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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Stromberg (as Curt Jurgens)
Geoffrey Keen ...
Olga Bisera ...
Edward de Souza ...
Sheikh Hosein (as Edward De Souza)


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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Release Date:

3 August 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La espía que me amó  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$46,800,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This marks the first time that one actor playing 007 had filmed two different gun barrel sequences. Moore's first gun barrel sequence had served for Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) while the second one served for the rest of Moore's outings. See more »


When Bond first looks for Fekkesh, he enters his house with a buttoned jacket. He is met by a woman. Bond then looks away, the camera catches him from behind. When Bond turns around, his jacket is unbuttoned. We never see him unbuttoning it. See more »


[first lines]
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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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Crazy Credits

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Nocturne No. 8 in D-Flat, Op. 27 No. 2
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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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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