Ditka McBouncington was caught and returned 57 yards for a touchdown on this play.
Thank you for this: “Incidentally, if you look closely, you’ll see that Blofeld’s cat is in the midst of a total freakout.”
The last time we watched this, we kept playing the cat freakout over and over, whilst giving voice to the cat and laughing through tears.
007 Sundays - You Only Live Twice (1967)
Before YOLO, there was You Only Live Twice—and twice it did live. Once as a novel about a broken Bond struggling to hold onto his job after mental collapse in the wake of tragedy, and once as an on-screen action romp about a suave super spy’s mission to stop nefarious rocket launches in Japan. I’m sure it’s obvious from my tone which version I prefer, but even though Roald Dahl’s screenplay (yes, that Roald Dahl) for You Only Live Twice is a major departure from Fleming’s original novel, I would be lying if I said the film didn’t still possess certain charms, namely its lovely Nancy Sinatra theme song, killer sets containing beautiful mid-century modern furniture, and most importantly, its iconic Bond franchise imagery, which is still recognised and parodied to this day.
In my last round of Bond movie ranking, I placed You Only Live Twice at #11, which is really quite respectable for a film I would best describe as ‘adequately enjoyable’.
Overall, my thoughts on the film are perfectly summed up in this article by Tom Zielinski:
Don’t misunderstand, You Only Live Twiceis indeed good entertainment. John Barry contributes another great s score, and the cinematography is memorable. But it’s also the first mediocre James Bond film. Though commercially successful it did not do nearly as well as its predecessor, and in many ways was the first of the silly films that plagued the series through the 1970’s.
In other words, the name is Bond, ‘Meh’ Bond.
Open the crater for more You Only Live Twice insights:
This is one of the first pictures I ever took of Shadow. Her kitty belly is shaved from being spayed at the shelter she came from. This was the first picture that came to mind for Bridget’s theme for today.
Maru - Quite Possibly the World’s Most Perfect Cat ®