Saturday, November 17, 2007

You Only Live Twice

We are slowly working our way through the James Bond films in chronological order. Saturday night, we watched You Only Live Twice. Released in 1967, this is the fifth film in the James Bond Series, and fifth to star Sean Connery as MI6 secret agent James Bond, 007. It is loosely based on Ian Fleming's 1964 novel of the same name.

After his death is faked (including a burial at sea), Bond is dispatched to Japan to look into the mysterious disappearance in orbit of American and Russian spacecraft. With one side blaming the other, the Cold War world is thrown to the brink of World War III.

Following an elaborate Japanese wedding, Bond goes undercover on a remote Japanese island. He ends up face to face with Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE. This film reveals the features of Blofeld, who was previously a partially-unseen character.

Vehicles and gadgets in the film include a Toyota 2000GT convertible, a heavily armed autogyro named "Little Nellie," and Gyrojet rocket guns.

You Only Live Twice became the quintessential example of the spy film particularly with the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his aspirations of world domination and extravagant lair in a volcano.

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