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
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| 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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Trivia

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.


Quotes

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.


Goofs

In the escape pod XXX is seen wearing bright red lipstick when she threatens to kill Bond. After they start kissing and upon their discovery by M, Q, etc she's got clean lips. Even a torrid make-out session wouldn't remove it all that quickly.


Crazy Credits

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


Alternate Versions

Cut in Sweden (about 90 sec) when released theatrically. Some of the cuts are when Bond fights with Sandor, Bond fights with Jaws on the train, a fight by the pyramid and when Bond kills Stromberg.


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Bond 77
Music by
Monty Norman
Arrangement by Marvin Hamlisch

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Action | Adventure | Thriller

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