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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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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.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Christopher Wood (screenplay), Richard Maibaum (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... James Bond
Barbara Bach ... Maj. Anya Amasova / Agent XXX
Curd Jürgens ... Karl Stromberg (as Curt Jurgens)
Richard Kiel ... Jaws
Caroline Munro ... Naomi
Walter Gotell ... Gen. Anatol Gogol
Geoffrey Keen ... Sir Frederick Gray
Bernard Lee ... M
George Baker ... Capt. Benson
Michael Billington ... Sergei Barsov
Olga Bisera Olga Bisera ... Felicca
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
Edward de Souza ... Sheikh Hosein (as Edward De Souza)
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Max Kalba
Valerie Leon ... Hotel Receptionist
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Storyline

James Bond is back again and his new mission is to find out how a Royal Navy Polaris submarine holding sixteen nuclear warheads simply disappeared while on patrol. Bond joins Major Anya Amasova and takes on a a web-handed mastermind, known as Karl Stromberg, as well as his henchman Jaws, who has a mouthful of metal teeth. Bond must track down the location of the missing submarine before the warheads are fired. Written by simon

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

3 August 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spy Who Loved Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$46,838,673

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,838,673
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints, original release)| 4-Track Stereo (London premiere print)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The only James Bond movie in which M's (Bernard Lee) first name (Miles) is said. His name was said to be Admiral Sir Miles Messervy in the novel "The Man with the Golden Gun". It is only the second time in the film franchise that M calls Bond by his first name James, and not 007 or Bond (the first was On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)). Q is referred to by his real name (Major Geoffrey Boothroyd) in Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963). See more »

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They travel from Cairo to Sardinia by overnight sleeper train. Not impossible, provided you're happy to go through Sinai, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, across the Bosphorus, through Greece, the former Yugoslavia, down Italy and then catch a ferry. Or alternatively through Libya, Tunisia and across the Med. But, since they're trying to avert nuclear armageddon, flying might be a bit quicker. See more »

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[first lines]
HMS Ranger Navigator: Captain wants to keep 500 feet.
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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. See more »

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Piano Concerto No. 21 'Elvira Madigan' Andante
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Commander James Bond, recruited to the British Secret Service from the Royal Navy. License to kill and has done so on numerous occasions.
2 June 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Spy Who Loved Me is directed by Lewis Gilbert and adapted to screenplay by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum from the novel written by Ian Fleming. It stars Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curt Jurgens, Richard Kiel and Walter Gotell. Music is scored by Marvin Hamlisch and cinematography by Claude Renoir.

Bond 10. Allied and Soviet nuclear submarines are mysteriously disappearing from the waters and causing friction between the nations. MI6 and the KGB have a notion that a third party is responsible and stirring up trouble for their own nefarious means. 007 is partnered with Soviet spy Major Anya Amasova (Agent XXX) and the pair are tasked with getting to the bottom of the plot before the crisis escalates.

During the whole run of the James Bond franchise there have been a few occasions when it was felt it had run out of steam. 1977 and on the back of the mediocre reception and by Bond standards the poor box office return of The Man with the Golden Gun, now was one such time. With producer Albert Broccoli striking out on his own, the stakes were high, but with a determined vision forming in his head and a near $14 million budget to work from courtesy of United Artists, Broccoli went big, and it worked magnificently. The Spy Who Loved Me is Moore's best Bond film, not necessarily his best Bond performance, but as a movie it's near faultless, it gets all the main ingredients right. Gadgets and humour were previously uneasy accompaniments to James Bond as a man, but here they serve to enhance his persona, never taking away his tough bastard edge. The suspense and high drama is back, for the first time in a Roger Moore Bond film things are played right, we don't think we are watching an action comedy, but an action adventure movie, what little lines of humour are here are subtle, not overt and taking away from the dramatic thrust.

For production value it's one of the best. Brocoli instructed the great Ken Adam to go build the 007 Stage at Pinewood so as to achieve their vision for The Spy Who Loved Me. At the time it became the biggest sound stage in the world. With such space to work from, Adam excels himself to produce the interior of the Liparus Supertanker, the home for a brilliant battle in the final quarter. Vehicles feature prominently, the amphibious Lotus Esprit moved quickly into Bond folklore, rocket firing bikes and mini-subs, helicopter, speedboat, escape pod, wet-bike and on it goes. Then there's Stromberg's Atlantis home, a wonderfully War of the Worlds type design for the outer, an underwater aquarium for the inner. Glorious locations are key, also, Egypt, Sardinia, Scotland and the Bahamas are colourful treats courtesy of Renoir's photography. Underwater scenes also grabbing the attention with some conviction.

The film also features a great cast that are led by a handsome, and in great shape, Moore. Barbara Bach (Triple X) is not only one of the most beautiful Bond girls ever, she's expertly portraying a femme of substance, intelligent, brave and committed to the cause, she is very much an equal to Bond, and we like that. The accent may be a shaky, but it's forgivable when judging Bach's impact on the picture. Jurgens as Stromberg is a witty villain, but he oozes despotic badness, sitting there in his underwater lair deliciously planning to start a new underwater world. Kiel as Jaws, the man with metal teeth, he too moved into Bond folklore, a scary creation clinically realised by the hulking Kiel. Gotell as Gogol is a presence and Caroline Munro as Naomi is memorable, while Bernard Lee's M and Desmond Llewelyn's Q get wonderful scenes of worth. They forgot to give poor Moneypenney something to chew on, but in the main it comes over that the makers were reawakened to what made Bond films great in the first place. There's even a candidate for best title song as well, Nobody Does it Better, delivered so magically by Carly Simon.

The grand vision paid off, handsomely. It raked in just over $185 million at the world box office, some $87 million more than The Man with the Golden Gun. Not bad considering it was up against a record breaking Star Wars. Critics and fans, too, were pleased. It's not perfect. It's ironic that director Lewis Gilbert returned for his second Bond assignment, because this does feel like a rehash of his first, You Only Live Twice, only bigger and better. Hamlisch underscores it at times and John Barry's absence is felt there. While if we are being particularly harsh? Then Stromberg could perhaps have been a more pro-active villain? He makes a telling mark, we know he's a mad dastard, but he only really sits around giving orders and pushing death dealing buttons. But small complaints that fail to stop this Bond from being one of the best. Hey, we even get an acknowledgement that Bond was once married, and the response from Bond is respectful to that dramatic part of his past. 9/10


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