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[[caption-width-right:330: ''"Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond!"'']]

->''"Me? I never take any risks."''
-->-- '''James Bond'''

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'''''You Only Live Twice''''' (1967), often abbreviated as YOLT, is the fifth ''Film/JamesBond'' film, and the fifth starring Creator/SeanConnery. After Bond fakes his death to fall off the radar, he is sent to Japan to investigate SPECTRE's latest plot to spark a nuclear war by interfering in the SpaceRace. One of the goofier Bond films (but it's still awesome!), a little known fact that contributes to this is that the screenplay was written by children's book writer Creator/RoaldDahl, a good friend of Creator/IanFleming.

Notably, this was the first film to deviate significantly from [[Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice the source novel]], which has Bond, still reeling from the tragic events of ''Literature/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', being sent by M on an extremely tricky diplomatic mission to Japan in an attempt to shake him out of his HeroicBSOD. The novel was considered to be unfilmable, so they had to almost completely rewrite the plot. Apart from the Japanese setting, the basic characters of Tiger Tanaka and Dikko Henderson (both of whom were portrayed completely differently in the film), and Blofeld as the villain, it has little in common with its film adaptation.

After five years of playing the character, Connery sleepwalks his way through the movie, having already stated he was sick of playing the role. Many of the most widely known and celebrated Bond tropes come from this movie, including Creator/KenAdam's giant volcano set. Most famous, however, is the genre-defining performance from Creator/DonaldPleasance as Blofeld, complete with a fluffy white cat to stroke - many people are surprised to be told this is actually the only one Pleasance is in (though the character himself shows up a few more times). This Blofeld was specifically parodied as Doctor Evil in AustinPowers, as were a few other tropes such as the hollowed out volcano lair.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl
** Aki the Japanese spy is actually a pretty good example of the trope, since she's a WaifFu with downright ''mean'' driving skills. Too bad she bit it.
** Kissy isn's so bad either. She joins Tanaka and his ninjas raiding the SPECTRE volcano all while wearing a bikini!
* AdaptationDistillation
** The producers tried to do as in the book and use a castle by the sea. However, they found out there's no such thing in Japan (they are built well into land because of typhoons). The solution they found? [[RuleOfCool A volcano base!]]
** Creator/RoaldDahl had to create a new plot as he considered that the book was more of a travelogue than a novel (see InNameOnly, below).
* AgentsDating: Bond has a dinner with his "wife" Kissy (an agent who works for Tanaka) in which Kissy informs him that they're sleeping in separate rooms. Bond protests "But we're supposed to be married. We're on our honeymoon!", but Kissy replies "Not honeymoon. This is business."
* AllThereInTheScript: Kissy Suzuki is not called or mentioned by name at all during the actual movie.
* BetweenMyLegs: A common shot in Bond films; this shot is taken of a girl at the bath house framing James.
* BigBad: Ernst Stavro Blofeld
* BigRedButton: Two - one pushed by Bond to destroy the SPECTRE space ship, one a switch thrown by Blofeld to activate his base's SelfDestructMechanism.
* BilingualBonus: Bond is having his chest hair dyed to look more Japanese. Bond: "Why don't you just dye the parts that show?" Aki (in Japanese, untranslated): "That's a secret only we know!"
* BlofeldPloy: Done ''twice'' in this one, by you-know-who. First he uses it to kill Helga instead of Osato, and then later he hilariously points a gun at Bond and shoots Osato, only to attempt to kill Bond again mere seconds later in another location where he's conveniently subdued by one of Tiger's shurikens.
* BondOneLiner: "Bon appetit!" after Hans falls in the [[SharkPool piranha pool]].
* BondVillainStupidity: Blofeld actually calls his underlings out on this. When he captures Bond himself, he ''does'' make a mistake that allows Bond to escape (he shoots Osato first), but that doesn't seem to be an example of this as Bond was saved by events out of Blofeld's control.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Hans.
* BurialAtSea: Commander James Bond gets one.
* CoitusEnsues: Subverted. Kissy emphatically insisted her fake marriage was strictly business and would not be consummated for their "honeymoon." This being a Bond movie, they still tried to do it, almost during ''a mission'' at that! Unfortunately M interrupted by surfacing a submarine direct beneath them while they were just getting started.
