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  • Award Snub: Ken Adam did not get an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects, despite the iconic volcano lair set.
  • Awesome Yet Practical: Bond's safecracker gadget, it's a tiny device that would you definitely expect a spy like Bond to have in a pocket just in case there's a safe to break into. The fact that it can't account for a safe's alarm just makes it feel more real.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The title theme by Nancy Sinatra (known by the young ones through Robbie Williams' "Millennium").
  • Fair for Its Day: Even though the film features some general Asian stereotypes, like Osato saying "Ah, so..." while chatting with Bond, the film largely averts the Yellow Peril tropes that were still widespread at the time, with Bond's allies in the Japanese Secret Service all being very competent and helpful.
    • Moreover, the named Japanese characters in the film are all played by Japanese actors rather than white actors in yellowface or by other East Asians, the latter of which is a step up for the series, as the character of Oddjob in Goldfinger is Korean but was played by Harold Sakata, an actor of Japanese descent.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Most of the wackier elements of the franchise — such as the more cartoonish villains and over-the-top sets — that have been widely ridiculed in the years since got their start here. The next film actually toned it down, but after that met with an underwhelming reception, Connery's brief comeback and then the majority of Roger Moore's era would go full-tilt on these elements.
  • Ho Yay: Of a sort. Bond's password to meet his contact in Japan is "I love you", which leads to the following exchange:
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Bond: "If you're Tanaka, then how do you feel about me?"
Tanaka: "I...love you."
Bond: "I'm glad we've got that out of the way."

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  • It Was His Sled: While Blofeld's appearance (as well as his name if you haven't read the books, as up until this movie, he was only referred to as "Number One") was The Reveal originally, most people know about him looking like a short bald guy due to the numerous parodies (even if they've never heard of this specific Bond movie).
  • Narm:
    • Blofeld has to peek around his bodyguard Hans to show his face to Bond and the audience.
    • Bond's "Japanese" disguise makes him look more like Spock.
  • Narm Charm: Blofeld as the bald, scarred man with a white cat has been referenced and parodied so many times (and is so over-the-top anyway) it can be difficult to take him seriously nowadays. However, the reason why it's been parodied so often is precisely because it's an extremely striking portrayal, and the creepiness of Donald Pleasance's performance makes it easy to see why it became iconic.
  • One-Scene Wonder: After he reveals himself to Bond, Blofeld is only in a couple of scenes, yet he manages to be one of the most memorable villains in any Bond film.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: This was the one of the first, if not the first, time a villain used a secret volcano lair. It's a concept that has been used (and parodied) so often that modern viewers might find it trite.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The majority of the budget was funnelled into the admittedly impressive volcano set, meaning that the rocket model effects ended up being rather short-changed.
    • Relating to the volcano, while the actual set is quite impressive, the optical compositing effects used for establishing shots of the volcano are very obvious, especially on the Blu-Ray edition. Similar compositing issues plague some shots in the film's outer-space Cold Opening, while other shots in the same sequence qualify as Visual Effects of Awesome.
    • Bond goes undercover as a Japanese peasant. Sean Connery in pancake makeup is one of the series' more embarrassing moments.
  • So Okay It's Average: While nobody really disputes Ken Adam's absolutely magnificent sets or Pleasance's Blofeld, a growing number of reviewers in recent years have come to find the script not a whole lot more coherent than the book, and Connery just barely hiding his utter boredom with the 007 role (which would soon blossom into his sitting out On Her Majesty's Secret Service no matter how much money execs threw at him).
  • Stock Footage Failure: The Russian space launch uses stock footage of an American Gemini launch, down to the palm trees in the foreground.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • "In Japan, men come first, women come second." This can come across as either sexist or Orientalist to some today, depending on whether the original viewers were supposed to agree with it or not.
    • Sean Connery passing for Japanese in Yellowface is arguably one of the series' most cringeworthy moments.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The SPECTRE Volcano Lair. Apparently, that one set cost about a million dollars to make.
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