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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…
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…
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…
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…
Rarely original or inspired, Moore's third outing as Bond finds him saddled with a plot that is largely a retread of familiar elements, with Jürgens's villain substituting for Blofeld and nuclear subs replacing the space threat of You Only Live Twice, and an inert Barbara Bach as the primary Bond girl and counterpart.
Nonetheless, Moore's smarmy, condescending charm is enough to carry the scenes with Bach, who is undeniably stunning despite her affectless performance, and helps to bridge the gaps between the excellent cold open and the series of solid action sequences strewn throughout the film. The film makes solid use of its Egyptian setting in a tense little standoff between 007, XXX and Jaws, as well as the immaculate…
An inexplicably well-regarded Bond flick that, while not quite plumbing the lows of Diamond Are Forever, is easily the most boring Bond film up to this point.
Where to begin? There's little action and most of it is directed in a pedestrian style, the pacing is incredibly lethargic, the Bond girls and villain are both pretty forgettable, the weird disco score, and the fact that several key action sequences aren't backed by a score, which is just weird. Also, though Jaws is an iconic villain, he's just pretty goofy at the end of the day; allowing him to be seen running on numerous occasions was a big mistake. It just makes him impossible to take seriously.
Moore does a fine job and the cinematography and song are both pretty good, but I don't really see how it's so popular.
Jaws used to terrify me when I was younger, so this is one of the most memorable Bond films for me.
"Nobody does it better..." or so the song says. While that may not technically true, there never was a time when Roger Moore was better as James Bond than this particular film.
This film is often cited as one of the best Bond films overall, and far and away as the best film with Roger Moore in the super spy role. It's hard to disagree with that point of view. The Spy Who Loved Me takes itself a fair bit more seriously (for the first two acts at least) then either of its predecessors, and Moore now feels completely at home in the role three films in.
This film actually has a lot in common with From Russia with Love…
Pros: The debut of Jaws, the absence of Guy Hamilton, the strength of Barbara Bach's "Agent XXX," Ken Adam's massive sets - possibly the largest he ever crafted, in particular Stromberg's "Atlantis" - one of the top 2 Bond themes ever (paired with a movie that actually deserves it), stunning location work in Egypt - particularly amongst the pyramids, the color pallet is MUCH less grungy than the previous three films - there's a glossy sheen to this one that gives it an air of production value I almost didn't realize was absent from the comparatively-1970s-television-esque Guy Hamilton trilogy, a legitimately compelling plot that's actually fairly well-drawn (something absent even from some of the Connery Bond films), and most important…
One of the better Moore Bonds, either the cheese knob not dial quite so high.
8.5/10. Moore's finest.
Barbara Bach is super boring, and Carly Simon is a terrible choice.
But this is still one of the best Bond Films of the Bunch®.
The 1977 effort wasn't anywhere near as bad as I remembered it. The villain was ultra-cheesy and therefore hilarious, at times and no different to Myers' Dr. Evil. The action was cool, and especially the ultra-dated synth soundtrack.
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