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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…
One of the all time best James Bond movies!!
A mixture of many Bond movies that came before, which makes THE SPY WHO LOVED ME one of the more enjoyable experiences. The fight with Jaws in Cairo is flawless & so is the fight on the train & so is the fight under water...WHY WON'T YOU DIE!
#106. This was one of my favorite so far. It has everything you'd want in a Bond film, a great villain, an evil lair, and a great henchman.
Der Verbindungs-Moore-Bond zwischen klassischem Ernst und neumodischem Comic-Schnick-Schnack. Hier war der Beißer noch furchteinflößend. Damals eine etwas zu gehypte Gelddruckmaschine. Gehört aber zum oberen Drittel aller Bonds.
#194 THE SPY WHO LOVED ME - A lovely and visceral film. Stylish & perfectly silly. #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days
"His Name's Jaws and He Likes To Kill People"
It may be a remake of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, but this film is so damn Pulpy, Goofy & Fun that it's impossible to not enjoy it. Even the campy disco score is *AMAZING*.
After a string of substandard entries, some of which were truly horrible, "The spy who loved me" almost feels like a return to form. Almost. But not quite.
It turns out that by simply removing the excessively goofy humour (i.e. midget butlers), the Bond series was again enjoyable and, dare I say, for once slightly ahead of the curve. It's no secret that the 007 movies have been long known for regurgitating recently popular tropes and implementing them without thinking twice, but "The spy who loved me" actually does have a handful of refreshing aspects, though some of them get completely abandoned by the time the story is resolved.
This particular film proves once more that for an escapist spy…
That's a pretty cool poster over there on the left, and all those ingredients on it are indeed part of this experience, yet this is a stiff picture. There are numerous problems: draggy editing, lethargic fights, pedestrian screenplay, bored director, uninspired production crew, the cheesy stylistic mélange (I don't necessarily mind the Bond theme laid over a disco beat, but the insufficiency of camp value surrounding a choice like that makes it harder to take this otherwise typical Bond sequel as seriously), Roger Moore already behaving like he's Grandpa Bond even though this is only his 3rd adventure. You need more than just a completed checklist of Bond-isms - "Bond, James Bond", "shaken, not stirred", attempts to recover microfilm, submarines,…
Gotta love nuclear stock footage :3
UPDATE 1/27/2016: New removal. This time it's the 1980 mini-series The Martian Chronicles. Don't know why, since I was under…