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Sunday, June 17, 2018

5 James Bond Japan Movie Locations

Above, Tokyo Tower was shown in You Only Live Twice, particularly when Tiger
Tanaka had a carload of baddies dropped into Tokyo bay. Photo by Armand Vaquer

Japan served as the primary central location in one James Bond movie. The movie was You Only Live Twice in 1967 starring Sean Connery.

Bond returned to Japan (although it wasn't specified) in Skyfall in 2012 at Gunkanjima (Battleship Island near Nagasaki.

Along with Gunkanjima, Gaijinpot.com has an article on four other James Bond Japan locations.

They start it with:
It’s been over 50 years now since the famous movie spy James Bond first visited Japan. Released on June 13, 1967, the film You Only Live Twice saw agent 007 adventuring in the capital and other parts of the country. Three years earlier, the Olympics had put Tokyo in the global spotlight. Now, the city is a mere two years away from hosting another Olympics. 
Next year also sees the release of the 25th installment in the Bond film series by Eon Productions. Anticipation for this latest movie has been further stoked by the recent announcement that it will be helmed by Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of movies like Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, The Beach and Trainspotting
If you live in Japan or plan on visiting (for the Olympics or any other time), these five locations will allow you to retrace some of James Bond’s globetrotting footsteps here. Since March 2018, Mount Shinmoedake — the volcano used for exterior shots of the villain Blofield’s secret rocket base in You Only Live Twice — has been logging major eruptions. With that in mind, it’s not the safest bet for travel at the moment — in fact, access to the mountain is currently restricted — but here are five cooler spots across the country that will allow you to get in touch with your inner spy.
Above, Sean Connery's co-star, Akiko Wakabayashi, of You Only Live Twice.

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