Monday, June 9, 2014

You Only Live Twice - Sean Connery (1967) - Nathan Road, Mongkok

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a diversion. It's our second Bond outing on this site, but officially the first time Bond was seen in Hong Kong. Having said that, unlike Roger Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun, we never really see Connery in Hong Kong, only in a completely unbelievably huge boudoir where he gets shot, and then inside a submarine where he is zipped over to Japan in less than five minutes flat (this could explain why lots of people still believe Hong Kong to be in Japan...).

Anyway, there is a brief street scene as we see the killers and cops rushing into Bonds private meeting.

It looks as though I am not the only one to go hunting for this location because doing a Google with 五月花酒家 (Mayflower Restaurant - the red neon sign top centre right...sort of) yields the following discussion which identifies the location as Nathan Road/Nelson Street intersection in Mongkok. If you scroll down the same thread also has these same screen shots. The sign with the neon glasses (中僑藥材) is also useful in nailing this place.

Anyway, here is the modern Streetview from a similar angle (or at least the best available)...

The buildings on the left have a build date of 1967, so it is entirely feasible that these were the same ones seen on film, however, there is not enough info on the screen grabs to say one way or the other. 


  1. Hi Phil,

    I have a faint impression that there used to be three 五月花酒樓 in that neighbourhood, all along the north bound Nathan Road in Mongkok. The other two were likely 天皇五月花 and 新興五月花。 Unfortunately I am unable to pin-point exactly where they were.

    Thanks & Best Regards,

    1. Hi T
      So were they all owned by the same people? There is a 八月花 at Festival Walk - is it possible the company lives on?

  2. Hi Phil,

    I think the three 五月花酒樓 were of the same group of restaurants. I think they have TV and Radio Ads mentioning their name altogether back then. As of 八月花﹐ it's of the Maxim's Group, which is in under Jardine Matheson.

    Thanks & Best Regards,