The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Ever Get the Feeling That Someone Doesn't Like You?
Warning: this review does contain a few vague spoilers.
The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth James Bond film, starring Roger Moore as James Bond, Barbara Bach, and Curd Jürgens. While investigating the disappearance of nuclear submarines, 007 teams up with Russian Agent XXX as he discovers a much larger and destructive plot is afoot.
This movie is undoubtedly my favourite of all the Roger Moore era Bond movies, and with how much I love the previous two, that should say something. It has it all – a plot wrapped in mystery, a powerful villain, lots of action, amazing stunts, and even a strong female lead to accompany our hero! Yet, it's still the fantasy-style Bond with wild and crazy ideas, gadgets that inspire, ridiculous enemies, and far-fetched scenes. It has the best of the Sean Connery era and everything we love in the Roger Moore era!
Even before the opening sequence, it was obvious that The Spy Who Loved Me was going to be a wild ride. The action just never stopped as he travelled around the world in search for the truth. And with the plot shrouded in secrecy, there was no telling which location the action would take him next. The movie always gave us the perfect amount of information to keep the plot alive, then threw us back into the excitement. You couldn't ask for better pacing, especially in the 1970s.
It didn't help that the villain was a maniacal genius. I doubt his plans would have ever reached his goal, but they were certainly well designed. If it wasn't for the stupidity of some of his officers, and Bond's involvement, he definitely would have been on his way to making his dreams happen. Previous villains never got this close! Plus, how could he know that two tiny little thefts would cause two opposing sides to work together and send their best agents after him?
Okay, maybe calling Major Anya Amasova, Agent XXX, Russia's best agent would be an insult, but that's kinda how the film portrays her, so we'll go with it. She may not be the shining example of strong women in movies, especially lately, but Anya was a massive shift from what we've seen before. Hell, she could probably take out all Bond's earlier partners before they would even notice she was after them.
Of course, The Spy Who Loved Me wouldn't have been the same without Jaws. Why this character didn't get a major role in all the other movies is beyond me. Sure, he may not have been the smartest character, but he is definitely the best match for Bond's abilities. His strength and unique abilities were brilliant!
Just don't miss this movie! Most James Bond fans will point to this movie as their favourite, and for so many reasons. It even inspired several other movies, not to mention the parodies. If only all the 007 movies were as great...
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