You Only Live Twice
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There have been so many flamboyant imitations that the original looks like a copy."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Roald Dahl's implausible script is padded out with the usual exotic locations, stunts, and trickery."
‑ , Time Out
"Another fun, exciting James Bond adventure even if it's the first of the initial five 007 outings that doesn't live up to series' expectations."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"It's one of the series', and Connery's, best."
‑ , Total Film
"The one where the franchise became out-and-out ridiculous."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Sean Connery plays 007 with his usual finesse."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This noisy and wildly violent picture... is evidently pegged to the notion that nothing succeeds like excess. And because it is shamelessly excessive, it is about a half-hour too long."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Sluggish Bond entry has cartoonish violence, stereotyping."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"the action scenes are quite enjoyable and the special effects are terrific. But the story is just so lazy and lackluster that I became uninterested during any scenes that didn't contain gunshots or explosions."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"It vainly tries to flash its escapist fun teeth with the usual implausible Bond plot."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Tired, poorly paced Bond from 1967, with Sean Connery displaying his discontent."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This one is top-heavy with gadgets but weak on plotting and getting everything to work at the same time."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The fifth Bond film, with Agent 007 in the East, is not as good as the previous ones, but it still offers escapist entertainment."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"What seems like a floundering follow-up to the canned, constrained "Thunderball" rights the ship with imaginative storytelling, impeccable production design and furious filmmaking flourishes that introduce the Bond hallmarks of stunts and spectacles."
‑ Nick Rogers,
" awfully minor entry within Connery's 007 run."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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