You Only Live Twice (1967) Tidbits

  • “The things I do for England” originally appeared in Thunderball, was cut out of the final release, but is still present in the original trailer. Later it was used in YOLT.
  • Aki’s convertable Toyota was Japan’s first convertable car.
  • The only reason Kissy’s name is known is because it is in the novel. Her name is never mentioned in the movie except during the ending credits.
  • Little Nellie was an actual helicopter that could fly up to 130 mph
  • The men in Blofeld’s base who flew through the air after being hit by a grenade were actually propelled by trampolines.
  • Blofeld’s base was a fully working set with a monorail, elevators, heliport, and a full-sized rocket that rose 50 feet.
  • When Mie Hama came down with poor health for a few days, Sean Connery’s wife, Diane Cilento, doubled for her in a diving sequence.
  • When filming some of the “fisherman scenes”, the producers paid $100,000 to local fishermen to keep their boats onshore during the duration of filming.
  • Jan Werich had the job of Blofeld before becoming ill, forcing the assignment to Pleasance. This might attribute to his less-than-legendary acclaim for his portrayal.
  • While the helicopter battle scenes of You Only Live Twice were being filmed, one of the black “enemy” helicopters was forced into the camera copter by an updraft. The rotor blade of the black copter nearly severed cameraman Johnny Jordan’s leg. Doctors in Japan were able to save the leg for a while, but it was later removed. Jordan returned to the 007 series in OHMSS, equipped with an artificial leg.
  • You Only Live Twice was planned to be the last Bond film. It makes even more sense when you think: Bond “Marries”, Bond “Dies” we finally see Blofeld. Besides, Sean was getting really tired of typecasting due to his role as Bond.
  • First Bond film directed by Lewis Gilbert
  • The screenplay for You Only Live Twice was written by Roald Dahl, who penned Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Fleming, by the way, also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.