A ranking of many of the action flicks I've subjected myself to over the years, rated 3 stars or more.…
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…
Seemingly composed of parts of other, perhaps better James Bond films, Lewis Gilbert's "The Spy Who Loved Me" entertains despite its slightly derivative, somewhat listless nature. Roger Moore's third outing as the famed secret agent ups the romance, pairing Mr. Bond with Barbara Bach's Agent XXX, and piles on the silliness in the form of, among other things, Richard Kiel's Jaws; but these do not necessarily enhance the film's impact. It is all, in fact, much ado about nothing in 1977's meanderingly paced 007 chapter.
Built around nuclear submarines that have gone missing, the plot of "The Spy Who Loved Me" uses the undersea weapons as a starting point for an allegiance between British and Soviet spies. Moving from Egypt…
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…
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!
DESAFIO JAMES BOND – Saga Completa (FILME #10)
Isto não é bem uma REVIEW, é mais um DESABAFO.
OK, é o décimo filme da série, já deu para perceber a fórmula: sequências de ação energéticas e divertidas repletas de engenhocas engraçadas, uma grande ameaça criada por um vilão super poderoso e maléfico que o protagonista todo charmoso e forte tem de impedir que aconteça, bond-girls todas sexys e sedutoras, etc, etc. Agora, será que dá para inovar um pedacinho?
Temo que The Spy Who Loved Me marque a preguiça dos cineastas de apresentar novas ideias, optando por recorrer aos mesmos ingredientes que entretiveram com eficácia os moviegoers. Deu certo? Então faremos as mesmas coisas.
Porque, tirando uma ou duas cenas…
More obsessed with breasts than any Bond before or since.
If Goldfinger defined the Connery Bond with its' cool sixties vibe, dry wit and undertone of callous thuggishness then The Spy Who Loved Me is the zenith of the Roger Moore Bond film. A succession of impressive set-pieces joined by an absurd plot and lashing of innuendo that Moore is still just about young and dashing enough to pull off, with a Bond girl picked 100% on looks over acting talent, a good henchman in the shape of Jaws, an awesome car, a belting theme tune and the whole thing teetering just about on the right side of self-parody.
Loads of fun. Possibly the pinnacle of the 'James Bond as Superhero' style of film.
The best of all the Bond movies.
One of Moore's best outings. He finally gets a car and what a humdinger it is. The best car scene we have gotten so far. It could really do with some music during the scene but the copter stunts are superbly shot.
Barbara Bach AND Caroline Munroe (under used) in the same movie. Getting spoilt with these Bond girls. XXX starts of as a seemingly good character but it doesn't take long for her to fall into that stereotype we are used to.
The plot is clearly the same as You Only Live Twice. I know a lot of the basic plots are recycled but this is too obvious.
The main villain is rubbish but his Hench Man Jaws is…
Great to have them going through the old Bonds on CGV. I had not seen this in a long time and had fun. Roger Moore not living up to the heights of Live and Let Die or Man with a Golden Gun, but still quite an experience. Nobody does it better.
Pretty great set design.
A Bond Girl without any agency! At all. And if she looks like she will have any, it's taken from her.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service had more energetic editing and better choreography for the fights.
"Your time's running out Stromberg" -James bond 1977
"Yours too Mr. Bond, Yours too" - Karl Stromberg 1977
"And faster than you think"
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