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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Spy Who Loved Me can be found here.

All of the James Bond movies are based, in some part, upon novels by British author Ian Fleming [1908-1964]. The Spy Who Loved Me is based on Fleming's 1962 novel of the same name. It was adapted for the screen by Richard Maibaum and Christopher Wood. Wood, in turn, novelized the movie in James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me, published the same year in which the movie was released (1977). The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth film in the EON Bond franchise and the third movie to feature Roger Moore as James Bond, 007.

The original novel is a completely different story. It tells the story of a troubled woman named Vivienne Michel who is in danger of being murdered by gangsters, one of whom inspired the character of Jaws. She is eventually rescued by Bond (who doesn't appear until Chapter 10).

Who sings the title song?

The Spy Who Loved Me doesn't have a title song. The song that plays over the opening credits is "Nobody Does it Better", performed by Carly Simon. The song does have one line that includes the title of the film.

Bond starts out in Austria, where he is just finishing another mission. He is then sent to Egypt in order to obtain the plans to a highly-advanced submarine tracking system that is being marketed to the highest bidder. There he meets Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) who is on a similar mission to obtain the plans for the Soviets. When the plans lead them to a rich shipping tycoon named Karl Stromberg (Curd Jürgens), who lives in an underwater "city" that he calls Atlantis, Bond and Anya are ordered by their respective superiors to go together to Sardinia to get the plans from Stromberg.

Where is Sardinia?

Sardinia is an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the western coast of Italy and south of Corsica.

Yes. As M (Bernard Lee) and his KGB counterpart, General Gogol (Walter Gotell), are about to enter a room, M says to Gogol "After you, Alexis," and Gogol replies, "After you, Miles." Assuming the two leaders know each other familiarly and aren't using made up names, it would appear that M's first name is Miles.

According to producer Michael G. Wilson on the documentary "Inside The Spy Who Loved Me", Stromberg wants to destroy mankind for polluting the oceans. An earlier version of the script had Stromberg targeting the submarine SLBMs at the world's oil fields. However, an early version of "Never Say Never Again" due to be produced around this time involved Blofeld threatening to destroy New York unless humanity stops polluting the oceans and the producer Kevin McClory sued Eon for plagiarism. Consequently, all references to pollution were removed from the script.

How does the movie end?

Stromberg captures the USS Wayne the same way he captured the Royal NavyRanger and the Soviet Potemkin submarines by knocking out their electrical power with sonar and then swallowing the entire sub inside the hold of the Liparus supertanker. He releases the first two subs with orders to destroy New York and Moscow and then takes Anya with him to Atlantis, leaving Bond behind with the other prisoners (the crew from the three captured submarines). Bond breaks loose and frees the prisoners, who overpower the crew of the Liparus. However, the control room still remains impregnable until Bond blows it open by using the detonator from one of the Wayne's nuclear torpedoes. With only three minutes until the submarines launch their warheads, Bond manages to reprogram them so that they blow up each other instead of New York and Moscow. Bond and the prisoners escape the Liparus on the Wayne and use another of its torpedoes to blow up the Liparus, sinking it completely. Orders then come from the Pentagon to blow up Atlantis, but Bond asks the captain to give him one hour so that he can rescue Anya. Bond jet-skis to Atlantis and is greeted by Stromberg, who tries first to feed Bond to his shark (but Bond straddles the elevator floor and isn't dropped into the water) and then tries to shoot him under the table (but Bond moves just in time and fires four bullets into Stromberg). He then goes looking for Anya but encounters Jaws (Richard Kiel) instead. Bond eludes Jaws by turning on an electromagnet that holds Jaws by his teeth, and Bond then drops him into the shark tank (the shark gets the worse of it). Just as Bond finds and releases Anya, the Wayne commences firing on Atlantis. As the Atlantis crumbles into the ocean, Bond and Anya are jettisoned into the water in Stromberg's escape pod, conveniently outfitted with a supply of Dom Perignon '52. Anya then points a gun at Bond, reminding him of her vow to kill him when the mission is over. Bond asks for a favor and suggests that they first get out of their wet clothes. Anya smiles, drops the gun, and goes into Bond's arms. In the final scene, Jaws can be seen swimming to shore, while the Royal Navy picks up the escape pod. Both M and Gogol look in the window and see Bond and Anya in flagrante delicto. "Bond, what do you think you're doing?" M asks. "Keeping the British end up, sir," Bond replies and pulls down the shades.

Including The Spy Who Loved Me, Moore made seven movies in which he played James Bond: Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), and A View to a Kill (1985).

He uses the detonator for the warhead which is what is termed a 'shaped charge', conventional explosive configured in such a way that it focuses its' blast in one direction. This is used to trigger the nuclear explosion of the radioactive material but by itself will easily cut through steel.

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