A Lot or a Little?
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Bond is a force for good, working to save the world, but his methods -- fighting, killing -- and behavior -- drinking, womanizing, etc. -- are questionable. The movie is set in Japan and contains some minor stereotyping (mostly a product of the times). Women characters are mostly for show.
Positive Role Models
James Bond is a good guy, and highly trained and skilled, but he has his major drawbacks. He can kill without consequence; he actually has a license for it. And he's a fairly selfish pleasure-seeker, romancing and womanizing, drinking, and coveting the finest clothes, cars, and watches.
Violence & Scariness
The movie contains much fighting, explosions, shooting, stabbing, and killing, with a minimum of blood. It's all very cartoonish. A little blood is shown when Bond fakes his own death in the opening sequence. Characters die by falling into piranha-filled water. Ninjas are involved, complete with various martial arts weapons and fighting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity or graphic sex scenes are shown, but Bond is very clearly amorously involved with several women during the course of the movie. Mostly we just see kissing and hugging as characters fall into bed (or on the ground). Bond is shown in bed with a Chinese woman in Hong Kong (he asks her why Chinese women "taste different"). Later he kisses a redheaded assassin, gets a massage from a group of Japanese girls (one of them uses the phrase "sexiful"), sleeps with one of them, and then marries (!) another and sleeps with her.
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"Damn" is used once.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bond drinks quite often during the movie, mostly vodka, but also sake in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that You Only Live Twice is the fifth James Bond movie, and the fifth starring Sean Connery. It contains much cartoonish violence, with fighting, shooting, stabbing, and minor characters killed, with very little blood and no consequences. The main character is also a womanizer, kissing and or/sleeping with at least four women over the course of the movie, though no nudity or graphic sex is shown. Bond is also a drinker, consuming both vodka and sake in this movie. The only language is the word "damn." Younger movie buffs may be interested in catching up with the early movies in this series that continues today, and especially the ones with Sean Connery, whom many consider the best of all Bonds. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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