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You Only Live Twice (Sous-titres français)
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The 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 organization SPECTRE to start a world war, but the not-so-super villain behind the plot is the awfully civilized 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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In You Only Live Twice,James Bond comes face-to-face for the first time with his arch-nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, in this 5th installment in the Eon series. In previous adventures Bond had battled Blofeld's deadly Spectre subordinates and proxies, but never engaged the big-bad himself.
Filmed in the wake of the two Bondmania extravganzas, Goldfinger and Thunderball, this 1967 Sean Connery entry does its best to outdo it's illustrious predecessors. The film features arguably the most spectacular Bond set-design of all-time, as 007 tracks the elusive Spectre mastermind to his Japanese, volcano rocket-launching base, a massive set built at London's Pinewood studios.
Drawn from Ian Fleming's novel published only 3 years earlier, the film is set almost entirely in Japan, and features numerous Japanese actors, as well as Donald Pleasance as the famous villain with the white persian cat. Bond has never been bigger.
Seemingly exhausted by it all, Connery announced his retirment from the role during filming, with this being his 5th Bond in 6 years. But he would return four years later, for one final fling in the offical series with Diamonds Are Forever, before turning the tux and shoulder holster over to Roger Moore.
The film, directed by Lewis Gilbert of "Alfie" fame, is a delight to the eyes and ears, with Ken Adam's sets among the most amazing yet constructed, and John Barry's haunting score, topped by Nancy Sinatra's rendition of the bittersweet title song, tied with his work for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" as the best of the series.
Unfortunately, the celebrated Dahl lets us down with a script lacking the imagination to which we have become accustomed. 007 relies on pure luck one time too many when finding himself in a bind, and the most publicized aspect of the film, the first appearance of arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is anti-climactic thanks to the miscasting of Donald Pleasance (a last minute substitute for an ailing actor).
But "You Only Live Twice" is still fun. Sean Connery, in what was supposed to be his last go-round as Bond, still looks engaged by the character, and since this film entered release only two months after the disastrous "Casino Royale," the black sheep Bond film made from the one title not owned by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman's EON productions, in which everyone but Connery played 007, that was enough to make "You Only Live Twice" the second biggest hit of 1967 (trailing "The Dirty Dozen" by a half million or so).
Indeed, this is one of the weaker Bonds in the series. (but not as bad as "The World Is Not Enough", which also wasn't as good as I thought!). STILL, the action-packed sequences and the explosive Special-FX make up for that. Another note is that the title song (sung by Nancy Sinatra) is a bit depressing in my opinion. I'd have to agree with other reviewers here that this wasn't as good as Connery's previous Bond films such as "Dr. No" "From Russia With Love" and "Goldfinger", but it's still good eye candy!
I thought it was okay, but kinda boring sometimes. Also, be sure to check out the sequel, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". It's the BEST of the Bond's. SERIOUSLY!
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movie was here in a week, very happy it made it in time for us to give as a gift.Published on Jan. 6 2014 by sheri
another great bond movie and sean connery is always hot and the action is good too. picture and sound quility are very goodPublished on Dec 4 2013 by HOGG
Classic Connery-style Bond, Hadn't seen the Blu-ray before,but it doers enhance the viewing experience more. On location extras were perfect for a Bond geek like me,Published on May 21 2013 by ed piontek
This one arrived as well quickly and efficiently. The movie itself was one of the classics
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my wife and I love Sean Connery. He was the best 007. He plays the part as if he was a spy.Published on Jan. 7 2013 by Lena Ferguson
I've been replacing my VHS collection with DVDs and the quality of the DVD makes it well worth the money. I've watched this several times, of course and love every minute. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2012 by Simba
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