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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…
”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…
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…
I think this may be the best of Moore's Bond movies ever. The action is great, the humor is smarter, the plot makes more sense than previous Bonds and villain is well, villainy. This is all highlighted by the fact that Stanley Kubrick did uncredited principal photography for some scenes.
One of the best in the Bond Franchise-Colorful, exotic, fascinating locations, beauty and brains from "Russia with love", Carly Simon, an improved, classically dressed Roger Moore and Jaws!
"007, Triple x"
This is certainly the strongest of the Roger Moore Bond films that I have seen, and it's over the top, cartoonish style is handled with far more confidence than in Live and Let Die and The Man With the Golden Gun. Moore also inhabits the character with far more gusto as well, and rocks flared pants and double breasted jackets better than most! That said, he still plays Bond for laughs and comes off as creepy and sleazy most of the time, but I guess that is his unique take on the role, and he certainly excels in that department for better or for worse.
Overall, a pretty entertaining entry into the series, and easily the best of Moore's, but it still pales in comparison to most of the Connery entries.
Intro to Jaws. The villain with metal teeth not the shark.
One of my favourite James Bond films, and my favourite Roger Moore Bond film without a doubt. A jaw dropping opening, a great storyline, it just has everything. The typically useless Bond girl, is here another secret agent, who also has an interesting back story that relates to Bond, which comes into play later on in a way that gives this film a little more depth than the usual 007 story. Barbara Bach isn't amazing as Agent Triple X, but she is very good, and the sarcastic, sexually charged chemistry between her and Moore is a joy to watch.
The villain is also great, a man who truly believes in his master plan, which I really loved the logic behind.…
I watched The Spy Who Loved Me a few years ago and I thought it was all right. But watching it now I really fell in love with it. Moore at his best, the serenely beautiful Barbara Bach, Carly Simon's iconic song, the gorgeous locales, the underwater lair. I just love it. Seriously, nobody does it better.
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME is one of my favourite Bond movies. It's a bit daft, really, watching it now. Though as a child, Roger Moore was probably the first actor I associated with being Bond, looking at him now, he's surely the least convincing, credible guy to play the part, and looks a bit ridiculous in the more physical aspects of the role. In this film in particular, villain Stromberg is a bit underwhelming, and the film enters goofy terrain once it enters the climactic underwater lair sequence. But this is the film with THAT pre-credits sequence, featuring one of the greatest moments in Bond history. And, best of all, this film features the debut of Jaws, quite possibly the all-time greatest Bond baddie, brought to intimidating life by the late, great Richard Kiel. A film that will always hold a special place in my heart.
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- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- À nos Amours
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes
- Adam's Rib
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
I Like to Watch…
- The Lost World
- The Old Dark House
- Island of Lost Souls
- King Kong
I decided not to clog this with Disney and Pixar. I imagine you see those whether you plan to or…