* CollapsingLair: After Blofeld activates a SelfDestructMechanism.
* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Bond is escaping from the Osato Chemicals building when Aki drives up beside him and tells him to "Get in!"
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: The massive army of ninja is slaughtered when it initially attacks Blofeld's lair. They become incredibly effective after Bond and Tiger Tanaka takes a hand and help out.
** In fairness, they're stuck outside the base with automated {{Sentry Gun}}s firing at them. It's not until they blow a hole in the roof and come down in strength that the tables are turned.
* CoolCar: Aki's Toyota 2000GT, widely regarded as Japan's first supercar. It wasn't supposed to be a convertible, but it got converted into one due to Sean Connery's height.
* CoolPlane: "Little Nellie"; actually a gyrocopter
* DeathTrap: Brandt tries to kill Bond by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnHxmEmpJaQ holding him inside a crashing plane as she parachutes out the window.]] ([[FridgeLogic don't ask how such a huge plank appears to trap Bond]])
* DeathBySex: Poor Aki.
* DiedStandingUp: Henderson dies from a dagger to the back as he stands next to a paper wall [[KilledMidSentence in mid-sentence]].
* DiesWideOpen: Aki, who is killed by a SPECTRE assassin who was trying to kill Bond.
* DoubleTake: Osato when he sees Bond in the SPECTRE control room.
* TheDragon: Hans
* DressingAsTheEnemy:
** The escaped astronauts/cosmonauts dress in white SPECTRE security uniforms.
** Earlier Bond uses a smog mask used by Henderson's assassin to pretend to be him, as well as doubling over to hide his height, pretending to be injured.
* DrugsAreBad
** A surprisingly early allegory on cigarettes.
-->'''Blofeld''': It won't be the nicotine that kills you, Mr. Bond.
** Inverted with the rocket bullet cigarettes.
-->'''Tanaka:''' "These cigarettes may save your life."
* DuelingScar: This version of Blofeld has one.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The SPECTRE launch facility. Entirely apart from all the side tunnels, the main set is ''staggeringly'' huge.
* EpicTrackingShot: Bond fights his way across the bad guys' port, filmed by a helicopter very high above the action so it looks like a bunch of ants fighting. Combined with the jazzy instrumental of the theme song playing, it is ''awesome''.
* ExplosiveCigar: Tanaka's rocket cigarettes.
* FakingTheDead: Bond in the beginning, complete with through-and-through bullet holes and fake blood.
* FalseFlagOperation: SPECTRE does this to the U.S. and U.S.S.R. to make each think that the other is stealing its space capsules.
* {{Fanservice}}: Should go without saying in a Bond movie. Examples include Bond main girl, Kissy Suzuki, wearing a white bikini while hiking up the Big Bad's lair. Eventually she puts on a sort of small bathrobe-kimono only to get rid of it later. For pretty much the last quarter of the film she's in a bikini. Also Tanaka's bath servants. Later on when Bond takes a Japanese identity the female makeup artists apply the Japanese makeup to Bond in an operating theater wearing bikinis!
* FastRoping: This is how Tiger Tanaka's ninjas descend into Blofeld's volcano base, but with a special roller apparatus to allow them to descend as fast as safely possible.
* FieryRedhead: Helga Brandt (which makes her actress - [[DyeingForYourArt who is a brunette]] - saying the producers were looking for a blue-eyed blonde kind of weird...).
* FiveBadBand:
** TheBigBad: Blofeld.
** TheDragon: Hans.
** TheBrute: Osato's Driver.
** TheEvilGenius: Osato.
** TheDarkChick: Helga Brandt.
* ForkliftFu: One of the {{Mooks}} try run Bond over with a forklift at the Kobe docks.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When the rocket control room is under siege, Bond poses the question "Impregnable?" to Blofold. Meanwhile, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0FcOPb-9rE his cat is completely freaked out and trying to escape.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: After Bond arrives at his home with his "wife" Kissy, they have dinner in which Kissy informs him that they're sleeping in separate rooms. Bond protests "But we're supposed to be married. We're on our honeymoon!", but Kissy replies "Not honeymoon. This is business." Bond answers "Then I won't be needing these...", as he pushes his plate away. What they're having for dinner are oysters, which are a known aphrodisiac.
