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James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed.

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James Bond is back again and his new mission is to find out how a Royal Navy Polaris submarine holding sixteen nuclear warheads simply disappears whilst 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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3 August 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La espía que me amó  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,800,000 (USA)
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The only James Bond movie in which M's (Bernard Lee) first name (Miles) is said. In the books, his name was said to be Admiral Sir Miles Messervy in the novel "The Man With The Golden Gun". It is only the 2nd time in the series that M calls Bond by his first name James and not 007 or Bond - the 1st was On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Q is referred to by his real name (Major Geoffrey Boothroyd), as in Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963). See more »

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When the periscope from the Wet Nellie appears, it is clearly a standard type, i.e. designed to look forward. Yet Bond sees the helicopter hovering overhead. See more »

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[first lines]
HMS Ranger Navigator: Captain wants to keep 500 feet.
Young officer, HMS Ranger: [over PA] Maneuvering, Control. Come in shallow to 500 feet.
Young officer, HMS Ranger: [to crewman] Keep 500 feet
HMS Ranger crewman: Keep 500 feet, sir.
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First opening credit sequence to incorporate specially shot footage of the actor playing James Bond (in this case, Roger Moore). See more »

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Referenced in The Making of James Bond - 007: Organising (1977) See more »

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Air on a G String
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One of Moore's finest.
18 March 2004 | by (Co Down, Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

Undeniably one of the finest James Bond films to star Roger Moore, the film has plenty of excess, top notch special effects (for 1977) anyway, the humor less overt and left over for puns and one liners, and one of the first strong and independent Bond women, paving the way for future love interests like Jinx and Wai Lin. The Spy Who Loved Me scarcely puts a foot wrong. Sure the plot is far fetched to the extreme (an underwater building and a villain looking to repopulate the earth in his underwater city), but it has plenty of charm and is frequently enjoyable. Moore looks very confident in his performance as Bond, the one liners oozing effort and confidence, showing he has hit his stride in this, his third appearance as the character. His chemistry with Barbara Bach is in full swing, despite her odd Russian accent, and the two of them make for a great on screen couple.

This is a return to the values of many of the Bond films that were missing the last time around. The extravagant sets are back, the villain has plenty of henchman for Bond and the cavalry to fight and the gadgets are in full swing. Everything from a parachute with the Union Jack on it to the Lotus with just about every conceivable gadget at Bond's disposal. The emphasis on sight gags and overt comedy is gone and replaced with moments of genuine suspense, just check out Bond having to steal the detonator of a nuclear weapon, not to mention the superb theme tune Nobody Does it Better by Carly Simon.

It's an apt song for a series that found its footing and gave its lead actor his first classic Bond film.


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