The Spy Who Loved Me

1977

Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82% · 61 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77% · 50K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.0/10 10 116575 116.6K

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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.


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Reviewed by Horst_In_Translation 8 / 10

Perhaps my favorite 007 movie starring Roger Moore, not just because of him, but also because of brilliant choices for the main antagonist, biggest henchman and Bond girl

"The Spy Who Loved Me" (these words are spoken by Bond and a bit of a spoiler this title, but come on, of course she falls for 007) is a British movie from 1977, so this one is almost 45 years old now and of course these slightly over two hours are another James Bond film. For director Lewis Gilbert, it was far from his only Bond movie and the two writers, especially Richard Maibaum, worked on other 007 installments as well. As you can read in the title of my review, this is another film starring Roger Moore. His third I believe and although he turned 50 already the year this one was released, it was not even close to the end of his years as Bond. He was perhaps the one who loved the role the most and who is perhaps associated with Bond more than all the others. I mean Connery won an Oscar for another movie. Lazenby not too many remember although they should and the more recent Bond actors have all been in other pretty famous projects. Anyway, again from the title of my review you can see that I totally enjoyed this one here. It has many many great moments and scenes. First of all, it is also interesting from a political perspective with how the conflict between the East and the West is a crucial aspect here, even if they join forces in all kinds of different ways to go up against the real villain here. Let's start chronological though. The scene in the snow (obviously, even there is a physical link to all the water aspects later on, it's just a different state of matter) early on is a real highlight, most of all because of how they led us towards the British flag parachute that turns into the opening with Carly Simon's title song, for once a song that does not carry the name of the film's title, even if the title appears in the song as well. I like this one. I know I say this a lot, but it is one of my favorite Bond songs. It was also nominated for an Oscar, but sadly did not win. I also like the very different version we hear briefly at the very end of the movie. Shame it is so difficult to find out who sings that one. Also the tune is used a couple more times throughout the film and it works very well when it was included like that.

Anyway, this film was nominated for three Oscars in total and the two non-song nominations it lost to "Star Wars", so you can roughly estimate when this one came out. Back to the snow scenes early on: These also have crucial story significance because of one guy that is killed by Bond and his connection with a Soviet agent we meet later on. If there is any flaw to this film, then maybe it is this for me. The coincidence was really really big there that it is exactly this guy. It's alright though. I have to dig really deep here to find criticisms. There is one girl right at the start of the film that spends time with Bond in the ski lodge, but we find out she is as much of an antagonist as the woman who takes Bond to the villain's hideout and who later appears as a helicopter pilot, almost like an early Xenia Onatopp. That sequence was pretty cool when we see Bond take out enemies on a motorcycle, a car and said helicopter in a row. But what I actually wanted to say is that you have to dig really deep here for Bond girls. These two I mentioned are very minor because there is one very major Bond girl and that one is indeed a major, namely in terms of military rank. I am speaking of course about Barbara Bach's character. She is amazing I think. It was by far not the first time I watched this movie, but I did not remember her to be this stunning. Fun introduction too when we are led to believe that the guy she is sleeping with is the skilled Soviet agent. Actually her character is sometimes even on par with Bond, like when she shows him his favorite cigarette brand to acquire the crucial item for herself. Also I see she has been married for decades to Beatle Ringo Starr. Lucky guy he is. I must emphasize here as well how there has been a lot of talk recently that it could be time for the first female 007, even if it probably won't happen yet with whoever comes after Craig, but I really hope that whoever will be said female 007, they will at least be half as good as Bach in this film.

Another reason why I liked this film a lot are the villains. Jaws is a legend in my opinion. I still wonder: Where was the other bad guy who is instructed by Stromberg to do exactly as Jaws says. He vanished. It's okay though. Jaws is more than good enough on his own. The fact that Richard Kiel (rip) does not say one word in this movie just adds to the awesomeness and in my opinion he is the one character who is the very best and most memorable antagonist from the entire franchise if we exclude main antagonists and only talk about henchmen. How he gets out of one dangerous situation after the next (the ruins crashing down on him, the car crash with the guy who watched him afterwards, running into Bond at the Pyramids (by the way they could not have included Egypt in a better way, maybe a bit mean, but there is very little except the Pyramids, but they are the perfect location for the scene they were used for) , the shark fight, the train exit, the long swim eventually) is just so entertaining to watch. His fights with Bond are also very much worth it. Also the technical aspects. The lamp scene. The big magnet at the end is pretty epic. By the way, I just mentioned the scene when he runs into the armed Bond for the first time. Look at the parallel there how Bond stands outside when Jaws exits and a minute later how Bond exits and Amasova stands outside. Back to Jaws, I am glad they brought him back for "Moonraker", where, if I remember correctly, he is much more friendly. Also, even if he is an antagonist here, you could see how he somewhat respected Bond for standing up to him, especially after the train scene. With Moore, there is also always comedy like how he says something that Jaws was just there to grab a quick bite or something like that after the train sequence. The Moore movies are funnier than most of the other 007 films. Mostly because of him, but also because of supporting characters. Or even really minor characters like the guy who looks at Bond with his unique face expression when Bond says it's the first time he defuses such a bomb. The comment about the coffin was also exactly my kind of humor. Anyway, I am drifting away again. There is so much quality in this film to talk about. The villains, yes. It worked so well with Fröbe over a decade earlier, so they cast another older German actor to play the main villain this time. Hard to imagine that Curd Jürgens was only slightly over a decade older than Moore. I think he was a good villain. His brief first meeting with Bond was fine, same is true about how he is killed with the firearm under the table that is turned against him. His scene with the assistant being sent to the sharks as a surprise was pretty memorable as well, not that it helped the other two guys there. They did not die there, but they also did not make it out alive. The elevator down to the shark was a really cool idea anyway. I love how they played with the audience wondering just like the men about to enter the elevator if he is going to kill them too. The fear in their eyes and the tension of this moment were almost tangible.

