Bond fakes his own death and goes undercover in
Japan to uncover the source of a mysterious rocket.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Written by Roald Dahl
Starring Sean Connery, Donald Pleasance, Akiko Wakabayashi,
Mie Hama, Tetsuro Tanba, Teru Shimada, Karin Dor,
Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell
Sequel to 1965's Thunderball
Based on the novel by Ian Fleming
You Only Live Twice is one of my favorite Bond films and is definitely one of Connery's best. We finally get to see Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the elusive Number One of SPECTRE and Bond's arch-nemesis, played to perfection by Donald Pleasance. The whole "Bond becoming Japanese" thing wasn't really necessary and kind of made the film drag a little, but the epic fight in Blofeld's lair and the incredible score by John Barry made this film a hit in my opinion.
A definite improvement over the last one and one of the better Bond films. The plot was very exciting and had me constantly on the edge of my seat. Seeing Blofeld in person was awesome, which was mainly helped by Donald Pleasance excellent performance. I did think that turning Bond into a Japanese man was incredibly unnecessary and not even noticeable. The end fight was incredibly awesome and epic. Another solid Bond film.