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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…
First time re-watching this and I realize I was wrong initially. The Spy Who Loved Me is an amalgamation of all the Bond films up to this point, with an elderly evil leader wanting world domination, a deformed henchman who is nearly invincible, underwater fight scenes, train fight scenes, road chases, foot chases, and two large armies with different primary color uniforms battling out in modern lair at the films climax. In that way it could be considered the quintessential Bond, if there is such a thing. The Spy Who Loved Me is certainly one of the more cinematic Bonds, something the two previous Moore entries lacked. The other films in the series had also lacked any semblance of a…
The Spy Who Loved Me is littered with many of Bond’s most iconic moments. As Jaws, Kiel immediately cemented himself as one of the most memorable Bond antagonists, with metal teeth and intimidating physicality. There’s a reason that he was kept alive to return in Moonraker. He’s the perfect heavy for Stromberg, who is the epitome of the Bond villain who lets others do his dirty work.
Elsewhere, gadgets and stunts are as good as they have ever been. The opening sequence, which is now impossible to separate from Alan Partridge, is almost certainly the best of the Moore era. It weaves seamlessly from plot establishment, to Bond quippery, to a jaw-dropping ski chase and, of course, the iconic image…
The one with that underwater Lotus. The Lotus looks cool.
After watching The Man with the Golden Gun (which I didn't like that much) I really wanted to see a much better Bond film for the next one and to be honest, after watching The Spy Who Loved Me, I was fairly satisfied ... but still wasn't amazing.
Firstly I really did enjoy most of the film, it felt that classic Bond all the way, Roger Moore gives one of his best performances in the series in this one, and I thought all the casting where really good. I thought the story and set pieces were done very well as well as the action in the scene with a great ski chase scene in the beginning and it really was…
A buddy and I are watching the Bond flicks in order to get ready for SPECTRE. I hadn't seen many of the Connery or Moore films so it's been fun to see when the actors start hitting their stride and become comfortable with the character. And that most definitely happens here with Moore's third outing. At first glance, it seems like a pastiche of so many elements from earlier films. There's skiing. Sharks. A henchman getting thrown out of a window on a train. Submarines. And, of course, the movie ends with Bond getting his swerve on in an ocean craft. There's also gorgeous location shooting, elaborate and impressive soundstage set pieces, and some wicked crazy stunts. And more importantly, there's really none of the slapstick humor that dragged down the previous two efforts. It all works so well and never feels derivative. Yeah, if it gets better than this for Moore, I'll be impressed.
The best Roger Moore Bond movie...
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The Spy Who Loved Me is like if From Russia with Love and You Only Live Twice had a baby, and that baby only got all the good genes. It gets From Russian with Love's love story but gives the love interest an actual personality, it gets You Only Live Twice's intriguing setup with a third party trying to start a nuclear war by capturing NATO and Soviet craft (though this time it's nuclear submarines instead of spaceships), but it emphatically doesn't get Bond in yellowface.
And the advantage it has over both of them is that it has Roger Moore as James Bond (yes, I know, blasphemy). Moore really could've been the best Bond if he had been given…
The Roger Moore era gets ragged on a lot, and for good reason, but this was his shining moment; the movie in which he overcame Sean Connery's shadow and established himself as the Bond of the future. Also, I'll keep humming "Nobody Does It Better" until my dying day. Ridiculous fun.
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…
I decided not to clog this with Disney and Pixar. I imagine you see those whether you plan to or…