Sunday, October 21, 2012

The 10 Best Moments from You Only Live Twice (1967): Countdown to Skyfall— Nov. 9th!

Spoilers, of course. Although at times I've been purposefully oblique: if you're a fan, you'll get the references.

Here's my list of the top ten best moments from You Only Live Twice. I've tried to pick actual individual moments rather than sequences. What are your favorite moments?

10. When the nerve center of Blofeld's underground lair is damaged by explosives, Bond mocks Blofeld's earlier suggestion that it's "impregnable."

9. To ascertain his identity, Bond takes Henderson's cane from him and smacks his wooden leg with it.

8. Little Nellie is constructed and her "identity" revealed.

7. Bond pushes away his oysters when Kissy tells him they won't be sleeping in the same bed.

6. Aki (sadly) meets her end.

5. Bond uses a couch as a weapon against Osato's thug.

4. Tiger's classic line: "Good choice— she's very sexyful."


3. Bond seizes the opportunity to use the cigarette rocket gun.

2. Helga Brandt is shown the price of failure to SPECTRE.

1. We see Ernst Starvo Blofeld in the flesh, introducing himself and then reciting the titular line.

You Only Live Twice has many defenders but to me it's only just OK, with some repetition (Aki driving up and rescuing Bond) and unfortunately an unsatisfying conclusion with Blofeld taking center stage this time as the main villain and then escaping at the end.

For good measure, what I think is the worst moment from You Only Live Twice: Bond conveniently has not only a camouflage outfit but also the suction cup devices he needs to descend into Blofeld's secret lair before he even knows it's there!  (This coincidence-city situation happens earlier too: Bond has a safe-cracking device in his suit pocket just when he needs it in Osato's office!) You Only Happen to Have Exactly the Gadget You Need Twice

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