|Above, an autographed photo from Akiko Wakabayashi|
I received after interviewing her for G-FAN in 2007.
It has been 50 years since Sean Connery joined Mie Hama and Akiko Wakabayashi in Japan for Eon Productions' You Only Live Twice (1967).
There is now a new book for fans to celebrate the movie called On The Tracks of 007: Guide To Japan by Martijn Mulder.
According to Benzinga.com:
Travel like 007 from Tokyo to Kagoshima, revisiting all the filming locations used in You Only Live Twice. From Osato Chemicals HQ to Tiger Tanaka's countryside house, from Blofeld's volcano base to the remote shrine where Bond married Kissy. It's an action packed adventure for movie buffs, Bond fans and film location hunters. Includes a bonus trip to Hashima (Gunkanjima or Battleship Island) in Nagasaki Bay, which served as the model for Silva's hideout in Skyfall (2012).
|Above, Akiko Wakabayashi and Sean Connery|
at the sumo arena in You Only Live Twice.
The Hotel New Otani Tokyo served as the headquarters of Osato Chemicals in You Only Live Twice. It still stands today, I visited it in 2006.
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