James Bond 50: Big in Japan


As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.

The fifth film has Bond (Sean Connery) traveling to Japan where he not only prevents another world war but also fights with Blofeld once again. Ever the globetrotter, 007 obviously feels right at home in Japan; the clip above treats him to a pleasant experience in a bathhouse. The franchise quickly made numerous stops all over the world a key ingredient in every Bond film and the agent has enjoyed the perks thoroughly – especially the women. As he says in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), in Roger Moore’s guise: “When in Egypt, one must delve deeply into its treasures.” In You Only Live Twice, Bond becomes infatuated enough with Japan to stage a fake wedding, beautifully orchestrated by John Barry.

My 2006 review of You Only Live Twice.

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