The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Article 4508 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-18-2014
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Featuring Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jurgens
Country: UK
What it is: James Bond movie

When a British and a Russian submarine disappear, James Bond is sent out on a mission to get a hold of the plans for the machine that was used to locate the submarines. However, a female Russian agent is also after the same plans.

I haven’t seen all of them yet, but of the ones I’ve seen, this is easily my favorite of the Roger Moore Bond movies. It’s heavier on the science fiction gadgetry than many of the others, it’s one of the most visually attractive of the series, and Jaws (as played by Richard Kiel) is one of the most memorable henchmen in the whole Bond series. I particularly like atmosphere of the first third of the movie in Egypt; the scenery is breathtaking, and the scenes with Jaws have an almost horror feeling to them. Things get a little sillier as the movie progresses, and it all runs on a bit too long, but it’s nice to see Milton Reid pop up as another henchman, and it’s always a treat to see Caroline Munro. I couldn’t help but notice that the producers of the film changed their mind on what the next movie of the series would be; at the end of the film, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY was announced, but MOONRAKER would be the next one made. All in all, this was one of the more satisfying movies from the franchise.


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