TANAKA, TIGER

Entry Source: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin


Japanese Secret Service chief, portrayed realistically by Tetsuro Tamba in You Only Live Twice. He’s a resourceful spymaster who maintains his seclusion in an underground office complex in Tokyo, connected to a private train line.

Assigned to help Bond (Sean Connery) track a missing American spacecraft, Tanaka introduces him to many aspects of the Japanese culture, including sophisticated electronics, bathing girls, ninja warriors, pearl divers, and, finally, a sham marriage to his agent Kissy (Mie Hama), one of the most beautiful women in the 007 series. With his ninjas, Tanaka leads the final attack on the secret rocket base of Blofeld (Donald Pleasence).