The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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8.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 9/10

Jaws, underwater cars, jet-skis, everything you want in a James Bond film

Roger Moore isn't necessarily for everyone

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  The Spy Who Loved Me

Studio:  Danjaq/Eon Productions

Genre(s):  Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  July 7, 1977

MPAA Rating:  PG

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So am I the spy who loved you or are you the spy who loved me?

A Soviet nuclear submarine and a British nuclear submarine disappear in the middle of the ocean.  Both governments have sent out agents to find the source of the robbery.  Dispatched by the Soviets is Agent Triple-X Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), a woman who has just lost her love on a mission, and by the British, Agent 007 James Bond (Roger Moore).  With Agent Triple-X and 007 on the trail of an ocean obsessed Karl Stromberg (Curd Jurgens), Bond and Triple-X must work together to bring Stromberg down, but can the team-up continue when it is revealed that Bond is responsible for Triple-X’s lover’s death?

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This will cost you your deductible.

Directed by Lewis Gilbert, The Spy Who Loved Me was the tenth film in the Bond franchise and uses the title of 1962 Ian Fleming novel but none of the plot.  Following The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974, The Spy Who Loved Me was well received.  The movie’s theme song “Nobody Does It Better” was performed by Carly Simon and the first Bond song not titled after the movie.  “Nobody Does It Better” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song and the film also received nominations for Best Music and Best Art Direction.

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Jaws…I love you too…

The Spy Who Loved Me is a rather entertaining entry in the Bond series.  Unlike some of Moore’s other Bond films, this film seems to be less humor and more action.  The film has what you want from a Bond film with exotic locations, supervillains, high tech gadgets, and attractive women.

The film went through a lot of changes while trying to make it to the screen.  Stromberg (who if you look closely has webbed hands) was originally going to be Blofeld, but rights problems caused the switch (SPECTRE was also tied up in a rights battle with Thunderball cowriter Kevin McClory).  The film also struggled to find a director and considered Steven Spielberg who was making Jaws at the time.  Despite the problems, this turned into one of the better Bonds.

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Meanwhile, back at the Legion fo Doom…

The movie has a lot of classic Bond scenes.  Be it battle with the awesome Jaws (who was intended to die but lived to return in Moonraker), the submersible Lotus Esprit, the jet-ski, or the opening skiing sequence which has Bond parachuting to safety with a Union Jack parachute, The Spy Who Loved Me has some great fight scenes.  I even love Stromberg’s underwater base which is so over-the-top and bizarre looking that it works (and it looks the Legion of Doom’s base from Super Friends).

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Oh yeah…early jet-ski action!

Moore and Bach also really work well together.  The team-up between enemy spies often works well for the series, and I like it hen Bond has a bit of an equal in his “girl”.  It might be a bit unrealistic that Triple X gives up her vendetta to kill Bond at the end of the film, but it works for the movie.  There were plans to bring back Bach for a cameo in Moonraker, but plans were scrapped.

The Spy Who Loved Me is my favorite Roger Moore Bond (along with many fans and critics).  I sometimes do enjoy some of Moore’s “bad” Bonds, but this film is the most balanced of his films.  The Spy Who Loved Me was followed by Moonraker in 1979 (despite a claim at the end of the film that it would be followed by For Your Eyes Only).

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Preceded By:

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

Followed By:

Moonraker (1979)

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
Follow me on Twitter @JPRoscoe76! Loves all things pop-culture especially if it has a bit of a counter-culture twist. Plays video games (basically from the start when a neighbor brought home an Atari 2600), comic loving (for almost 30 years), and a true critic of movies. Enjoys the art house but also isn't afraid to let in one or two popular movies at the same time.

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