Parents' Guide to

You Only Live Twice

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sluggish Bond entry has cartoonish violence, stereotyping.

Movie PG 1967 117 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Probably the greatest James Bond movie of all time!

This movie was fantastic. I love it. In most of the Connery movies, it's quite suggestive with plenty of innuendo and dicey stuff. This one especially. But, see it this way. It's a chance to talk to your child and walk them through what's happening and why James Bond isn't THE BEST role model ever. All in all, I think this movie is great for kiddos 11 and up. Common sense exaggerates alllllll the time.
age 15+

Entertaining, but just as suggestive as Connery's Bond movies have been

I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. I liked the main story, the action was intense, and it is great to see Connery in the lead role again, even though there are more than a few plot conveniences. The violence and sexual content would most likely earn a PG-13 for the film today. There are explosions, shootings, one particularly intense combat scene, and at least one stabbing (all non-graphic). Bond encounters four women in the film, and he is seen kissing them, and there is some partial nudity when he is with them and during a bath scene. There is brief smoking. Another thing to keep in mind is that most if not all of the Asian characters are stereotypes in the film. I wouldn't say that they were overdone in that regard, but it is something to take note of. Still, I'd probably watch this movie again. 8.0/10

Is It Any Good?

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This was the fifth official James Bond film, and despite a screenplay by the dark, playful author Roald Dahl and a hip theme song by Nancy Sinatra, it shows the series growing a bit sluggish. It's a bit culturally clueless -- Bond undergoes an operation to make him look Japanese -- and it has some odd choices, such as Blofeld not appearing until the final reel.

Though it's notable for casting the first Asian Bond girls, both Akiko Wakabayashi and Mie Hama are underused, mostly seen trailing after the hero. And the movie wastes time on diversions like a dogfight in a funny little one-man helicopter. However, as the most beloved of all actors to play Bond, Sean Connery himself brings a great deal of charisma and class to the movie, and it eventually balances out as a fine minor entry in the series.

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