The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller

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James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.


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26 April 2015 | bankofmarquis
| Moore Comes into his own as Bond
I have to admit that I have a soft spot for this film as this is the first James Bond movie that I anticipated and then saw in a movie theater (I did see both The Man With the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die as the 2nd feature at a drive-in, but they don't count). So, I was a little apprehensive about re-watching a film that is a cherished memory.

I am happy to report that this movie holds up. From the tremendous "ski off the mountain" opening shot, through Maurice Bender's always terrific opening credits to Richard "Jaws" Kiel and villain Curt Jurgens underwater hideout, I was entertained throughout. True, this movie has to overcome some truly tremendous 1970's synth-pop soundtrack, but add in Barbara Bach's wonderful turn as Agent XXX, andyou have the quintessential Roger Moore Bond movie.

So, why is that? I think it is because Moore finally came into his own as Bond. In his third movie, Moore (and director Lewis Gilbert) dropped any attempt at Moore copying Sean Connery's roguish toughness and started cultivating Moore's natural tendency towards comedy. This comedic bent will, ultimately, overcome Moore's portrayal of Bond in future installments, but in TSWLM, they strike exactly the right tone.

Go back and checkout THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, you'll be pleasantly surprised on how good this movie is.

7 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank (of Marquis)

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Vehicles featured included a white Lotus Esprit S1 turbo sports car adaptable Perry submarine-car, which was also known by the production as "Margie Nixon" and "Wet Nellie"; an Arctic Enterprises Wetbike hydrofoil water motorcycle; Jaws' Telephone Service gray Sherpa Van; a yellow and black Kawasaki Z900 motorcycle, with black and yellow sidecar; Hovercraft Speedboat jettisoned from Atlantis; black and yellow two-seater Shark Hunter submersibles (mini wet submarines); two black-and-yellow Bell 206 JetRanger helicopters; black Ford Taunus; the Liparus oil tanker, that includes a Mini Moke; Westland HH-3 Sea King and Westland Wessex HC Mk 2 helicopters; 1977 Ford Cortina 2.3 Ghia; H.M.S. Ranger, U.S.S. Wayne, and Soviet Potemkin submarines; a Stromberg Enterprises company motorboat; a magnetic levitation Maglev monorail train inside Liparus; a small bus; and a spherical underwater escape pod for exiting Atlantis.


HMS Ranger Navigator: Captain wants to keep 500 feet.
Young officer, HMS Ranger: Maneuvering, Control. Come in shallow to 500 feet.
Young officer, HMS Ranger: Keep 500 feet.
HMS Ranger crewman: 500 feet it is, sir.


When Bond and Jaws are fighting on the train, he breaks a lamp, and uses the live wires to "electrocute" Jaws. Since Bond and Jaws are struggling and their bodies are making contact, Bond would get shocked equally as much as Jaws does.

Crazy Credits

First opening credit sequence to incorporate specially shot footage of the actor playing James Bond (in this case, Roger Moore).

Alternate Versions

US network TV broadcasts over the years have handled Bond's shooting of Stromberg differently. ABC Network prints shown in the 1980s show Bond firing twice. The June 2002 showing on ABC edited out all but the first shot. The opening credit sequence was altered by ABC since its first TV airing on November 9, 1980 where the network censored the nude silhouettes by using a section of the opening credit sequence by rolling the film in reverse. Also, the death of Stromberg's assistant has a few seconds removed depicting the shark attack in response to the ABC network airing the Steven Spielberg film Jaws during the Fall 1980 season.


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Composed by
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Action | Adventure | Thriller


Release Date:

3 August 1977


English, Italian, Arabic

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Medinet Habu Temple, Thebes, Egypt

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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