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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…
Ese sosias del capitán Nemo que es Stromberg, alzándose en su impresionante ciudad sumergible.
El cándido sentido de la aventura de un Lewis Gilbert mucho más acertado que en el 67.
Música disco para acompañar las escenas de acción (otra seña de identidad setentera como lo fueron el blaxploitation en el 73 y el kung-fu en el 74).
El coche anfibio, posiblemente el vehículo más memorable de la serie.
Las pirámides y los submarinos.
Barbara Bach y Jaws.
No es la mejor de todas, pero es la mejor de los 70s, la década en la que yo era un crío.
Supongo que por eso es mi favorita.
”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…
It's a classic bond film - well aren't most of them?! This one sure is!
Of the Roger Moore Bond movies that actually feel like Roger Moore Bond movies (so... everything except For Your Eyes Only), The Spy Who Loves Me is my favorite. It has an exciting teaser, an wonderful theme song, an undersea base and submarine car, and a score that's generous with the Bond Theme while also giving us disco Bond.
Moore is at his absolute best, too. His dry humor is in top form and he has a couple of serious, genuine moments that offer a peek at the man behind the jokes. It's still big, goofy fun, but it's found a great balance and doesn't go over the top.
BANG! Blood dribbles down.
We’re on a submarine. Two sailors sit down and have a game of chess, and the cups start wobbling and then a man who used to be in The Onedin Line comes in and goes “Why are the cups wobbling!? What’s going on!?” And then he pulls down the periscope thing and looks through it and goes “OH MY GOD the submarine’s being eaten by a giant tanker!”
And then we cut to Moscow. And there’s a man there, he’s Russian...he’s got eyebrows, you know. He’s on the phone going “What! A whole submarine!? You’re joking! I’m gonna have to tell some other Russians. See ya.”
And then it cuts to James (Roger Moore), and yes,…
This movie really drills home the fact that nobody does it better.
Best Roger Moore so far even if it is a rehash of You Only Live Twice, but under water instead of in space/a volcano.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
까까머리 시절 친구들과 같이 극장에서 보았던 최초의 007 액션 플릭으로 기억된다.
007 특유의 오프닝, 죠스 이빨, 바바라 바크의 매력, 그리고 빼놓을 수 없는 로져 무어의 능글능글함까지 -
이 영화 정도의 액션과 특수 촬영등은 이미 오래 전 TV 드라마에서 따라할 정도가 되었지만 그래도 여전히 다시 보고 싶은 영화이다.
그것은 아마도 추억이 불러 일으키는 마력이겠지 - 영화 자체보다는 그 영화를 보았던 시절을 기억하며 음미하는.
우연히 바바라 바크의 필모그라피를 보았는데 이 영화와 나바론 2 빼고는 알만한 영화가 없던데. 그러고 보니 다른 본드 걸들도 마찬가지 이겠군.
그런데도 안스러운 것은 바바라가 '이 영화'에 나와서 이기 떄문일까?
James Bond Prep for Spectre
Here's some more bullet points...
-FINALLY a return to form for the franchise. This feels like an earlier Connery movie, but updated enough to feel fresh. Definitely the best Roger Moore Bond film.
-The opening sequence of this movie is one of the best in the series, and features THE best stunt in any action movie ever. Hands down. It always gives me chills, and if I were to have seen this in a theater I'd probably stand up on my seat and clap till my hands bled.
-Barbara Bach's entire wardrobe in this movie is on pointe. Every single outfit of hers is top notch.
-The entire pyramid sequence is stylistic and completely…
Despite the absolute insanity of the plot, I enjoy this Bond film immensely. Maybe it's the introduction of Jaws, or the very real chemistry that Bond had with the Russian secret agent Bond girl (maybe the best chemistry with any Bond girl?) but whatever it was, it worked. The Bond girl is not the typical damsel in distress, but is capable on her own and comes across that way. There's something about the Moore films that allows them a greater degree of latitude with the over-the-top craziness. They don't take themselves quite as seriously as Connery's films did.
I have been preoccupied with various things the past few days so I haven't had the chance to watch anything until last night. Earlier that day I went to a MovieStop and exchanged all 4 sets of the James Bond Ultimate Edition DVD's and some other discs for all 23 007 films on Blu; this particular set is The James Bond Collection and while the packaging is plain, the picture and sound are great and all the special features from the Ultimate Edition DVD's are present.
A reason why I did this was that more than once while revisiting all these movies the past few months I had an issue where while watching the film would skip or stop and…
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…