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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…
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…
Jaws and a tragically short-roled Caroline Munro are the only ones with any life in this dull, almost flavorless Bond. The kind of Bond probably best used to secure dentures.
I'm sorry, fans, this is just blah. It's not even boring, it's just blah. The parachuting sequence was an exciting 10-12 seconds, that white car was awesome, the pyramid demonstration was striking, and some of the synthy music cues were typical synthy goodness. But the team behind this series just left way too much riding on this villain, this Bond, and this partner- who has got to be one of the weakest women I've seen on the Bond universe's screen in the last few years. She has no charisma,…
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"
The Spy Who Loved Me is silly and ridiculous in its plot, but it is also incredibly charming, funny downright entertaining. It has one of the best Bond girls ever, it has some nice locations, good action sequences and such a good humor as well. Thanks to all of that, this fun spy flick is definitely one of the best Bond films up to this point.
This movie is all about Jaws! He is so adorably awesome and I kept cheering for him. Made me sad that he kept getting hurt but glad he always survives! Is probably the most swauve, gentleman and well dressed henchmen besides Odd-job! The supervillain is lame and inconsequential! Seriously he has the most pathetic and dumbest death in the franchise! I think there must have been a conspiracy that Roger Moore wanted all the "handsome" men "Killed" in the huge battle sequence so he remains the best looking!
I didn't really enjoy Roger Moore as James Bond. Granted, he was kind of charming, but also silly and throwing out so many obnoxious one-liners that I could barely get through it. Barbara Bach was not good
Hugely enjoyable if only for its abundance of high jinks, The Spy Who Loved Me is far superior to at least one of the other two James Bond films directed by Lewis Gilbert (the painfully chauvinist You Only Live Twice). Led by Roger Moore in his third outing as 007, the film sees the super spy team with a Russian agent (played by Barbara Bach) to foil the ridiculous but suitably devious plan of a maniacal shipping magnate with a dangerous penchant for illegally accruing nuclear warheads. Along the way he must tackle Jaws, the iconic steel toothed henchman, and it would not be unfair to say that the film is at its most gratifying when Richard Kiel is on screen.
Though the film is unashamedly goofy, the raised stakes of its action sequences (e.g. the ski chase in the opening act) means it ranks highly amongst the other early Bond films I have seen.
Loved it at the time.
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