bond fly's around Japanese Islands in a mini helicopter /plane which Q delivers. I can't say enough about this movie, the metal case also makes these Blu-Rays very cool. Another James Bond with metal case "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" has Louis Armstrong singing "We Have All The Time In The World". Great gifts for any true Bond fans.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Classic Bond Film

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    elfmanfan
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    This was Sean Connery's last official outing as James Bond. He thwarts a plot by Blofeld(played by Donald Pleasance) to start a war between the USA, and the USSR. To do this, he travels to Japan where MI-6 believes that all the activity is happening. This is in many ways the typical Bond movie with great stunts, good(for the times) special effects, beautiful women, and good dialogue between Bond and his colleagues and the many villains he encounters. The Blu-ray presentation is fantastic; the studios(MGM and Fox) did a great job of mastering it. It is 2 hours of great fun, suspense, and thrills. Sean Connery was very comfortable in the role(though it was his last time as Bond); and handled it smoothly. I can recommend this not just for Bond, or Connery fans; but, to anyone who enjoys movies. This series of films have lasted for 50 years; this film shows why. The producers, and writers care about the films, and their audience. It doesn't get better than this.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    James Bond prevents space hijackings

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    luckydragon
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    YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE is among my top four best Bond movies. The plot has Bond trying to prevent SPECTRE from starting World War III by hijacking US and USSR space capsules and misleading the two superpowers into thinking they themselves are responsible and launch retaliatory nuclear attacks on each other. Donald Pleasence (HALLOWEEN) does an excellent job as SPECTRE's Ernst Stavro Blofeld who is seen in full for the first time, and look for Charles Grey as a Bond ally who played Blofeld in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. Although Bond's Aston Martin DB5 is not featured in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, its absence is admirably filled by Little Nellie, a gyrocopter armed with machine guns, missiles, air mines and a flamethrower. Lastly, Nancy Sinatra sings the theme song composed by John Barry which is my personal favorite among the Bond movies.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Best Bond films

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    GTMacHC
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    This is one of three of the best of Sean Connery's Bond movies! Set in Japan, this one has Donald Pleasance as the real Dr. Evil type character in the movie that inspired Mike Myers' character in the spoof movie"Austin Powers". Bond's mission is to discover why America's space program is being hi-jacked, before it starts a nuclear war between the U.S. And The Soviets in Russia! Spectre's brilliant plan is carried out from a dormant Volcano on a Japanese island. The Asian Bond girls in this one, and the cool gadgets are second only to the fight scenes! Domo Arrigato Bond-son!!!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgic memories, despite the improbable premise

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    obscura
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    I first saw this as a kid in 1967 during the height of the space race between the US & USSR. While the hidden base in a dormant volcano with a spacecraft launching/landing pad was a cool concept, it drew some skepticism even from my youthful brain at the time. There are other laughable things, such as a 6' 2" hairy-chested Connery trying to pass himself off as a Japanese islander. Despite these detractions, I still have a nostalgic liking for this gadget-laden Bond outing (I always wanted a mini-helicopter like the one Bond flew in that film).

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A delightful ride

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    prlwctd

    Sir Sean's 5th turn as Bond finds 007, after faking his death in the name of national security, going to Japan to investigate the disapparance of U.S. and Soviet spacecraft in the hopes of preventing WWIII. He eventually comes face to face with SPECTRE's ruthless leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasance, looking wonderfully sinister). There not much suspense here, but the film is still entertaining with beauiful shots of the Japanese countryside as well as Ken Adam's Oscar-worthy volcano set (which Austin Powers would spoof over 2 decades later).

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    N. Sinatra's Song

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    Jeff
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    This movie is all about Nancy Sinatra's song for me. It's a beautiful tune that works for the Bond montage and speaks for the feel of the movie. Set in Japan, we see the original Bond really living some spy moments, posing as a married man, actually marrying someone. We see a pretty creepy bedtime assassination - it'll cross your mind as you go to sleep. This movie is played serious, with the traditional big set piece finale. This is one of the perfect, classic Bond flicks.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Bond movie with improved packaging

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    photodog
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    Picked this up to round out my James Bond Blu Ray collection.. First SteelBook purchase - packaging is a nice touch, definitely an improvement over standard packaging as it adds some durability and is more visually appealing.. Would definitely recommend the steelbook edition at the same price as the standard version No issues with audio or video quality related to the transfer. Haven't checked out the special features yet, of which there are some but not a great deal of.

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