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The Spy Who Loved Me 1977

James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed...

Release Date:
August 3, 1977
125 min
Lewis Gilbert
Roger Moore, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, ...
Thriller, Crime, Action, ...
English, Arabic, Italian

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Imdb rating: 7.1

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Probably my 3rd favorite Bond of all time, and the best of the Roger Moore films. A great action spectacle, with some awesome, awesome stunt work.
Barbara Bach got a little annoying, but her beauty made up for her bad acting.
Jaws kicks ass.
I love James Bond. It's fun now, when watching the older Bond movies I've seen several times before, to use the films to measure the pop culture climate of the time. The series set a precedent with its first three entries, then the producers decided to just apply the Bond formula to the rest of the world. Take "The Spy Who Loved Me", number 10 in the series. In 1975, Steven Spielberg released "Jaws", and suddenly everybody was afraid of the water. Naturally, "Jaws" being the big thing, the current Bond film in production needed to capitalize on it. Why not? The movie didn't have anything to do with Ian Fleming's novel of the same name. Knowing how frightening the water is, the evil genius this time around, a fellow named Stromberg played by Curt Jurgens, has an under-water lair. He also has a habit of feeding traitorous employees to the sharks. (Loyal employees he just teases with their lives, then blows them up in helicopters.) As if the shark imagery weren't enough already, they've even come up with a villain with big metal teeth whose specialty is biting his victims' necks. His name? Jaws (Richard Kiel). Yes, wherever pop culture was headed, you could be sure James Bond was there to be a part of it. Now, as for the movie, it's not half bad. And that's being real nice for a Roger Moore effort. He is my least favorite Bond, but he does show a nice ruthlessness in this one that he hadn't yet in his previous two outings. The story is one of the more sensible one's of the Moore Era, and it contains a scene to stand up to any classic Bond scene: Bond skiing of the side of a cliff in the pre-credits sequence. Even if it's not the best movie the James Bond series has to offer, it's certainly able to stand next to most other action films of the period. By the way, regardless of what the end credits say, don't look for "For Your Eyes Only" to be the next film in the series. While that was the plan, another little movie called "Star Wars" suddenly got popular, so the Fleming titles were combed for the most spacey sounding one in order to capitalize on it.. The next Bond film to be made was "Moonraker". None of us were better off for it.
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Roger Moore is the best Bond. There, I said it. It's not by much, but I'm giving him the nod.

Connery is much better physically, and generally a better actor, but he's not the best Bond for the style of the films, in my opinion. I prefer Moore's more laid-back, mischeivous, tongue-in-cheek style. This leads me to the best of the Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me.

It's the perfect blend of the older films, and the newer ones. It has the best henchman--Jaws (Richard Kiel). A decent but solid villain in Carl Stromberg. The most beautiful Bond girl (Barbara Bach). It was also the most significantly strong role for a female in the films at the time. It has the best opening sequence when a stuntman ski's off a mountain and opens his parachute to reveal the Union Jack. It has the best theme song--"The Spy Who Loved Me" (Baby You're the Best) performed by Carly Simon. And it has one of my favorite sequences in all the films, which is the pyramid scene where Jaws kills a target while being shadowed by Bond and Bach. It's against the backdrop of the Egyptian monuments and accompanied by dramatic music being played at a show nearby.

Jacob's Ladder--I hadn't seen this film in at least a decade, so I was excited to rent it last night. It's an unusual film about a Vietnam War Veteran (Tim Robbins) that plays like a dream. The movie has a 'twist' at the end that isn't a plot device, but rather offers an explanation for what you've seen for the previous 100 minutes. It's haunting, touching, and has excellent supporting roles from Danny Aiello and the sexy Elizabeth Pena.

All The President's Men--Another great film that I hadn't seen in it's entirety in years. I almost gave it a 9, but went with the rating I would given it on my first viewing. I think the movie does two things better than any other in history.
1) Show the business of investigative reporting
2) Dialogue
In regards to (2), it isn't the brilliance of the script that makes it great, but rather the delivery by Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, and the rest of the all-star cast.

