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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…
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!
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…
Pretty much the definitive Bond in terms of just nailing the format. Best Bond theme too?
Even though this would have to rank among the top two Moore bond films, it feels extremely dated. And the trouble is not that pre-Dalton Bond movies feel dated and sound quite cheesy, the problem is that even the best of them do.
Nobody does it better.
The moment Carly Simon drops these words on you- after the spectacular opening ski stunt- you know this is more than a song. It's a statement of intent. The Spy Who Loved Me chooses awesome at every turn. Shall we turn left? Right? No. We turn awesome. Sub-cars. Underwater bases that rise up from the sea like Voltron headquarters. Astounding scenery and set design. Maddeningly good stunts. Stromberg, the villain, is a goddamn Dark Lord of the Sith. Jaws is a Universal monster. This is Michael Shannon's best role. And, in case you forgot that nobody does it better, the end credits hit you with those words again. Perfect book-ends.
Marvin Hamlisch is practically a character…
A surprisingly strong entry into the canon, The Spy Who Loved Me marks the entrance of Jaws, my precious baby.
"When necessary, shared bodily warmth."
One of the most iconic Roger Moore's Bond. The chase scene with the submersible Lotus Esprit (I, as I'm sure most guys my age, owned the toy version of that car), the amazing ski jump into the abyss ending with the opening of the Union Jack parachute and Jaws, the silent and seemingly indestructible enemy with his teeth made of steel.
Sure, the plot is mostly a remake of You Only Live Twice, with submarines replacing spacecrafts and down to the traitor being killed while the two scared accomplices watch wondering if they are next (although this time it's a shark instead of piranhas), the villain who is basically Blofeld with a different name and…
"Stop talking about American things, and let's watch the greatest movie ever made."
One of the more formulaic Bond films, full of gadgets, exotic locations, ladies, and a madman bent on world domination.
It's certainly a step up from The Man With the Golden Gun.
Ken Adam's production design is really great here. Barbara Bach's pretty good as a love interest for Bond, but she never projects the menace needed for her role as a Soviet spy.
The movie hits a lot of story beats that earlier Bond movies did, especially From Russia with Love, and You Only Love Twice, and it borrows a ski chase from On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It doesn't hit them quite as well, as Moore is not as good as Connery of Lazenby.
On the other hand, Jaws is a great henchman. He's so perfect I'm going to assume Ken Adam created him in a lab.