You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice (1967)

In the fifth James Bond thriller starring Sean Connery, Bond has to battle Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE, who have been gathering Russian and American spacecrafts in a diabolical plan to begin WWIII. Though Roald Dahl's script… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 13, 1967
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With exotic locales, impressive special effects, and a worthy central villain, You Only Live Twice overcomes a messy and implausible story to deliver another memorable early Bond flick.

TIME Magazine

There have been so many flamboyant imitations that the original looks like a copy.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Roald Dahl's implausible script is padded out with the usual exotic locations, stunts, and trickery.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

This is one of the best of the Sean Connery Bond films.

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Variety Staff

Sean Connery plays 007 with his usual finesse.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Tim Evans
Sky Cinema

A major draw was the establishment of Blofeld -- only tantalisingly glimpsed in previous Bonds -- played with malevolent magnificence by Donald Pleasance sporting a painful scar around his eye.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Tired, poorly paced Bond from 1967, with Sean Connery displaying his discontent.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This one is top-heavy with gadgets but weak on plotting and getting everything to work at the same time.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

Whatever else one can say about the Bond films, their mechanical gimmicks run rings round anything offered by most of the other spy and secret agent films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
my favorite soundtrack? good, slightly over the top Bond.
Jens S.
review coming.
Christopher Heim
The James Bond film where the Austin Powers franchise derives most of it's material from. Contains some of the franchises most electrifying action… More
Chris Weber
Okay, so while this film might have some really over-the-top moments that really test believability and prove quite silly and logic defying, this is… More
KJ Proulx
It may not have the best story, which is what the first two bond films benefitted from, but the action is absolutely brilliant and heart-pounding. Bond is at it… More
Josh Lewis
The Bond series goes a little too over the top here with a plot that is outright ridiculous. This one is not nearly as good as the ones before it, although… More