The New Otani Hotel as seen on a Maction Planet Tokyo Tour

Tokyo ON #015: You Only Live Twice 50th Anniversary Special

The name is ON. Tokyo ON.

Self-confessed 007 fan and Maction Planet Resident DJ Royce Leong brings you a tribute to You Only Live Twice, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this week and is the only Bond film to be set in Japan.

We take you back to 1967, discussing the movie and production as well as the culture and music of the time.

For those wondering why our featured image is a snap of The New Otani Hotel… the building was used in the movie as the Headquarters of Osato Chemical, the Japanese front for SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s shadow organisation. The main building of the New Otani, built in 1964 for the Tokyo Olympics, has three wings with a round, revolving restaurant on top and a 400-year old Japanese Garden. It was the tallest building in Tokyo from 1964 until 1968. All of these factors made it the perfect Bond villain headquarters!

Listen here – After all, you only live twice…and twice is the only way to live!

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