Friday, October 12, 2012

The Spy Who Loved Me (Lewis Gilbert, 1977) Review

This is easily one of the best. Interesting way to start a review but it's true! Live and Let Die was ok and The Man with the Golden Gun, while underrated, is no where near the best so it was high time that Roger Moore played Bond in a film that reaches the heights of previous great...ones. Why do I praise this one so much? Let's find out!

While out on patrol, a Royal Navy Polaris submarine holding sixteen nuclear warheads suddenly disappears without a trace! James Bond (Roger Moore) is joined by KGB spy Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) as they go up against the water obsessed villain, Karl Stromberg (Curd J├╝rgens). Bond and Anya must find the submarine, stop Stromberg from causing nuclear war and survive against Stromberg's henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel) before it's too late.

First things first: Jaws. He is easily one of the best henchmen in film history. Sure, Oddjob's cool but Jaws trumps him by a mile. His iconic metal teeth define 'iconic' (what?) as even people who don't know Bond probably know about Jaws...He's great! Anya is also one of the best Bond girls in the series. Stromberg is a bit bland but is still a good villain...not great but not bad.

This film also has one of the best cars in Bond history. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that cars make up the Bond series. This one features a Locus that becomes a submarine when it hits the water. It is brilliant. Any problems? Yeah. Stromberg isn't anything special. They should have used Blofeld instead. I also feel that it's a bit of a boring plot. You Only Live Twice had a similar plot and it was probably Blofeld is better...

The Spy Who Loved Me is better than other Roger Moore Bond films and other films in the series. Jaws is a great character, the Locus is a fantastic car and Anya is one of the best Bond girls. This is probably Roger Moore's best Bond film since it's not overly stupid like the other ones. Personally I prefer darker Bond films to the more comedic ones.

One of Roger Moore's bests! Introduces some great things such as Jaws and is one of the best Bond films in general.

Why is that relevent? This is why:


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