In terms of technical aspects, this film delivers for sure. This also has to do with Q being a part of this film again. He was not in the first and barely in the second Moore movie, so really nice to see him featured more strongly this time. Also pay attention to how Amasova knows and says his real name and also Stromberg's exact location. Only a Bond girl with class would do so. As for Stromberg (funny name given the German version of "The Office"), while his megalomaniac, almost God-like, plans were insane (I wonder how he got all these people to help him), I liked the idea of his pro-nature tendencies. But his truest comment was probably how we know so little about the depth of the ocean, but yet we are so crazy about exploring space. Well, not today anymore, but back then for sure. Just look at the moon landing hype. Look at "Moonraker" immediately afterwards. This film immediately confirms Stromberg's words. The scenes at his headquarter with the two big groups of people going against each other were still among the film's weaker moments. How we see the radar with those two big bombs clashing was pretty nice though. Looked so simple, yet such major impact. I just wonder why Bond was defusing this other bomb earlier, maybe really for the entertainment value I mentioned already. As for the really lengthy fight sequence, it is a prime example of how Bond is not a lone wolf, but a sublime leader. He often has big groups of people supporting him (at least in the older films, just remember the Asian-themed Connery movie), but when it is all about the crucial events, like rescuing Amasova at the end, he is on his own. And he does not need anybody else to get the job done. It feels realistic I must say, more realistic than if he was always on his own throughout the entire film. Okay sorry, maybe there is not too much focus in my review this time and it is a bit all over the place, but I still hope you enjoyed my thoughts on this movie. I would like to end it with the amazingly mesmerizing Bach/Amasova and I thought with the happy ending here, it was a bit sad her story was over and Bond was out looking for new girls in "Moonraker". But hey, Bond is Bond, a tiger is a tiger, not a lamb. And this movie here is a tiger as majestic as it gets. I highly recommend checking it out. Fat thumbs-up for all the amazing aspects that turned this into such a quality piece. Oh yes and even I as somebody who really does not care about techhnical gadgets enjoyed the submarine car and the people's faces on the beach! Now what are you waiting for? Watch this very ocean-themed Bond film as soon as possible. Also gets better all the time on rewatch. A heavenly film.

Reviewed by Prismark10 10 / 10

Keeping the British end up

The first Bond film I watched in the cinema and maybe one of the most audacious Bond movies made so far starting with a pre credit sequence where Bond skis off a cliff and then unfurls a Union Jack parachute. Nobody does it better even with a disco infused James Bond theme.

In the spirit of detente Bond (Roger Moore) is teamed up with beautiful Russian agent Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) to solve the mysterious disappearance of a British and Soviet nuclear submarines.

Their adventures lead to the underwater lair of megalomaniac Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens) an elegant psychopath who wants to create an underwater empire with a much reduced world population.

However Anya also has an agenda to kill Bond as he killed a fellow KGB agent who was also her boyfriend.

Hot on their heels is the indestructible deadly henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel) with teeth of steel. There is also the beautiful Naomi, Stromberg's scantily clad assistant who pursues Bond in a helicopter.

The film has it all. Director Lewis Gilbert added an element of fantasy to Bond and was also inspired by what was big in the cinema. None bigger at that time than the film Jaws, so why not have killer sharks and a killer assassin called Jaws.

Gilbert also makes great use of international locations such as Egypt with allusions to Lawrence of Arabia. Then there are the gadgets such as the amphibious Lotus which can also fire a missile or the digital watch which transmits information by ticker tape.

The art direction and the sets built for this film are magnificent which rightly deserved their Oscar nomination.

More importantly, Moore feels comfortable in the role. He delivers action as well as the quips.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 7 / 10

Everyone Kind Of Resents Jurgens Marineland Earth He's Got Planned

Roger Moore as James Bond has got another assignment involving the fate of the whole world. British Intelligence never gives him anything less. This time he's investigating this disappearance of both British and American nuclear powered submarines while on duty with no trace at all.

The evil genius behind it all is Curt Jurgens playing the role of an Onassis type billionaire shipping magnate who wants the world made to order for him. And in this case he believes mankind should start all over again in an undersea world which of course he will run. Just another case of a guy with all the money in the world thinking that entitles him to decide how everyone else should live and behave. Jurgens has the resources to make it stick unless 007 can do something about it.

With both the Russians and the British working on this, the powers that be which in this case is General Walter Gotell of the Soviet KGB and M of course played by Bernard Lee have decided to stop working against each other. In this case it means Moore working with beautiful Russian agent Barbara Bach and you know of course she'll be Bondified before the film is over.

Probably up to this point the most dangerous foe that James Bond ever faced was Odd Job in You Only Live Twice. But when Richard Kiel as Jaws made his appearance, he took that title away and retired the crown as far as I'm concerned. That is one menacing dude, 7'2" with a mouth full of steel teeth that finish off most people. Of course 007 ain't most people.

The Spy Who Loved Me garnered three Oscar nominations for Best Musical Score for Marvin Hamlisch and for Best Song with Nobody Does It Better for Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager and one for Art&Set Direction. I'm not sure, but this might be the most recognition the Motion Picture Academy gave a Bond film.

And this film review is dedicated to Tom Golisano, another megalomaniac billionaire who thinks he ought to be running things. We're well used to the type in my area.

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