Characters: You Only Live Twice

Characters specific to You Only Live Twice. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.


Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Played by: Donald Pleasence

You Only Live Twice is both the start of Blofeld as a central villain in the movies and the end of his role in the books.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Sean Connery's Bond, definitely.
  • Bad Boss: Blofeld has a pool filled with pirahnas in his office, complete with a bridge that underlings are forced to cross when they entered and exited.
  • Bald of Evil: Possibly the Trope Codifier.
  • Big Bad: After being the Bigger Bad of all the previous movies except Goldfinger, Blofeld becomes the main antagonist in this film.
  • Blofeld Ploy: Does this twice, no wonder why it was named after him. First he uses it to kill Helga instead of Osato, and then later he hilariously (in a gallows humour kind-of-way) points a gun at Bond, and when it looks like he's going to shoot him, he shoots Osato first, for failing so much, only to attempt to kill Bond again mere seconds later in another location where before he can shoot Bond he's conveniently subdued by one of Tiger's shurikens.
  • The Chessmaster: His Evil Plan inlvoves pitting the United States and the USSR against each other by making each think that the other is stealing its spacecrafts to ignite a global nuclear war.
  • Death Trap: His pirahna pool as a mean of executing troublesome / incompetent minions.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Blofeld became the textbook example of this in fiction; sitting in a chair with one hand idly tapping a Trap Door button and the other stroking his pet cat while at the top of SPECTRE, his criminal resources rival those of a developed nation.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The vertical scar over his right eye.
  • Karma Houdini: In the first time in the series that this happens, Blofeld escapes after activating his base's Self-Destruct Mechanism.
  • Lack of Empathy: A complete megalomaniac.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: SPECTRE, of which he's the head.
  • Obviously Evil: Just in case that the description in Diabolical Mastermind didn't make it clear.
  • Psycho for Hire: SPECTRE is hiring out its services to the Chinese.
  • Red Right Hand: A disfigured eye and scar. His baldness has also become synonymous with the character in a manner similar to Lex Luthor.
  • Right-Hand Cat: He and his ever-present fluffy white cat provide the page image, and is probably the Trope Codifier, being responsible for most, if not all, of the parodies and references of it in media. A Funny Background Event shows that while the base is being attacked in the climax, the cat is dead scared and trying to escape Blofeld's grasp!
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Blofeld is the mastermind in this movie but he's still behind a number of minions.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Save for a scene in which he roars at Osato, "Kill Bond! Now!", he's calm and polite.
  • The Spook: The film version. (The book version gets a very detailed backstory.)
  • Terrorist Without A Cause/Western Terrorists: The Chinese are paying him to start World War III.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Mostly profit; he was paid to try and start World War III. He even extorted money out of his client in the middle of his plan.


"Tiger" Tanaka

Played by: Tetsurō Tamba (丹波 哲郎)

The head of the Japanese secret service.


Aki

Played by: Akiko Wakabayashi (若林 映子)

An agent of the Japanese secret service. She is Bond's first contact in Japan and assists him.


Kissy Suzuki

Played by: Mie Hama (浜美枝)

One of the agents working for Tanaka, she is assigned to partner Bond after the death of Aki. She "marries" Bond in a mock wedding ceremony as James goes undercover, posing as a Japanese fisherman. Bond and Kissy eventually find Blofeld's secret base and Kissy is sent to alert Tanaka. While swimming to her destination, she is pursued and fired upon by a SPECTRE helicopter, but her experience as a Ama diver note  enables her to dive underwater and stay there long enough to convince her pursuers that she drowned.

