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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 American submarines with nuclear missiles on board both vanish from sight without a trace. America 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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Day ten of the Bond Film Marathon, film 10:The Spy Who Loved Me. Regarded as Moore's absolute best and one of the best period, I can agree with that for the most part. Once again, straying away from the original source material, for the most part, this is a really fun, enjoyable, film. It is a bit long and can drag, but It's quite entertaining.
SLBMs from Britain and the Soviet Union have disappeared and Bond has been dispatched to answer the call and a great ski chase ensures. Upon hearing of a highly advanced submarine part being on the market and headed to Egypt, Bond is bound to head there as is Agent XXX, Anya Amasova. Upon arriving, 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…
As is the case with many-a Roger Moore fare, this has not aged well.
The Worst decade for Bond movies. This one is sometimes purely ridiculous, sometimes weirdly boring (during the big car chase!). The plan from the main bad guy is just stupid and I don't even want to talk about the dialogues.
On the bright side, the bond girl is quite beautiful, Jaws is a fun henchman and Roger Moore isn't hald bad overall.
A Top 3 Bond film? Absolutely. 'Spy' has an epic scale with an interesting mystery for Bond to solve, unforgettable locations (the Pyramids, Atlantis, the Liparus), some great action scenes (including the above/below the waves combo with the white Lotus Esprit), an awesomely 70's score, and a trio of villains who really give Bond a hard time!
Together, XXX, Jaws and Stromberg pretty much have all the 'villain' bases covered. Luckily, Roger Moore's Bond still retains enough of his harder edge to get the job done. An edge which would disappear in Moonraker, as the balance tipped towards fast the more comedic, spectacle-over-spying which blighted Moore's later tenure in the role.
But here, I'd argue that Moore nails the balance of the suave one-liner and the professional, licensed to kill spy just right.
I'm having a hard time figuring out what it is about this film that I don't love. It has a despicable villain, with a psychotic plan. It has an iconic henchman who can out-muscle Bond every time. It has a Bond girl that is supposed to be Bond's equal. It even has an epic battle between 2 armies. Yet somehow the movie just fell a little flat for me. There's nothing inherently wrong with it. They thankfully dropped the farcical humor which annoyed me so much in the first 2 Moore films, because there's no sign of Sheriff Pepper. I get the feeling that, for me, this film is just too bland. There are a few exciting moments, like the…
A pretty grand one, and one I understand Cubby Brocolli threw everything he could get into after the commercial disappointment of The Man With the Golden Gun. It worked. This is a pretty damn good Bond movie. It's helped by a few things - great song, great set pieces, and a sense of the grandness that harks back to the like of Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.
First thing that grabs you about the movie is its opening sequence (mentioned a few posts back) where Bond has a decent skiing action sequence (recalling the great skiing stunts in OHMSS) which culminates in probably the most memorable Bond stunt of them all - Bond skiing off the side of a…
One of the best James Bond film of the series and Roger Moore's best outing as Bond who teams with a Soviet spy to take down a madman who wants to create civilization under the sea with the help of Jaws.
Why oh why do I keep watching these things. For some reason, I find myself selectively, slowly, making my way through the James Bond films in search of whatever it was I found enjoyable in them some years ago.
Roger Moore's turn definitely followed this series downhill. Everything that I think sink's these films just seems to be more amplified with every one from this era. The gratuitous gadgets, ostentatious technology, misogyny, and the bad bad puns. At least Sean Connery was an interesting actor to watch, Roger Moore's a little too much like a walking talking plank of timber.
The Bond films are definitely increasingly impressive for their model, set and stunt work, if nothing else - including in…
i grew up with roger moore. i always thought he was bond. now that i know better i struggle a bit with these. this has its moments, both awesomely and horribly cheesy. but its roger moore bond so that's what you get.
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