* GiantMook: Hans and the Japanese driver who unknowingly picks Bond and takes him to Osato Industries.
* HandSignals: Tiger Tanaka twice uses arm signals with his ninja army.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: After taking out a henchman during the fight in Osato's office, Bond breaks into a cupboard and takes a drink. Unfortunately for him, the only thing available is Siamese Vodka.
* IKEAWeaponry: "Little Nellie" is always packed up in kit-form until needed.
* InNameOnly: The movie has extremely little in common with the novel by Ian Fleming - though the novel (which was about Bond taking a contract on Blofeld and shutting down his garden full of ways for visitors to commit suicide in exchange for the take from one of Tanaka's intelligence sources) was considered completely unfilmable. The producers allowed Roald Dahl to create a new plot, given he [[StrictlyFormula followed the formula]] by not derailing Bond's character and having him romance three women, so the writer added a space program story similar to ''Film/DrNo''.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: This exchange sums the whole movie up:
-->'''Bond''': Do you have any commandos here?
-->'''Tanaka''': I have much, much better. Ninjas.
* IslandBase: Blofeld's ElaborateUndergroundBase is under an extinct volcano on the Japanese island of Matsu.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: While the {{Ninja}} squad that rescues Bond near the end do use some more modern equipment, there are still plenty of shots of them using shuriken and ninja blades successfully against the SMG armed minions.
* [[BlackLikeMe Japanese Like Me]]: Bond's disguise as a Japanese fisherman.
* KidnappedByAnAlly: For some reason, Tanaka decides not to just send Bond a polite note.
* KilledMidSentence: [=MI6=] agent Henderson is backstabbed (literally) by a SPECTRE assassin while talking to Bond.
* LastRequest: Bond asks for a [[ExplosiveCigar last cigarette]] which he uses to kill the mook closest to the controls opening the sliding roof.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The British Hong Kong policeman who discovers Bond "dead" in the opening sequence, almost looking straight to the audience.
-->'''Policeman:''' Well, at least he died on the job. He'd have wanted it this way.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The rocket that SPECTRE uses is accompanied by a dramatic fanfare.
* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Bond of all people mutters, "The things I do for England," while unzipping Helga's dress.
* LockAndLoadMontage: The scene where "Little Nellie" gets assembled.
* MomentKiller:
** A SPECTRE helicopter passing overhead interrupts Bond and Kissy Suzuki's romantic interlude on the island.
** And of course what becomes a RunningGag of Bond's superiors interrupting (either before, during or after) sex with the Bond girl at the end of the movie.
* MuggedForDisguise: How Bond, the U.S. astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts got their SPECTRE uniforms.
%%* MurphysBed
* NeckSnap: Bond uses it to kill the assassin who killed Henderson.
* NothingCanStopUsNow: Blofeld says "Interception will take place in eight minutes. Nothing can prevent that."
* OhCrap: Osato acts that way after he sees Blofeld's killing of his female underling after she failed him. Before he was calmly walking away, but after Blofeld's deed, after which the BigBad roars, "Kill Bond, NOW!", Osato scampers up the stairs in fright at his truly crazy boss.
%%* OneLastSmoke
* TheOner: An extended helicopter tracking shot as Bond runs across a roof fighting SPECTRE minions.
* OutWithABang: With the usual DoubleEntendre when Bond is found 'dead' in bed thanks to a Chinese FemmeFatale.
-->"[[HesDeadJim We're too late]]."
-->"Well at least he died on the job."
-->"He'd have wanted it this way."
* OvertRendezvous: Bond meets with his Japanese Secret Service contact at a sumo match.
* PaperThinDisguise: "Japanese Bond". It's a nod to the novel, where Bond really manages to look Japanese...somehow. He even fools Blofeld for a while after being captured.
* PiranhaProblem: Blofeld kept a piranha pond in his underground lair - handy for getting rid of failed employees.
* PlayingBothSides: SPECTRE is stealing American and Soviet spacecrafts to provoke a war.
* RailingKill: Happens a lot during the big battle at the end.
