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Release Date: March 13th, 1995

DVD Release Date: October 17th, 2000

PG|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
During the Cold War, American and Russian spacecrafts go missing, leaving each superpower believing the other is to blame. As the world teeters on the brink of nuclear war, British intelligence learns that one of the crafts has landed in the Sea of Japan. After faking his own death, secret agent James Bond (Sean Connery) is sent to investigate. In Japan, he's aided by Tiger Tanaka (Tetsuro Tamba) and the beautiful Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi), who help him uncover a sinister global conspiracy.

Cast: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Donald Pleasence, Tetsurô Tanba, Mie Hama, Karin Dor, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Genres: Action

Production Co: Danjaq Productions

Distributors: United Artists

Keywords: Pursuit, England, Murder, Mystery, Cool, Intense, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Unfortunately, this is also among the weakest of the early Bond films, although Connery is in peak form. show more

  • Connery labors mightily. There is still the same Bond grin, still the cool humor under fire, still the slight element of satire. But when he puts on his cute little helmet and is strapped into his helicopter, somehow the whole illusion falls apart and what we're left with is a million-dollar playpen in which everything works but nothing does anything. show more

  • From the Eastern flavor of the opening theme, hauntingly sung by Nancy Sinatra, to the Japanese setting, the fifth film is the Bond series just gets better and cooler with age. The tasty script by Roald Dahl junks most of the Fleming novel, spinning its own witty Cold War fantasy. show more

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Awards

Nominated British Art Direction: Colour
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1967)