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You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice French Lobby Card 2

You Only Live Twice

28th October 1966: Lois Maxwell (left), Sean Connery (centre), Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama and Karin Dor (second from right) on the massive Pinewood set of the new Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’, directed by Lewis Gilbert. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)

On 11 August 1964, while staying at the Guilford Hotel in Sandwich, Fleming walked to the Royal St George’s Golf Club for lunch and a committee meeting – he had recently been made Captain of the club – before returning to dine at the hotel with friends. It had been a tiring day for the 56 year old very heavy drinker and smoker and he collapsed with a heart attack shortly after the meal. He died in the early morning of 12 August — his son Caspar’s twelfth birthday – and his last recorded words were an apology to the ambulance drivers for the inconvenience he had caused, saying “I am sorry to trouble you chaps. I don’t know how you get along so fast with the traffic on the roads these days”.

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Ian Fleming, British author and creator of James Bond, smoking with a cigarette holder. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Guilford Hotel Sandwich postcard

Fleming’s ”You Only Live Twice had been published by Jonathan Cape the previous March and it was to be the last of the Bond novels published in Fleming’s lifetime. It cost sixteen shillings and there were 62,000 pre-orders for the novel, a 50% increase over Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Richard Chopping, who also designed The Spy Who Loved Me was responsible for the cover. On 17 July 1963, Michael Howard of Jonathan Cape had written to Chopping about the artwork, saying: “I have had a talk with Ian about the ideas for the ingredients of this design. He is very much in favour of the toad … but with a suitable array of oriental embellishments, ie toad plus Japanese flower arrangements, which he thinks should be sitting in a suitable piece of Japanese pottery, perhaps ornamented with a dragon motif. If you could manage a pink dragonfly sitting on the flowers, and perhaps just one epicanthic eye peering through them he thinks that will be just splendid!”

You Only Live Twice published by Jonathan Cape in March 1964.

You Only Live Twice published by Jonathan Cape in March 1964.

The film of “You Only Live Twice” was the fifth film of the James Bond series and released in 1967. The screenplay had been written by Roald Dahl – a friend of Fleming’s but would later say that it was “Ian Fleming’s worst book, with no plot in it”. Dahl only loosely based his script on Fleming’s novel and created a basic plot not dissimilar to the first Bond film Dr No. It was the first Bond film to be directed by Lewis Gilbert who would later go on to direct The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

 

 

Bond Set

28th October 1966/ The massive purpose-built set of the new Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’ at Pinewood Studios. (Photo by Larry Ellis)

 

You Only Live Twice Nancy Sinatra

 

Bond and girl lobby card

US lobby Card

 

You Only Live Twice

1967: Film star Sean Connery with his first wife Diane Cilento at the film premiere of the James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’, in which he starred. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

You Only Live Twice

Mie Hama and Akiko Wakabayashi, wearing kimono as they arrive in the UK to star in the James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’, London Airport, June 16th 1966

 

You Only Live Twice

James Bond You Only Live Twice Pan books 1966 3rd reprint

 

You Only Live Twice

Akiko Wakabayashi

 

You Only Live Twice

Publicity still for You Only Live Twice – Karin Dor, Donald Pleasence and Akiko Wakabayashi

 

Karin Dor publicity still for You Only Live Twice

Karin Dor publicity still for You Only Live Twice

 

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Karin Dor

 

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German You Only Live Twice lobby card

 

You Only Live Twice

Comic strip of You Only Live Twice from the Daily Express and drawn by John McLusky – 1965

 

You Only Live Twice US Lobby Card 5

You Only Live Twice French Lobby Card

 

You Only Live Twice US Lobby Card 4

You Only Live Twice US Lobby Card – Donald Pleasence

 

You Only Live Twice pinewood set

28th October 1966/ Co-producers Harry Saltzman (1915 – 1994, left) and Albert Broccoli (1909 – 1996) on the massive purpose-built Pinewood set of ‘You Only Live Twice’ (Photo by Larry Ellis)

 

You Only Live Twice US Lobby Card 2

You Only Live Twice US Lobby Card

 

You Only Live Twice US Lobby Card

You Only Live Twice US Lobby Card

 

You Only Live Twice poster

You Only Live Twice poster

 

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You Only Live Twice Nancy Sinatra black hat

 

You Only Live Twice lobby card with villain

 

You Only Live Twice French Lobby Card 7

 

You Only Live Twice French Lobby Card 6

 

You Only Live Twice French Lobby Card 5

 

You Only Live Twice French Lobby Card 4

 

You Only Live Twice French Lobby Card 3

 

You Only Live Twice French Lobby Card 1

 

You Only Live Twice Bond bathing with lovelies poster

 

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Tina Sings Top Hits You Only Live Twice

 

Solo Se Vive Dos Veces La Nueva Generacion

 

Sean Connery is James Bond You Only Live Twice poster

 

Sean Connery and Desmond Llewellyn You Only Live Twice

Santo and Johnny Si Vive Solo Due Volte

 

Popular Science James Bond's Amazing Autogiro June 1967

 

Panorama Sound Orchestra You Only Live Twice German

 

Nancy Sinatra You Only Live Twice Royal

 

Nancy Sinatra You Only Live Twice Reprise red cover

 

Nancy Sinatra You Only Live Twice Reprise orange dress

 

Nancy Sinatra y Lee Hazlewood Solo se Vive dos Veces

 

NANCY SINATRA SPAIN ORIG EP : PS on REPRISE

 

Nancy Sinatra Si Vive Solo Due Volte swirly writing

 

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood Music Hall 30.906 : 1967 : Argentina

 

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Musique du Film On Ne Vit Que Deux Fois John Barry CBS

 

Mantovani and his Orchestra You Only Live Twice

 

Mantovani and his orchestra - Tema dal Film Si Vive Soli Due Volte (You Only Live Twice)

 

Lisa Pattis You Only Live Twice

 

Le Skate... Jackson Nancy Sinatra You Only Live Twice Reprise

 

John Barry You Only Live Twice original motion picture soundtrack

Japanese You Only Live Twice

 

Ian Fleming: You only live twice. Pan Books 1966 (2nd printing)

 

Gissy André Man Lebt Nur Zweimal German

 

Franck Pourcel You Only Live Twice EMI

 

Four Figures You Only Live Twice poster

 

FILM SCORE by MANTOVANI & HIS ORCHESTRA YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE : PUPPET ON A STRING

 

Double Bill poster Thunderball and You Only Live Twice poster

 

DIck Sanchez You Only Live Twice

 

Cheap looking Japanese You Only Live Twice

 

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Billy Strange Solo Se Vive Dos Veces

 

Autogiro lobby card You Only Live Twice

 

And Twice is the Only Way to Live poster

 

1967 ... You Only Live Twice Esquire

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    Personally, I like You Only Live Twice, much better than Thunderball. Better sets, better locations and some great fight scenes, especially the one between Bond and the big Japanese getaway driver, classic. I only think that the pacing suffered a bit toward the end of act 2. Bond disguised as a japanese fisherman? Umm, no.