The Spy who Loved Me

When a massive underwater craft abducts U.S. and Russian submarines armed with nuclear weapons, global tensions are heightened to the brink of war. In order to find the true culprit, James Bond (Rodger Moore) joins forces with an unlikely ally the ravishingly beautiful Russian agent Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach).  Together they follow a trail that leads to Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens), a powerful shipping magnate who is implementing a horrific scheme for a new world order via mass genocide and the building of a new society, this time underwater. Alongside Stromberg lurks most lethal adversary Jaws (Richard Kiel), a seemingly immortal metal mouthed towering colossus. British and Soviet agents must work together to recover the missing warheads and avert world war three.

Ian Flemings’  1962 novel “The Spy who Loved Me” had a clause in it that meant that no part of it could be adapted into a screen play, so The Spy Who Loved me movie only shares the name and characters.   Writers Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum create an impressive screenplay for bond with action, suspense and an opening credits was one of the most jaw dropping of the series so far, full of silhouetted naked lady’s running around that leave very little to the imagination, it was only carefully places credits that covered these girls up.  Definitely the most risqué opening titles to date.  Bond Girl Barbara Bach is an incredible Bond girl, playing agent Anya Amasova “XXX” she is not only outstandingly beautiful but also Bonds equal in many ways, portraying a stronger more dominant role than the numerous hordes adoring bond girls.  Q (Desmond Llewelyn) is on hand once again to give Bond all the gadgets he will need to successfully complete the mission, we also get a sneak peek behind M(Bernard Lee) whose real name is Miles.  Jaws! 7’2″ Richard Kiel, a shark-eating man with steel teeth is one of the most formidable villains that Bond has been pitted against so far, I remember being scared as a kid watching him.  The theme song “Nobody Does it better” composed by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager and performed by Carly Simon is one of my favourites.   I love the lyrics and the tune, it all just fits.  It is actually the first time that the theme song focuses on 007, not the villain. More relaxed with the press than any of his previous colleagues had been Rodger is able to respond with a light touch and is quoted to be happy with the typecasting as Bond because it means he’s doing something right.  Rodger also separated himself from the character or was able to much more than his counterparts where allowed to, this all adds up to a more relaxed time as 007 which is maybe why he was able to go for such a long run!

Why did I choose this movie, well it one of my favourites of the Moore era and with Rodgers third run at the super spy 007 he finally comes into his own.  Rather than being forced to resemble Sean Connery’s Bond the filmmakers shift focus to make Rodgers portrayal more like the books.   It is also one that I remember most as a young child watching with my younger brother.  The Spy who Loved Me in many ways created its own mould for Bond.  Not only that of Rodger Moore’s portrayal of a .  However it’s the opening credits that set it aside from all Bonds up until and for many after that point.  The body count jumps to 31 Bond kills, but the innumerable henchmen that Bond departs does not bring a darkness to the proceedings.  Nobody does it better than Bond, and he proves it once more in this enormously entertaining action packed enthralling escapade! Roger Moore’s Bond is a gadget filled super spy with wit, style, and steely determination….James Bond will return in Moonraker

 My Rating: B
Format: DVD
I Own This Movie
Artwork by: The Minimal Bond


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