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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…
”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…
The first movie I ever watched in a theatre . . . when my movie prohibitive parents were out of town and I invited my friend Ken over for my cooked spaghetti dining and this movie.
My dad's favourite Bond for the opening ski scene. Not my favourite, because it has Roger Moore, but it might have my favourite Bond theme.
No joke: I started watching the first 30 minutes of The Spy Who Loved Me roughly 5 days before Richard Kiel died, I watched the rest today. Kind of a spooky coincidence.
Still far and away my favorite of Roger Moore's Bond films. It doesn't fall victim to what all other Bond films in that decade suffered from: cheapness and extreme camp. Oh, trust me - it still has its moments of borderline cringeworthy camp and it has plenty of stupid moments in general - yet somehow they bother me much less here than, say, Diamonds are Forever or Moonraker. Maybe it's because the tone is far less tongue-in-cheek than Moore's other films, maybe because its effects and action setpieces…
Backyard feature presentation in honor of the great Richard Kiel. The man, who in Bond movies, just couldn't/wouldn't die. You could run him over, electrocute him, throw him out of a moving train, shoot him in the face, throw him to the sharks, dump ancient Egyptian building materials on him and blow him up in an underwater Atlantis city and he'll still come swimming back for you.
RIP Richard Kiel
I’m not a huge fan of the Roger Moore era; the 70’s and early 80’s, in my opinion, were not a particularly good time for the Bond franchise. The films became too silly and over-the-top for my own personal liking. I prefer the darker, grittier films where James Bond can be a bit of a bastard, which is why Dalton has always been my favourite.
That being said, The Spy Who Loved Me is one of the better Bond movies from this era, and probably the best from Roger Moore. Not only do we see hints of a bastard, such as allowing Sandor to drop to his death after giving Bond the information he wanted, but…
RIP Richard Kiel.
Maybe my favorite of the sillier Bond movies. Maybe it's nastalgia. Whatever. Roger Moore is a lot of 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…
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