  • Action Girl: She joins Tanaka and his ninjas raiding the SPECTRE volcano. All while still wearing her cute bikini.
  • All There in the Script: Kissy's name isn't mentioned once in the movie.
  • Badass Adorable: On the "badass" part, see Action Girl. On the "adorable", just look at the picture.
  • Girl of the Week: The main Bond Girl of this film.
  • Hollywood Homely: Invoked. Tanaka claims this is the case, though it may just be to tease Bond.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Spending the entire climax in a bikini certainly counts her as one.
  • Stripperiffic: The plot sure manages to leave her in that bikini in the climax.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: After she and Bond set out to investigate SPECTRE's volcano lair, every scene of Kissy for the rest of the movie is a Walking Swimsuit Scene for her.
  • When She Smiles: Kissy starts up emphatically insisting that her fake marriage to Bond was strictly business and would not be consummated for their "honeymoon," but this being a Bond movie, she eventually lights up a beautiful smile at him.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: In her first scene.


Mr. Osato

Played by: Teru Shimada (島田テル)

A Japanese industrialist secretly allied with SPECTRE.

  • Affably Evil: When Bond goes to Osato Chemicals to meet Mr. Osato himself, masquerading as a potential new buyer, Osato humours Bond, but after their meeting, he orders his secretary, Helga Brandt, to have him killed. Cue assassins opening fire at Bond outside the building.
  • Blofeld Ploy: Happens twice to him. The first time, it leads to Helga Brandt's execution, the second time, Blofeld aims his gun straight at Bond, before shooting Osato.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The president of Osato Chemicals and an ally of SPECTRE.
  • The Dragon: Of the "smart, detail-oriented administrator" type to Hans' "ferocious fighter" type, which makes Osato more of an...
  • Evil Genius: He and his company were delivering elements for rocket fuel to Blofeld and SPECTRE.
  • You Have Failed Me: As seen in Blofeld Ploy, Blofeld kills him for failing him so much after it looked like he was going to shoot Bond first.


Helga Brandt

Played by: Karin Dor

Osato's secretary and SPECTRE assassin, codename Number 11.

  • Almighty Janitor: She plays Osato's faithful secretary in the daylight, but not only is she a skilled assassin, she has a code number and Osato doesn't, which implies she's on the board and outranks him.
  • Dark Chick: She manages to convince Bond that she switched to his side through her feminine wiles, and it seems that Bond didn't realize the deception until she tried to kill him.
  • Death by Sex: Since she had sex with Bond rather than killing him immediately, she gets executed by Blofeld for her failure.
  • Evil All Along: Bond thinks that he has managed to convince Brandt to free him and she flies Bond to Tokyo, but, en route, she sets off a flare in the plane and bails out, intending to kill him in the plane crash. Bond manages to land the crashing plane and escapes.
  • Evil Redhead: A member of SPECTRE with red hair. Weirdly enough, her actress said the producers were looking for a blue-eyed blonde.
  • Expy: Of Fiona Volpe from Thunderball.
  • Fed to the Beast: Her punishment for not killing Bond is being fed to Blofeld's piranhas.
  • High Heel-Face Turn: Subverted. She sleeps with Bond, but doesn't join him. She still gets executed for not eliminating Bond.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In her first scene, she wears a form-fitting blouse to Sweater Girl-levels.
  • Sexy Secretary: She poses as Osato's secretary.
  • Torture Technician: Implied when she threatens Bond with surgical knives.
  • The Vamp: She seduces Bond and makes him believe that she jumped to his side in an attempt to kill him.
  • You Have Failed Me: See Death by Sex.


Hans

Played by: Ronald Rich

Blofeld's personal bodyguard.


The Driver

Played by: Peter Fanene Maivia

A henchman working for Osato. Bond kills him after a brief but tough fight.


Dikko Henderson

Played by: Charles Gray

A veteran British field-agent in Japan, he had lived there for 28 years. Bond is taken to his estate (which is an odd hybrid of old English comfort and Japanese style) for information about Tanaka, but Henderson is killed before saying anything further.


Ling

Played by: Tsai Ching (周采芹)

A Chinese woman seen in the pre-credit sequence. After being in bed with Bond, she presses a button on the wall flipping the bed into an upright position with Bond still on it. She then lets in a couple of gunmen who shoot at Bond. The killing, however, is staged.