You Only Live Twice (1967)

35mm film, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by Lewis Gilbert.

Plot Summary

Someone is stealing American and Russian from orbit and the two superpowers are close to coming to blows over the issue. travels to Japan to investigate and, inside a massive base built inside a dormant volcano, he comes face to face with his old adversary – Ernst Stavro Blofeld, SPECTRE Number 1.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
© 1967 by Danjaq S.A.
United Artists [opening logo] Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli present an Eon production. Released thru United Artists
Produced by: Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli
Screenplay by: Roald Dahl
Novel: Ian Fleming [possessory credit before title]
Additional Story Material by: Harold Jack Bloom
Director of Photography: Freddie Young
Supervising Editor: Peter Hunt
Editor: Thelma Connell *
Music Composed, Conducted and Arranged by: John Barry
Title Song Lyrics by: Leslie Bricusse
Title Song Sung by: Nancy Sinatra
The “James Bond” theme written by Monty Norman
Sound Recordists: John Mitchell & Gordon McCallum
Wardrobe Mistress: Eileen Sullivan
Wardrobe Master: Brian Owen-Smith *
Make Up: Basil Newall & Paul Rabiger
Hairdresser: Eileen Warwick
Special Effects: John Stears
Production Designed by: Ken Adam
Locations: Japan; Hong Kong; the Bahamas; Gibraltar; Spain

Sean Connery (James Bond)
Akiko Wakabayashi (Aki)
Tetsuro Tamba (Tiger Tanaka)
Mie Hama (Kissy)
Teru Shimada (Mr Osato)
Karin Dor (Helga Brandt)
Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny)
Desmond Llewelyn (“Q”)
Charles Gray (Henderson)
Bernard Lee (“M”)
Donald Pleasance (Blofeld)
Tsai Chin (Chinese girl (Hong Kong))
Peter Fanene (car driver)
Burt Kwouk (Spectre 3)
Michael Chow (Spectre 4)
Ronald Rich (Blofeld's bodyguard)
Jeanne Roland (Bond's masseuse)
David Toguri (assassin (bedroom))
John Stone (submarine captain)
Norman Jones, Paul Carson (astronauts (1st American spacecraft))
Laurence Herder, Richard Graydon (astronauts (Russian spacecraft))
Bill Mitchell, George Roubicek (astronauts (2nd American spacecraft))

Alternative Titles

On ne vit que deux fois – French title
Man lebt nur Zweimal – German title
Agente 007 – Si vive solo due volte – Italian title
Solo se vive dos veces – Spanish title
Han lever bara tva ganger – Norwegian title
007 Dies Twice – translated Japanese title

Sequel to
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)
No Time to Die (2021)

Extracts included in
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day (2002)
The World of James Bond (1995)


Monthly Film Bulletin 1967 pp.122-123 – credits, synopsis, review
Motion Picture Herald 28 June 1967 – review
TV Times 14 – 20 January 1989 p.27 – credits, TV data

The A-Z of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films by Howard Maxford p.300 – credits, synopsis, review
The International Spy Guide 002 by Richard Rhys Davies p.1036 – illustrated credits, note
by Walt Lee p.555 – credits
Sean Connery by Robert Tanitch pp.75-79 – illustrated synopsis, review
Kiss Kiss Bang! Bang!: The Unofficial James Bond Film Companion by Alan Barnes and Marcus Hearn pp.70-81 – illustrated review, synopsis, credits
The Incredible World of 007 by Lee Pfeiffer pp.46-53, 146 – illustrated article, synopsis