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: "I...love 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?
  • What an Idiot: If Spectre hadn't sent an assassin to kill Henderson while he was talking to James Bond, Bond wouldn't have been able to find the clue that led him to the exact island where Blofeld had his base.

The novel: