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Headscratchers: You Only Live Twice
  • Blofeld just might be insane enough to destroy the world and no one would call him on it. You'd think Red China would have figured out that World War 3 would leave nothing left of the Earth to rule.
    • Not so strange if you recall that many people, including some in Ronald Reagan's administration, believed people could survive WWIII. Much Gallows Humor could be found in those days listening to these guys sincerely saying how if you just start walking away from a city for a few hours you would be safe from the nuclear blast.
    • Mao famously argued with his Soviet (at the time) allies in favor of launching WW 3, stating that 90% of humanity would die, but the remaining 10% would be communists.
    • China has usually followed the line of reasoning that with such a vast population, it'd be impossible for another country to wipe them out. When an American negotiator, bluntly warned of this by his Chinese counterpart, took a demographic map of China and explained how a few dozen nukes could erase virtually every trace of strategic assets or infrastructure that China needs to remain functional as a nation, the Chinese delegation was floored by the reality check.
  • Who was filming the helicopter snagging the bad guys' car for Aki's car's monitor to play - or the SPECTRE spaceship swallowing up the capsule for that matter?
    • Precisely. Go check the imdb page,they're right there in the Goofs section. Goofs that would achieve Epic Fail proportions. This troper believes that would've been perfectly fine to have the POV of the SPECTRE Rocket's camera, and make the screen go static once Bond succeeds in destroying it.
  • Okay, they fake Bond's death, openly bury him at sea, and put his obit on the front page of the newspaper. Why do they then allow Bond to walk around Tokyo, undisguised and answering to his own name? Did everyone miss the story of his murder only a couple of days earlier?
    • I have to say this film confirms the multiple Bonds theory for me
    • For that matter, why were Osato and Number 11 surprised when Blofeld revealed Bond was alive? Wouldn't they have recognized him the moment he walked into the office? And why did it take an X-ray of Bond's gun (previously established as standard issue for MI-6 and the CIA) to confirm his identity to Blofeld?
  • Tanaka's people are portrayed as being so efficient, what do they need Bond for? Especially when it comes to infiltrating Blofeld's island disguised as a Japanese fisherman.
  • Bond claims he's never been to Japan before, yet in From Russia With Love, Bond mentions some escapade that he got into with M (That M found highly embarrassing) in Tokyo. How does this work?
    • The movies are filmed out of sequence compared to the books. They were making it up as they went along.
  • Can I ask how a 6 foot 2, CLEARLY Scottish former bodybuilder (who admittedly spoke Japanese fluently but not with the accent) could pass himself off as a poor Japanese fisherman? it always seemed to me like a pretty far fetched idea.
    • Reality Is Unrealistic There are indeed Japanese men in real life who are over six foot and have large muscles. The accent is a problem but he was only meant to be in this guise for a relatively short time, could avoid most problems by speaking as little as possible to as few people as possible and could easily claim to any normal passer-by that he has Scottish relatives.
    • In that decade, being of mixed Japanese and Western ancestry would be an entirely believable explanation to any Japanese as to why the guy in question is stuck doing a menial job in the ass end of nowhere. As to how a Japanese person ends up half-Caucasian, consider that if its the 70s that means the country was under American military occupation 30 years ago.
    • Bond is in his late 30's to early 40's putting his birth date to before the occupation and the war (late 1920's to early 1930's), unless he's playing someone younger than 24 (the movie was released in the late 60's)the Scottish ancestry explanation holds less water (though it is an excellent one), unless of course he is lying about his age and hoping no one notices.
  • Is there any conceivable, rational (i.e., non-Rule of Cool-related) reason why SPECTRE had to have its rocket "eat" the US/Soviet capsules? Since the sole aim of their space operations appears to have been disrupting those of the superpowers, simply destroying "Jupiter 16" and the unnamed Soviet craft should have been far easier and cheaper.
    • Any explosion powerful enough to leave no single chunks of wreckage visible to radar at that distance would be powerful enough that it would be easily visible. So, even the sensors of the time can tell the difference between "mysteriously disappeared" and "just exploded", either from spotting the blast directly or noting that wreckage consistent with an onboard explosion has been left behind. But the scenario of 'both sides lose a spacecraft, both sides blame the other one for their missing spacecraft, so World War III' doesn't work unless both sides can tell themselves "we're the only ones who really lost a ship; the other side's claim of losing one too is clearly just a weak-ass alibi". Just blowing the spacecraft in place thus ruins this plan, because both sides can publicly see the other side's claim of losing a spacecraft is actually true, and at this point both the US and Russia realize its a third party trying to play them both against each other and SPECTRE's life expectancy drops accordingly. So, the plan actually does require both spacecraft to not just be destroyed but to disappear entirely without evidence.
    • As to how the scenario can work when both sides can detect a spacelaunch but then the capsule disappears in mid-orbit, well, clearly that launch was just an unmanned missile carrying a radar decoy that then switched off, and the other side was just pulling a Capricorn One on you. It's a movie about Cold War nuclear paranoia, both sides will actually think like this.
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