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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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submarine | british | jaws | teeth | sea | See more »

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It's the BIGGEST. It's the BEST. It's BOND. And B-E-Y-O-N-D. See more »


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3 August 1977 (USA)  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$46,800,000 (USA)
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Ken Adam's crew constructed a 70ft long model of Stromberg's supertanker. See more »

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The Lotus goes underwater, and "transforms" into a submarine. The bottom of the car changes without explanation. The tires get pulled in, they are each replaced by a completely flat white panel. It cuts to another shot where the panels are not flat at all, but have retractable "fins." It also becomes clear there would not have been room enough for both the tires and the retractable fins in the same wheel well. See more »

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HMS Ranger Navigator: Captain wants to keep 500 feet.
Young officer, HMS Ranger: [over PA] Maneuvering, Control. Come in shallow to 500 feet.
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Crazy Credits

"THE END of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME JAMES BOND will return in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY" - though in fact the next film in the series was switched to Moonraker in light of the success of sci-fi movie Star Wars. Thus Moonraker went unannounced and For Your Eyes Only was promised twice. For the other incidence in the series of the next film being announced in error, see Octopussy. See more »

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Nobody Does It Better
The Theme from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Performed by Carly Simon
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Composed by Marvin Hamlisch
Arranged by Richard Hewson
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Exceptionally good Bond film
20 January 2003 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

Just like the highly disappointing "Die another day" is a regrettable class example of how to do everything in a James Bond film completely wrong, legendary "The Spy who loved me" is a prototype of a perfect 007 adventure. Everything seems to work here.

First of all this was the first Bond movie that really showed what a modern pre-credits sequence should look like. After all in Roger Moore's first two flicks "Live and let die" and "The Man with the golden gun" we don't even see 007 until after the credits.

From the opening ski chase to the underwater car, stunts are amazing. In many ways this has to be one of the most imaginative Bonds. Story is excellent, especially because it doesn't only deal with Stromberg's evil plot against the unaware world but because it has a pleasant little sideplot about 007's relationship with Major Anya Amasova.

Villains are of course splendid, why should I even bother to mention that (almost literally) larger-than-life character Jaws is perhaps the most beloved bad guy James Bond has ever been against with. Curd Jürgens also gives a magnificent performance as the insane mastermind Stromberg.

I'm one of the people who thinks that in the end Sean Connery is the one and only true James Bond. Nevertheless, "The Spy who loved me" is still better than some of Connery's Bond movies. At least it surpasses "From Russia with love", "Thunderball" and "Diamonds are forever" and I must admit these films are most terrific experiences too.

Everyone should see this film, not only the big Bond fanatics. Why? Simply because "The Spy who loved me" is not only a significant film in the movie series, it's much more than that. It's an important part of the pop culture.


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