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YMMV: You Only Live Twice

The film:

  • Awesome Music: The title theme by Nancy Sinatra (known by the young ones through Robbie Williams' "Millennium").
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The title and its abbreviation, YOLT, became pretty amusing when the saying "You Only Live Once", abbreviated as "YOLO", became subject to Memetic Mutation in 2012, even spawning something of a Fandom Rivalry from Bond fans.
  • Ho Yay: Of a sort. Bond's password to meet his contact in Japan is "I love you", which leads to the following exchange:
    Bond: "If you're Tanaka, then how do you feel about me?"
    Tanaka: " you."
    Bond: "I'm glad we've got that out of the way."
  • One-Scene Wonder: After he reveals himself to Bond, Blofeld is only in a couple of scenes, yet he manages to be one of the most memorable villains in any Bond film.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: You Only Live Twice was the one of the first, if not the first, time a villain used a secret volcano lair. It's a concept that has been used (and parodied) so often that modern viewers might find it trite.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The majority of the budget was funelled into the admittedly impressive volcano set, meaning that the rocket model effects ended up being rather short-changed.
    • Bond goes undercover as a Japanese peasant. Sean Connery in pancake makeup is one of the series' more embarrassing moments.
  • Stock Footage Failure: The Russian space launch uses stock footage of an American Gemini launch, down to the palm trees in the foreground.
  • Values Dissonance: 'In Japan, men come first, women come second.' It's really hard to not sound like a dick repeating that line in the 21st century, isn't it?

The novel:

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