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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 American submarines with nuclear missiles on board both vanish from sight without a trace. America 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…
”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…
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…
There hadn't been a James Bond movie like The Spy Who Loved Me for almost a decade, the previous three had veered far too into Americanisation to suit the period and lost that epic sense of scope that characterised the franchise in the 1960's. A master stroke getting director Lewis Gilbert back behind the helm then, who brings that grandeur and gravitas he displayed in You Only Live Twice back to the series, to greater effect. It's the first (perhaps only) great Roger Moore 007 film and easily one of the series' best outings to this day.
Where Guy Hamilton was more interested in sleek style and greater loyalty to Fleming's tomes in his previous movies, Gilbert veers closer to…
After the lukewarm reception given to The Man With The Golden gun by the audience and the critics, Cubby Broccoli was determined to prove that the 007 franchise was not on life-support. And what a way to do it.
The Spy Who Loved Me is, for me at least, a success on almost every level. The humour is more controlled and mature (no girls called Pussy, Plenty O'Toole or Chu-Mi here) and there are sequences featuring genuine suspense, something long absent from the series.
This film also features two memorable components which rank among the most iconic images from the series: the introduction of the man-mountain Jaws, and the Lotus Espirit which while not being quite the vision of beauty…
The Journey to Skyfall continues with the 10th James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me!
What's remarkable about this film is rather just how unremarkable it is. There's absolutely nothing special about it really. Unlike other best Bond films, it doesn't do anything different. But what makes The Spy Who Loved Me great is that it follows the typical Bond formula perfectly. This is a sign to everyone out there who makes a Bond film. You don't have to be a From Russia with Love or an On Her Majesty's Secret Service, or even Casino Royale. Just follow the formula perfectly, maybe put a slight twist on it. Have the ingredients just right, and you have a great fun…
Bond, James Bond. Time to rewatch and rank Mr. Bond’s adventures!
The Spy Who Loved Me, Roger Moore's favorite Bond and I can see why. It's action packed, we have a lovely looking Bond Girl in Barbara Bach, we have submarines, Jaws is introduced, great puns, a underwater car, a huge shootout with grenades, the british flag as a parachute, a hideout in a pyramid and the great chase in the opening.
Yes, this was a lovely rewatch!
Bond marathon #10
The Spy Who Loved Me isn't the worst Bond film, but it is arguably the least original. It's just full of ideas pinched from earlier Bonds, most notably You Only Live Twice. At times it almost feels like a remake of YOLT. But there is also a fight on a train (done twice before in From Russia with Love and Live and Let Die) and a transforming car (into a plane in The Man with the Golden Gun, into a minisub here). We also get a glimpse of Willy Bogner's excellent ski photography which was so spectacular in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
The best thing in Spy is the end of the pre-credit sequence; the skiing…
Prior to writing these reviews, I had seen most of the Bond movies only once. I based all of my impressions of the movies on these single viewings, meaning all of my impressions are skewed by that viewing. So I don't know how I missed the genius, the entertainment of The Spy Who Loved Me. I had previously said that I thought Golden Gun to be the best Moore, but this movie changes that for me. I still like Golden Gun, but this now tops it.
I had originally given Spy a 2, and I'm trying to figure out what I don't like about it. A lot of the movie borrows from others, from the opening ski chase to the…
Damn. This is Roger Moore's third film as James Bond and he finally feels comfortable in the role. We're back to a more serious tone after the silliness of "Golden Gun" even though I quite liked the silliness.
But man oh man, this film delivers on the action and clever gadgets. We have the debut of Jaws which is a gimmick character with a strange ability to teleport when the camera isn't on him. Jaws is a solid intimidating presence to put on screen and his lack of closure makes me think that the character will be back. Here's hoping.
Great stunts: The crazy cool ski chase beats the one previously seen in OHMSS and concludes with a breathtaking ski…
Finally, thankfully, nostalgia for one of my favorite childhood movies is not obliterated by seeing it as an adult. The Spy Who Loved Me kept me enthralled with 007 for a good portion of my youth, thanks in large part to the battered bootlegged VHS copy that stayed in constant rotation in the family VCR, along with Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and an episode of G.I. Joe about fast food restaurants with active nuclear missiles as part of their décor.
Now, having gone at least twenty-five years without watching Roger Moore's third outing as James Bond, I'm left ecstatic and a little teary-eyed after reconnecting with the wonders of The Spy Who Loved Me. Sure, I appreciate…
Here's where Moore finally hit his stride. Even though it shares the same premise as the fantastic YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE it manages not to invite negative comparisons. It helps that the campiness is reined in and focused which suits Roger "I Got A Zinger For Everything" Moore better than blaxploitation or kung fu. Perhaps it was his time in the British Royal Army, but Moore had the air of a real captain and when he assumed the role of leader during the finale he was a natural. Connery was always something of a lone wolf, accepting leadership as it was thrust upon him, which doesn't easily translate into a team player.
I think I'm the only person who really…
James Bond is such a stupid franchise. He's just a chauvinistic dickhead who kisses weird and fights awkwardly. Women fall in love with him because the people who write this shit have never met a woman and the villains are silly and stupid.
One of the last Bonds I have never seen. I watched this after Moonraker, and Jaws is SO much better here than in that movie I can now easily see why he is a memorable henchman. I really enjoyed the different path this movie takes making the British and Russian governments work together. It makes it interesting and is nice to see another villain who is not Russian. The opening is great with the awesome ski chase following Bond parachuting off a cliff. Barbara Bach is good as the Russian spy working with Bond and I think this is Roger Moor's best acting as Bond. I also really liked Curd Jurgens as the villain, as he really portrays a great and typical Bond villain. His ship/house is also a great visual for a villains lair. The set pieces amid the desert and pyramids also are really well done and interesting. One of the better Bonds.
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