A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
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
"The Spy Who Loved Me" was the tenth James Bond novel to be written by Ian Fleming. It was first published on April 18, 1962. The only common story elements between the novel and the film are its title, and henchmen Jaws and Sandor, who are loosely inspired by the book's villains Horror (with steel-capped teeth) and Slugsy (short and bald). The film is considered the first Bond film, whose story is completely original (the second was GoldenEye (1995)). Fleming only allowed the novel's title to be used, as it was told in the first person of a Bond girl character, with Bond himself only appearing in chapters ten through fourteen out of fifteen. The names of the heroine (Vivienne Michel) and the villains' employer (Mr. Saguinetti) are not mentioned in the movie. The novelization of the film by Screenwriter Christopher Wood was called "James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me" to distinguish it from Fleming's novel. This was the first novelization of a Bond film, rather than the other way around. Some later Bond movies, such as Moonraker (1979), A View to a Kill (1985), and Quantum of Solace (2008), followed the example of using one of Fleming's titles, and creating a wholly, or mostly new story for it. See more »
On Major Anya Amasova's shoulder rank boards there is a star and a single red stripe in the middle. The rank board of a Soviet Army Major is supposed to have a star between two stripes running along the length of the board. See more »
"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 »
The Best of the Roger Moore Era, and One of the Best of the Entire Series
This was a spectacular addition to the series and, in my opinion, the best James Bond film since "Goldfinger." It completely washes the bad taste of "The Man With The Golden Gun" out of your mouth.
Roger Moore has perfected his take as James Bond by this outing. He is suave, sophisticated, and delivers the one-liners with aplomb. He is proving to be a worthy successor to Connery. He also doesn't try to be Connery, which is a very good thing.
Anya Amasova/XXX, played by Barbara Bach is one of the very best Bond girls. Her Russian accent is incredibly fake, but she's so beautiful and has such an engaging personality that I didn't mind it. She had great chemistry with Moore.
The plot, while essentially a reworking of "You Only Live Twice," is very fun and engaging and Lewis Gilbert (the director of "Twice"), continues his style of crafting big, epic set pieces that leave you in amazement.
Carl Stromberg is a pretty awesome villain, but he is completely overshadowed by his henchmen. Jaws is a classic villain. He is super intimidating and is pretty much invincible. Bond is never quite able to put him away. He even kills a shark. Oh, my!
The action is almost non-stop and keeps you on the edge of your seat. For instance, we get to see a thrilling chase with Bond using the Lotus Esperit, the best Bond vehicle ever next to the Aston Martin, and there are many tense fight scenes with Jaws and a heck of a climax at Stromberg's lair. Let's also not forget the opening sequence with Bond skiing off a cliff. Crazy.
A fantastic addition to the series very much deserving of its classic status. Arguably Moore's best Bond film (just a hair ahead of "For Your Eyes Only"), and one of the very best of the series as well. As Carly Simon says in the wonderful theme song, "Nobody does it better" than James Bond.
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