REVIEW: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

tswlm-posterJames Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with KGB agent Major Anya Amasova aka Agent XXX (Barbara Bach) to investigate the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads.

Jaws (Richard Kiel) is one of the best villains in the series, though I suppose technically he is a henchman as he works for Karl Stromberg (Curd Jürgens). Jaws is a bit like the Terminator – he is strong, near-indestructible, doesn’t let anything stand in his way and he of course has metal teeth. He is an imposing figure and definitely a great adversary for Bond and stole every scene he was in.

Karl Stromberg didn’t seem that much of a threatening villain when compared to his henchman Jaws, which is unfortunate as a lot of the other elements to the film were pretty great.

Anya Amasova was a pretty great Bond Girl as she was just as smart and skilled as Bond and also you didn’t know if you could trust her for a lot of the film.

There are a lot of standout scenes in The Spy Who Loved Me, the opening ski chase was great and I liked the finale a lot as it has Russians, Americans and Brits working together to defeat the bad guy – definitely a nice message during the Cold War.

The Spy Who Loved Me treads the fine line between ridiculousness (eg amphibious cars) and the serious well which makes a fun film with some great supporting characters – I think it might be my favourite Roger Moore Bond film so far. 4/5.

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5 comments

  1. I love reading review of old Bond films. Well written. The camp era of Bond films will always be looked back at affectionately by me. Perhaps I look through rose-tinted spectacles, but I just can’t deny the cheeky fun of this era.

    1. Thank you.
      I’m watching and reviewing all the Bond films from the very beginning and it’s been interesting as I’d only seen the Piers Brosnan and Daniel Craig ones before – I grew up watching the Brosnan-Bond films on TV so he was my “first Bond”.
      The Roger Moore films have certainly been rather camp and fun so far but I like how different each Bond actor and his films are to the others.

  2. The Spy Who Loved Me is one of my favourites of the Roger Moore Bond films, with a decent script, a great villain, an even greater henchman (Jaws), lovely ladies and a car that could go underwater….also a great score by Marvin Hamlisch – lots of good elements went into making this one into one of the best of the series.

    1. My favourite Roger Moore film is currently a toss up between Live and Let Die and The Spy Who Loved Me. I definitely think Jaws is the best bad guy I’ve encountered on my Bondathon so far.
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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