* RareGuns: Tiger Tanaka's army utilizes Gyrojet pistols and rifles, in what is one of the few times the Gyrojet is seen used on film. They also used them in the book. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]; at the time the film was made, Gyrojets were still available for sale and weren't the absurdly rare weapons they are today.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: Tiger Tanaka, the {{Bond Girl}}s Aki and Kissy Suzuki, and Soviet ground controllers and cosmonauts.
* RecycledInSpace: Inverted. This is the ''original'' attempt to trigger Nuclear War between Russia and the US, but it has since spawned many imitators; the plot would be recycled in the series itself for the 10th Bond film, ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', but its ''this'' one that is actually based in space.
* RedChina: Heavily implied that they are the ones who hired Blofeld to do all this.
* RetCon: Bond tells Henderson that he has never been to Japan. In ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', he was about to go on about some NoodleIncident involving him and M in Tokyo.
* RevealingCoverup: SPECTRE, repeatedly.
* RightHandCat: This is probably the trope maker, though Blofeld's cat had been featured before.
* {{Safecracking}}: Bond breaks into a safe at the Osato Chemical Company with a nifty spy gadget.
* SceneryPorn: Spectacular aerial footage of Japan.
* SelfDestructMechanism: Two of them, one in the SPECTRE space ship and one in the SPECTRE base.
* SentryGun: The crater guns Blofeld used against Tanaka's ninja army.
* SharkPool: Instead of sharks, there are piranha.
* SicEm: Osato tells Number 11 "Kill him!'' and Blofeld says "Kill Bond! Now!"
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Creator/DonaldPleasance's Blofeld has less than 30 minutes of screentime, but is easily the most memorable Bond villain of all.
* TheSpeechless: Blofeld's bodyguard Hans never utters a word.
* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: A SPECTRE helicopter does this to Kissy Suzuki.
* StockFootage: The American and Soviet space launches - although the latter is clearly using a clip of an American Gemini launch, as footage of a Soviet launch was probably unavailable.
* StormingTheCastle: the {{ninja}} attack on the volcanic hideout.
* SupervillainLair
** A hollowed out volcano that is also used as a rocket launch base. It's one of the most famous and recognizable lairs in any fiction. It probably inspired a lot of later such lairs.
** It's certainly lovingly parodied in the second AustinPowers movie, with entire sets recreated very closely.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: Two scenes (in Aki's car and Blofeld's lair) have filmed footage that just evokes FridgeLogic.
* TapOnTheHead: A {{mook}} to Bond at the Kobe docks and Bond/astronauts to SPECTRE guards.
* ThrowAwayGuns: Kissy shoots a mook who's about to kill Tanaka, then throws away her revolver and doesn't pick up another weapon (despite a major firefight all around her) [[FauxActionGirl spending the rest of the time clinging to Tanaka]].
* TitleDrop: Given that the film starts with 007 faking his death, Blofeld says "You only live twice, Mr. Bond."
* TokyoTower: can be seen in a background shot when the helicopter picks up the car full of EvilMinions.
* TrapDoor: Blofeld has a bridge that collapses on command, dropping whatever is on it into the piranha-infested water. Also when Japanese Secret Service chief Tiger Tanaka uses one of these (plus a slide) on Bond.
* {{Trust Password}}/{{Embarrassing Password}}: Bond's password with the Japanese Secret Service is "I love you".
* TwentyOneGunSalute: During the BurialAtSea of James Bond at the beginning of the movie, several sailors fire rifles as a salute.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: It seems that, in a time when the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. had a monopoly on space flight, the people of Japan thought nothing of a rocket launch from one of their islands.
* WarForFunAndProfit: Blofeld is being paid to start WorldWarThree between the U.S. and U.S.S.R., apparently by agents of RedChina.
* WeddingsInJapan: A fake one, but traditional nonetheless.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Say, did those American and Soviet astronauts ever made it back home?
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: After the Americans move their launch up to midnight, Bond has to move quickly find the SPECTRE base and stop their plot.
%%* YouHaveFailedMe
* YouLookFamiliar: Burt Kwouk makes his second appearance in an EON Bond movie as a Japanese SPECTRE operative (he was in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' as Mr. Ling) and Charles Gray would later play Blofeld in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''.

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