Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Cold War
- Donald Pleasence Films
- James Bond Films
- Sean Connery Films
- World Domination
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that the “fifth James Bond film” is “not a bad Bond film, but it doesn’t compare to its predecessors.” He argues that “the formula had become a little stale,” and that it “should have been about twenty minutes shorter” — but I actually find this a more relevant criticism for Thunderball (1965), which most definitely lags. The storyline for You Only Live Twice — very loosely scripted by Roald Dahl (!) from Ian Fleming’s novel — moves along at a reasonable clip:
… and the last twenty minutes feature what may be the most exciting sequence in the series to that point: ninja warriors descending into a hidden volcano base and wreaking absolute havoc on operations while Blofeld struggles to hold onto his white cat at all costs.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Donald Pleasence as Blofeld
- Impressive sets (by Ken Adam)
- Freddie Young’s Panavision widescreen cinematography
- The fantastic finale
No, though it’s a worth a look for the brilliant finale.