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You Only Live Twice
Director: Lewis Gilbert (Dir)
Release Date:   1967
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 13 Jun 1967
Duration (in mins):   116
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Cast:   Sean Connery (James Bond)  
    Akiko Wakabayashi (Aki)  
    Tetsuro Tamba (Tiger Tanaka)  
    Mie Hama (Kissy Suzuki)  
    Teru Shimada (Osato)  
    Karin Dor (Helga Brandt)  
    Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny)  
    Desmond Llewelyn ("Q")  
    Charles Gray (Henderson)  
    Tsai Chin (Chinese girl)  
    Bernard Lee ("M")  
    Donald Pleasence (Ernst Stavro Blofeld)  
    Alexander Knox (U. S. President)  
    Robert Hutton (President's aide)  
    Burt Kwouk (SPECTRE No. 3)  
    Michael Chow (SPECTRE No. 4)  
    Diane Cilento (Double)  

Summary: While orbiting the earth, a U. S. space capsule is intercepted and drawn into the nose of a mammoth spaceship. The Russians are blamed for the incident, but the real culprit is SPECTRE, an international crime syndicate engaged in provoking a third world war. When Allied missile tracking stations reveal the ship has landed somewhere in Japan, secret agent James Bond is sent to investigate. To convince the enemy he is dead, an elaborate murder and sea burial are staged, enabling Bond to sneak into Japan; despite the precaution, however, Bond's Tokyo contact is killed. Aided by Tiger Tanaka's secret service, Bond learns that Osato Engineering is somehow involved and takes along Tanaka's beautiful secretary, Aki, to investigate the company's shipping enterprises. He is captured by Osato's sadistic but seductive accomplice, Helga Brandt, and left alone in an airborne, pilotless plane, which he somehow manages to land. Bond then surveys the Japanese coastline in his miniature helicopter and pinpoints the center of enemy operations in the vicinity of an extinct volcano. After Aki is murdered by a poison intended for Bond, a Russian space capsule disappears. With the world on the brink of nuclear war, Bond disguises himself as a native fisherman with a beautiful wife, Kissy Suzuki, and moves toward the volcano while Tanaka prepares his commandos for attack. As another U. S. spaceship is launched, Bond and Kissy make their way into the volcano and discover the gigantic headquarters of SPECTRE. Quickly freeing the captured American and Russian astronauts, Bond fights his way to SPECTRE mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who has just thrown Helga into a pool of piranhas for failing to kill the secret agent. As Tanaka's commandos rush into the volcano, Blofeld sets off a series of tremendous explosions before being knocked into the pool and devoured. The crater and SPECTRE stronghold are destroyed, but Bond and Kissy escape by tunnel in a rubber dinghy and land atop a surfacing British submarine. 

Production Company: Danjaq, S. A.  
  Eon Productions, Ltd.  
Distribution Company: United Artists  
Director: Lewis Gilbert (Dir)
  Bob Simmons (Dir action seq)
  Peter Hunt (2nd unit dir)
  William P. Cartlidge (Asst dir)
Producer: Albert R. Broccoli (Pres)
  Harry Saltzman (Pres)
  Albert R. Broccoli (Prod)
  Harry Saltzman (Prod)
Writer: Roald Dahl (Scr)
  Harry Jack Bloom (Addl story material)
Photography: Freddie Young (Dir of photog)
  Bob Huke (2nd unit photog)
  John Jordan (Aerial photog)
  Lamar Boren (Underwater photog)
Art Direction: Ken Adam (Prod des)
  Harry Pottle (Art dir)
Film Editor: Peter Hunt (Film ed)
  Thelma Connell (Film ed)
Set Decoration: David ffolkes (Set dec)
Costumes: Eileen Sullivan (Ward)
Music: John Barry (Mus comp & cond & arr)
Sound: John Mitchell (Sd)
Special Effects: John Stears (Spec eff)
Make Up: Basil Newall (Makeup)
  Paul Rabiger (Makeup)
  Eileen Warwick (Hairstyles)
Production Misc: David Middlemas (Prod supv)
  Robert Watts (Loc mgr)
  Kikumaru Okuda (Tech adv)
  Maurice Binder (Main titles)
Country: United Kingdom

Songs: "You Only Live Twice," words and music by John Barry and Leslie Bricusse.
Composer: John Barry
  Leslie Bricusse
Source Text: Based on the novel You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming (London, 1964).
Authors: Ian Fleming

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Eon Productions 13/6/1967 dd/mm/yyyy LP34526

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
  Widescreen/ratio: Panavision

Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Abduction
  James Bond (Fictional character)
  Nuclear warfare
  Secret agents
  Submarine boats
  Crime syndicates
  Tokyo (Japan)

Note: Location scenes filmed in Japan. Opened in London in Jun 1967. 

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