Thunderball / You Only Live Twice
The good news: it's a double feature! The bad news: we're dealing with the most boring and the most racist Bond movies ever made.
CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of rape; racism and racial insensitivity; misogyny. You may want to skip this episode if any of the above is a problem.
Hello, again, and welcome to Macintosh & Maud Haven't Seen What?!
This week, we were excited about this Bond series and decided to give you two movies for the price of one! Unfortunately, those two movies happen to be pretty awful. It's hard to tell which is worse though: the one that nearly bored us to sleep or the one that's incredibly racist. Decide for yourself this week as we discuss 1965's Thunderball and 1967's You Only Live Twice!
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Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.
Excerpts from You Only Live Twice are copyright 1967, United Artists Corporation and Danjaq, LLC. You can purchase the film on all streaming platforms, and it is streaming for Amazon Prime customers through June 1, 2018.
Excerpt taken from "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" written and composed by Leslie Bricusse and John Barry, and performed by Dionne Warwick. Song available as part of "The Best of James Bond: 30th Anniversary Edition" compilation; CD currently only available through Amazon. ℗ 1992 EMI Records USA, a division of EMI Records Group North America. Tltle sequence with the song can be seen on YouTube.
Excerpt taken from "Thunderball" written and performed by Johnny freakin' Cash. Song available on Cash's 2011 compilation "Bootleg, Vol II: From Memphis to Hollywood," available on Amazon and iTunes. (P) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment. TItle sequence with the song can be found on YouTube - it's amazing and bizarre and we love it.
Excerpt taken from "Thunderball" written and composed by John Barry and Don Black, and performed by the legendary Tom Jones. Song available as part of the "Best of Bond...James Bond (Deluxe Edition)" compilation at Amazon or iTunes. ℗ 2012 Capitol Records LLC.
Excerpt taken from "You Only Live Twice (Main Title)" written and composed by John Barry and Leslie Bricusse, and performed by Nancy Sinatra. Song available as part of the "Best of Bond...James Bond (Deluxe Edition)" compilation at Amazon or iTunes. ℗ 2012 Capitol Records LLC.
Excerpt taken from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Main Theme)" written and composed by John Barry, and performed by the John Barry Orchestra. Song available as part of the "Best of Bond...James Bond (Deluxe Edition)" compilation at Amazon or iTunes. ℗ 2012 Capitol Records LLC.