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The Spy Who Loved Me
It's the BIGGEST. It's the BEST. It's BOND. And B-E-Y-O-N-D.
Russian and British submarines with nuclear missiles on board both vanish from sight without a trace. England and Russia both blame each other as James Bond tries to solve the riddle of the disappearing ships. But the KGB also has an agent on the case.
I'm really glad that me and Jonnie White agreed that films caught on the telly don't count towards any projects (I don't do projects, obviously) or challenges that are going on. Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to rewatch the Best Bond Film Ever™.
I've reviewed this at typical arse-numbing length here so I'm not going to talk the same bollocks again, but a few points of note here:-
1) Why does club owner Max Kalba not have a phone in his office and has to use the punters' phone to take the call that never was? It's his club! Get a second line in, Max!
2) The night-time bit at the pyramids is brilliant. It's a great example of…
"Moneypenny, where's 007?"
"He's on a mission sir. In Austria."
"Well, tell him to pull out. Immediately."
My favorite of the Roger Moore Bonds.
If you ever need proof for the theory that the Bond movies work as time capsules, transforming the formula to fit the tastes of the time, you need look no further than The Spy Who Loved Me. It screams late 70's the same way the tacky special effects of the Brosnan Bonds scream late 90's. The cinematography is dark and stylized, imitating the neo-noir aesthetic of directors like Alan Pakula (The Parallax View). The soundtrack is a blend of funky slide guitar and early synth, marking the height of disco's popularity. There's even an undefeatable character…
”I have the oddest feeling we’ll be meeting again sometime.
Now and with this rewatch my Bond journey finally comes to an end. The Spy Who Loved Me slightly improved in this second viewing, the first two thirds is still pretty charming and adventurous, but like the first time around the movie loses some of its established momentum in the final third, the action is too big, too long and at times the predictability makes it quite boring. But despite that it is definitely the best and most tolerable of Roger Moore films, the story starts pretty well, the character of Anya Asamova is one of the strengths of the film (and like the first time Barbara Bach continues to…
A surprisingly entertaining mid-period Bond film, which is the 10th proper Bond film, and the third starring Roger Moore.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this, especially given the execrable Man With the Golden Gun, and the mediocre Live and Let Die. It contains fun set pieces, a solid story based on public's fear of nuclear disaster that was at its height during the late '70s/early '80s, just the right mix of humor, decent gadget/vehicle use, and JAWS!
The Spy Who Loved Me was the first James Bond film that really caught my imagination as a kid - and my first viewing of it in over a decade shows most of the reasons why.
This was Roger Moore's third Bond outing and by now he was completely comfortable and identifiable as 007 - but in a strange twist, this film sees the series moving back into slightly more serious territory and does away with much of the knockabout comedy of The Man With The Golden Gun, and is an improvement over that still underrated instalment in many different ways.
Its main improvement is regarding its main Bond girl. After poor Britt Eklund was royally crapped on for the…
Which bullet has my name on it? The first or the last?
Cubby Broccoli deserves some recognition for having guts. Now the sole producer of the franchise he would receive all the blame if the next film failed. Even though The Man with the Golden Gun underperformed at the box office, Broccoli still doubles the budget for The Spy Who Loved Me making it the most expensive Bond Film up to date making it an even bigger risk rather then just keeping the budget at a modest level.
Even though it had twice the money, the film was fighting an up hill…
#10 of Project 007
The James Bond Essentials:
Story: James Bond investigates the abduction of Russian and British nuclear submarines.
Bond: Roger Moore - Classiness 2/5
Bond Girl: Barbara Bach - Charisma/Sexiness 2/5
Villain: Karl Stromberg - Memorability 1/5
Henchman: Jaws - Dangerousness 5/5
Location: Austrian Alps, Cairo, Luxor, Sardinia - Exoticism/Variety 5/5
Gadgets: pimped amphibian Lotus Esprit, dismountable waterbike, ski stick gun - Coolness 5/5
James Bond Essentials Score: 3,3/5
Though I don’t really get used to Roger Moore and still dislike him as Bond, The Spy Who loved me is one of his better films as 007. His performance is once again below average. Barbara Bach looks great, but acting is obviously not one of her strengths. Major…
Every great thing I ever remembered from watching Bond films on TV as a kid is in this film. Jaws? He's in this film! The underwater car? That's in this film! The chase through Karnak? Skiing off a cliff and opening a Union Jack parachute? The best villain's lair of all time? Yes! All of those things! And more!
This is the perfect 007.
One of those Roger Moore Bonds that has extremely memorable & famous moments but that I don't actually remember seeing all the way through more than a handful of times (and I've seen almost all the Bond films many, many times!)
What to say? It's big, it's sexy, it has one of the greatest theme tunes of all the films, Moore is FINALLY beginning to get into his stride, it has great henchmen (and an interesting villain), great set pieces - the Pyramid sequence is superb, the car chase excellent, the tanker fight great fun - and one of the coolest 'evil genius lairs' of all the Bond films along with Ken Adam's biggest and boldest designs.
The last line is utterly ridiculous as is the weird naval choir reprise of 'Nobody Does It Better' which, when put together, rounds the whole thing off on the most spectacular note of high camp.
"Nobody does it better."
I'm a big fan of Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die," although it got paired with an underwhelming film. Carly Simon's "Nobody Does it Better" actually works pretty well as a standalone song. (I'll admit not knowing it was written for this film.)
Roger Moore is back in his third go-round as Bond. The plot is a bit thin, although the decision to make Cold War enemies into temporary allies was a great spin. Barbara Bach is the alluring Russian spy turned Bond love bunny Anya Amasova (or Agent XXX, if you prefer).
This is also the film that introduced us to evil henchman Jaws, who has the most amazing incisors. He'll come back in a future Bond, but damned if I know which one off the top of my head. ("Moonraker"? Yeah, I'll go with that.)
No wonder The Spy Who Loved Me song had a number of nominations for best original score because it got me singing for days again. Favorite among Roger Moore's other 007 films.
'The Spy who loved me' marks a turning point for the Roger Moore Bond period, an thankfully its a step up by bringing in some iconic moments to the Bond franchise. 'The spy who loved me' brings a new iconic Bond car, iconic Bond henchman and possibly the greatest opening moment of any of the Bond films.
The Plot: British and Soviet missile submarines suddenly go missing in the middle of the ocean. James Bond and MI6 are summoned to investigate the disappearance. Once his investigation is underway Bond finds out that a Submarine tracking device has appeared on the market to find the device. Once there he meets his soviet counterpart, agent Triple X. Together they travel across Europe…
Legal issues and licensing problems meant there was a three year gap between films in the Bond franchise. This was an unusually long break considering the current rate was about one a year. Frankly, after the joyless snooze-fest that was The Man with the Golden Gun, this break was probably welcome relief for audiences.
The producers called You Only Live Twice director Lewis Gilbert back in to direct the film, and of course Roger Moore resumes his long stint as 007.
Right off the bat it’s clear that the break has done the franchise a world of good.
For starters the plot is simple; two nuclear submarines have been stolen (a British one and a Soviet one) and Bond is…
What most consider Roger Moore's best Bond film. Great action sequences, a Bond girl with some depth, a cool villain in the form of Jaws, Roger Moore is cool and confident as Bond. A very fun film.
P.S. I'm curious which is better, "For Your Eyes Only" or this?
Review at Three Brothers Film as part of our 007 Retrospective.
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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