You Only Live Twice (1967)
Cast & Characters
Working from a remote volcano lair, arch enemy Ernst Stavro
Blofeld is capturing US and Soviet manned capsules in outer
space. With the Americans and Soviets blaming each other
for the incidents, Bond travels to Japan to lead a ninja
army and destroy Blofeld before WWIII erupts.
UK: 12th June 1967 (PG)
USA: 13th June 1967 (PG)
World Premiere: 12th June 1967 (Odeon Leicester Square,
UK TV Premiere: 20th November 1977, ITV
US TV Premiere: 2nd November 1975, ABC
Running Time: 112 minutes
Classification: PG (UK), PG (US)
Worldwide Box Office: $111.6m
US Box Office: $43.1m
US Admissions: 36 million
UK Box Office: N/A
Producers: Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Screenplay: Roald Dahl
Composer: John Barry
Hong Kong; Tokyo, Japan; Matsu, Japan; Cape Cod, USA; Hawaii,
USA; Pentagon, USA; Russia; Outer Space.
An American spacecraft is stolen whilst in orbit by another
- mysterious - spacecraft. America is convinced that Russia
has stolen the craft and threatens war. Meanwhile, the British
claim that they know something the Americans don't: they
have evidence that the spacecraft returned to earth near
Japan and that their man is on the case. The next shot is
of Bond, who is in bed with a Chinese woman. Ling walks
across the room and presses a button. Suddenly the bed folds
up into the wall and armed men burst in shooting at the
vertical bed. The authorities arrive and pronounce 007 dead
at the scene.
The title is taken from Ian Fleming's twelfth novel and
the plot point of Bond being 'killed' so he can continue
to work undercover, with his enemies assuming he is dead
and out of the picture. The title is uttered by Blofeld
when he realises Bond was not assassinated in Hong Kong
Cut Scenes & Alternate
The mid-1970s broadcast on ABC was confusingly reedited
in places, and in fact placed the pre-credits scenes after
the opening credits, save for a few seconds shown prior
to the theme song.
The 1995 MGM/UA video release includes English subtitles
for Japanese dialogue heard during the scene where Bond
is turned into a Japanese fisherman. Some TV prints do not
have these subtitles.
The 1992 MGM/UA UK VHS widescreen edition crops the gun
barrel sequence and the opening shot of the space capsule
into a 4:3 ratio within the widescreen picture. The cropping
is removed when the scene cuts to the astronauts, thus showing
the full widescreen image.
Tanaka: "Japanese men only have beautiful bare skin."
Bond: "Japanese proverb say 'bird never make nest in bare
When Bond enters the Sumo game the writing above the door
reads, "Beauty Parlour" in Japanese.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld's face is seen for the first time, revealing
him as the archetypal alopecian villain.
"Bond, James Bond": 0
As voted in MI6's Fan Verdict poll
THE END of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE but James Bond will be back ON
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