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…
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…
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…
"When one is in Egypt, one should delve deeply into its treasures..."
Holy shit this movie gets better every time. Holy shit. This movie is so Bond. The Spy Who Loved Me is near-perfect in every way. This is THE ultimate "doomsday plan secret lair" Bond film.
If there was ever a film to "tick all the boxes" but still somehow feel completely fresh and throw in some originality, this would be it. This is the all time high for Bond escapist adventures.
The Spy Who Loved Me features Roger Moore at his very best, a serviceable apocalypse bringing psycho villain, motherfuckin' Jaws, and Triple X as Bond's Russian agent counterpart. While Barbara Bach may not deliver the best acting…
Of all the Bond movies, it had been the longest time (30 years) since I'd seen this, and I was excited enough about seeing it again that I actually had weird dreams about it last night.
Those dreams, unfortunately, did not reflect the actual movie. It was not about a supervillain-run under-the-sea civilization as envisioned by a late-70's sci-fi movie. That would be too amazing to fit in...reality. What this does offer though, is as much awesome as any Moore Bond movie has fit so far, or may be likely to do again. (I've still got 4 more to go)
It picks up from a lot of the batshit elements that made You Only Live Twice so much fun -…
I thought this one was pretty great. Jaws is the best henchmen since Oddjob. Caroline Munro was great to see but I wish she was in it more than she was.
Without a doubt one of my favorite Bond films, much less perhaps my overall favorite Roger Moore 007 flick. This is the first Moore Bond film in which I genuinely felt like I was watching a 007 film, probably because it's extremely close in nature to Connery's run as the character. From the spectacular ski chase opening culminating in the cliff jump into the credits and great theme song, Bond and XXX's confrontation with Jaws (an inspired casting of Richard Kiel, one of the greatest Bond villains of the entire franchise), the underwater Lotus skirmish and the huge climactic battle aboard the command vessel, just fantastic. Not to mention the fact that the humor has been seriously reduced from the first two films... definitely one of Bond's finest, and the defining film of the Moore run.
Not one of my favorite Bond films and not very memorable, but great theme song.
I saw Roger Moore at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham on Wednesday night where he talked about his life then answered questions, and this is the reason why I decided to watch this. It was either going to be this or A View to a Kill, but decided to watch this one because I love the action sequences at the end which feature wonderful sets.
Twee duikboten met nucleaire wapens verdwijnen spoorloos op zee. Een Amerikaanse en een Russische. Beide landen geven elkaar de schuld. James Bond gaat op onderzoek uit, maar moet samenwerken met zijn vrouwelijke concurrent van KGB; Agent XXX.
Regisseur Guy Hamilton vond het na vier Bondfilms welletjes en droeg het stokje over aan Lewis Gilbert. Roger Moore is voor de derde keer Bond. De pakken van 007 zitten inmiddels als gegoten, want The Spy Who Loved Me heeft mij definitief van zijn kunnen overtuigd. De soundtrack is heerlijk: Nobody Does It Better.
Deze Bondfilm is vrij fantastisch om een aantal redenen. Jaws is een badguy pur sang. Een kast van een vent die maar niet kapot te krijgen is. Hij bijt…
A lot of the same old stuff, including borrowing the look and feel of the final showdown from You Only Live Twice.
The film strays from many of its predecessors by having a strong, intelligent female (although she's still seduced by Bond, in the end).
Roger Moore meets his Russian equivalent (Agent XXX) as the campy tone remains, in a film that is a true world tour.
The opening credits are again a highlight as is Bond’s introduction via a Union Jack parachute. Seeing Bond’s having his weakness of the flesh exploited is a great concept. The synth score also adds to the fun.
The sequences through Egypt are a true highlight as are the numerous double-entendres, and the denouement.
The villain is unfortunately a footnote in the James Bond universe and his plan is never clear. The elongated action sequence at the end is also a little tiresome.
The Reverence: Jaws vs. Jaws beats out a fish in the car, Chandelier, a positive mental attitude, a helicopter duel, a special effect shot that includes a doll and a zinger of an ending.