You Only Live Twice (Bond 5)


Year of Release: 1967

Genre: Action/Adventure

Related to/Remake of: All of the James Bond films

Directed By: Lewis Gilbert

Music By: John Barry

Starring: Sean Connery (as James Bond), Akiko Wakabayashi (as Aki), Mie Hama (as Kissy Suzuki), Tetsurō Tamba (as Tiger Tanaka), Teru Shimada (as Mr. Osato), Karin Dor (as Helga Brandt/No. 11), Donald Pleasence (as Ernst Stavro Blofeld)

Basic Plot: After a U.S. spacecraft is engulfed by another mysterious spacecraft, James Bond is commissioned by MI6 to go to Japan to investigate.  While there, he begins to suspect S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is behind the nefarious plot to drive the U.S. and Russia to war.

Rating (Out of 4): 2

Pros: Some decent action set-pieces.  Connery looks completely at home playing Bond.

Cons: This is the first movie to show Blofeld’s face, and it is underwhelming, to say the least.  This movie feels incredibly dated, and the scene where James Bond is “transformed” in to a Japanese man is ridiculously hilarious.