I’m continuing my video series on examining the James Bond films in historical context. This video tackles You Only Live Twice, the glitzy and highly improbable 1967 film that cranked the series’ formula up as high as it would go–only later to realize it was hard to figure out where to go from there.

Here are the previous videos in the series: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965).

Here is the original trailer for You Only Live Twice.

The screenshot from You Only Live Twice is copyright (C) 1967 by Eon Productions. I believe my inclusion of it here, and images in the video from the movie, are permissible under fair use.