House of 1000 Corpses--What the fuck.
One of the best Bond movies.
Anyway, there's a spy in here that's called Triple X.
Yeah that's right, the franchise that says "Bond is outdated yo! We need more Xtreme sports" took its name from a Bond movie.
Go you.
Bond: Roger Moore
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Year: 1977
Favorite Scene: Ski-jump off Mt. Asgard
Rotten Tomatoes Percentage: 96%
Personal Rating: 10/10

"The Spy Who Loved Me" is considered to be Roger Moore's finest outing as the secret agent, 007. TSWLM was my first ever Moore film that I watched and I too was very impressed, despite being accustomed to the Brosnan films of my youth. There are several things that make this one of the best films of the Bond series (if not THE best); and they are the essential ingredients to a classic Bond movie.

1. Villains: Curt Jurgens plays psychopathic billionaire, Stromberg, who schemes to cover the entire world in a marine paradise by stealing nuclear submarines from the superpowers. Not only does Jurgens do a brilliant job, but he is probably the most famous villain to ever use sharks in a Bond movie to kill his victims.
Now, the most popular villain in the entire Moore era first appears here. His
name is Jaws. Yes, the seven footer with steel teeth. Richard Kiel is quite menacing as the behemoth and seems even to be tougher than the famous Oddjob of "Goldfinger". To top it all off, Moore and Kiel engage in some awesome fights scenes along the way throughout the entire movie. Many would agree that Jaws is the major highlight of the film, and I would second that. This movie definitely gets an A+ for the villain dept.

2. Location: TSWLM sports some of the best locations in the series, with such paradises like Italy, Egypt, the ocean, and even a ski jump off Canada's Mt. Asgard! Great places that feel alive in the movie.

3. Girls: Barbara Bach's performance as the Russian Agent Anya Amazova isn't exactly Oscar-worthy, but hey, she gets the job done at looking hot, and being dangerous. She actually redeems the Bond Girl character after the dreadful Miss Goodnight in the previous movie. Another famous girl is supermodel Caroline Munro, who plays henchwoman Naomi. Although she's evil, she's hot, hot, hot!

4. Action: As mentioned before, Jaws and Bond get into some destructive fight scenes that are merely icing on the cake that is the final battle scene on Stromberg's super tanker, the Liparus. I can tell you, the fights and battles in TSWLM are better than even the Brosnan action scenes.

5. Bond: Roger Moore is now finally comfortable as the one and only 007. This was his 3rd go around at the character, and he makes it his own. Forget Connery! TSWLM can really make the case that nobody does it better than Roger.

6. And finally, the car: Yes, "The Spy Who Loved Me" sports also the 2nd most famous car ever in Bond history: the Lotus Espirit. It's a sleek white car that can do an enormous amount of things, but one thing it can do that the Aston Martin DB-5 couldn't do is...go underwater! Yes, the spectacle is truly amazing because it's all REAL! It really does go underwater! An amazing piece of work.

All in all, "The Spy Who Loved Me" became one of the best recieved movies in the series, and it is still a classic to this day. You'll be amazed from the very start when Bond fends off several Russian soldiers, right up to the grand finale. A movie without flaws, only strengths.

Final Rating: 10/10 :fresh:
Not Bad.
A Romantic,Action Thriller!
James Bond: This never happened to the other fella.

Q: Right. Now pay attention, 007. I want you to take great care of this equipment. There are one or two rather special accessories...
James Bond: Q, have I ever let you down?
Q: Frequently.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

The Spy Who Loved Me was another good Bond movie and Jaws is probably tied with Oddjob (Goldfinger) as the coolest Bond villain so far. This movie also had the funniest ending of all the movies in the series so far. I really liked it and it gets an 8.
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