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James Bond: You Only Live Twice (Ultimate Edition) (2 Discs)

Featuring: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi & Mie Hama

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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  TWICE IS THE WAY TO LIVE

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The big set pieces and gadgetry that began to filter through in the previous two Bond outings peak here in Sean Connery's last mission before hanging up the holster - or so he thought! A mission that sees Bond die, return from the grave, relocate to Japan and get married, All in order to stop Donald Pleasance's (Dr) evil villain Blofeld from starting World War Three!

In a script penned by Roald Dahl, You Only Live Twice certainly ups the elements of the franchise and sets the tone that more modern fans are familiar with, especially that of the gadgets, of which there is a very impressive scene in this with Bond taking on several baddy helicopters in a mini gyrocopter. In addition there are some other impressive sequences in the film as well. The scene where the ninjas enter the volcano is certainly one of them. In terms of the cast, Sean Connery is certainly well settled into the role of Bond, despite the lack of interest he appears to show at times, and this film also gives him a very good swansong, which is marred by the dismal Diamonds Are Forever in which he returned. As well as Sean, Bernard Lee is back as M and Desmond Llewellyn as Q as well as Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny with a few further great additions to the cast, namely Donald Pleasance's scared Ernst Stavro Blofeld - a villain that would be parodied for years to come!

The only downer that Twice presents is that it is without a doubt where the tone of the films changed dramatically, losing its serious and grittiness slightly. That aside, it is a very good Bond yarn, with some brilliant and stunning locations and stunts, it also rounded off Connery's tenure with the series nicely - shame he returned for Diamonds - and gave the series one of its recurring villains. As equally impressive as the script and the film itself is the opening credits which is visually pleasing while the theme song is one of the best of the series. Despite the big scale of the film and the great performances and theme song etc, the film is not the best of the series, yet it is certainly one of Connery's best and paved the way for what was to come.

  Ernst Satvro Blofeld one of best bond bad guys

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Stavro is brill one of the best villians:
1. Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Goldfinger
2. Dr No and Jaws
3. Le chiffre and Red grant

  Great movie , some would say an inspiration!!

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Not being a particular fan of James Bond until recently , I have found myself working my way through some of the 'old classics'.

This is probably the 7th or 8th Bond Movie that I have seen and i've got to say so far it is one of the best. Having loved the Austin Powers trilogy it was finally nice to understand exactly where the inspiration for the Dr Evil Parody has come from .

I am told Connery is the best bond and he certainly gives off a suave vibe throughout this , the supporting cast are very good and generally for me this was just a very enjoyable movie! One that you can enjoy wether you are a bond fan or not!

  A BLOATED BOND !

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This was going to be Connery's Swan song as Bond, and you can tell, As his heart does not seem in this massive but shallow production.The scale of the film is massive, and the film now has cartoon like villans.
When U.S. and Soviet manned spaceships are hijacked in earth's orbit, Bond must race to prevent nuclear war between the superpowers. This takes Bond to Japan, where he again battles the evil SPECTRE organisation in a Volcano ! This is the first time we see Stavro Blofeld played by Donald Pleasence. It's hard to look at Pleasence's performance these days and not to think Dr.Evil ! The sets in the film are of grand scale, and the Ninja assault on Bloffeld's base is well staged. But this is where the gadgets start to take over. Like Thunderball before, this film has some of the same probles but on a bigger scale. This was a warning of things to come !

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  A BLOATED BOND !

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This was going to be Connery's Swan song as Bond, and you can tell, As his heart does not seem in this massive but shallow production.The scale of the film is massive, and the film now has cartoon like villans.
When U.S. and Soviet manned spaceships are hijacked in earth's orbit, Bond must race to prevent nuclear war between the superpowers. This takes Bond to Japan, where he again battles the evil SPECTRE organisation in a Volcano ! This is the first time we see Stavro Blofeld played by Donald Pleasence. It's hard to look at Pleasence's performance these days and not to think Dr.Evil ! The sets in the film are of grand scale, and the Ninja assault on Bloffeld's base is well staged. But this is where the gadgets start to take over. Like Thunderball before, this film has some of the same probles but on a bigger scale. This was a warning of things to come !

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  Magnificent film, but Connery's heart's just not in it...

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The fifth Bond film is one of the fastest and the fizziest. Ken Adam's volcano set is still incredible and the whole film is exceptionally entertaining.

The downside is that, for the first time, Bond himself has become completely dwarfed by the enormity of the film he's starring in. Also, Sean Connery's frustration with the intensity of Bondmania shows in his unenthusiastic performance.

  Stunning Film But....

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This is where the rot began as excess began to swamp the films. The film is great with a gorgeous title song, fine setting and solid acting even if Connery does seem a little bored in places, however the colossal set and Donald Pleasance's grotesque villain while fine here were a worrying sign of what was to come in the later years. Another fine DVD issue with excellent detail and colour

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