You Only Live Twice (film, 1967)

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You Only Live Twice
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Produced by Albert R. Broccoli
Harry Saltzman
Written by Ian Fleming (original)
Roald Dahl
Starring Sean Connery
Donald Pleasence
Mie Hama
Bernard Lee
Desmond Llewelyn
Lois Maxwell
Music by John Barry
Cinematography Freddie Young
Editing by Peter R. Hunt
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) June 12, 1967
Running time 117 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Preceded by Thunderball
Followed by On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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You Only Live Twice (1967) is the fifth film of the James Bond film series and the fifth to star Sean Connery as the fictional British secret agent. It is a loose adaptation of Ian Fleming's twelfth James Bond novel. The film is significant for being the first Bond film in which the arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld was presented up-close and featured as the main villain. Blofeld had previously appeared in From Russia with Love and Thunderball; however, he appeared only briefly in those films and was shown only from behind. You Only Live Twice was the first of three of the franchise's movies which are known as "the Blofeld trilogy" due to Blofeld being the main villain in all three. The following two "Blofeld trilogy" Bond films were On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971).