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.
After capturing a drug lord, Felix Leiter is left for dead and his wife is murdered. James Bond goes rogue and seeks vengeance on those responsible, as he infiltrates an organisation posing as a hitman.
James Bond is back again and his new mission is to find out how a Royal Navy Polaris submarine holding sixteen nuclear warheads simply disappeared while 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
Karl Stromberg (Curd Jürgens) has webbed hands, however, they often go unnoticed by viewers on video and DVD compared to when the movie was released in cinemas. A bigger image on a theater screen makes them more noticeable. In one of the later scenes you can clearly see this in a side view of his right hand. See more »
In the low-angle shot of Bond driving the WetBike towards Atlantis, a hilltop can be seen in soft focus behind him. Atlantis is supposed to be out of sight of land. See more »
First opening credit sequence to incorporate specially shot footage of the actor playing James Bond (in this case, Roger Moore). See more »
US network TV broadcasts over the years have handled Bond's shooting of Stromberg differently. ABC Network prints shown in the 1980s show Bond firing twice. The June 2002 showing on ABC edited out all but the first shot. The opening credit sequence was altered by ABC since its first TV airing on November 9, 1980 where the network censored the nude silhouettes by using a section of the opening credit sequence by rolling the film in reverse. Also, the death of Stromberg's assistant has a few seconds removed depicting the shark attack in response to the ABC network airing the Steven Spielberg film Jaws during the Fall 1980 season. See more »
While GOLDENEYE was my first exposure to the world of James Bond (the video game and then the movie), it was the Roger Moore films where I first really dove in to the series. Moore was the most productive actor to serve in the role of the legendary secret agent with seven films and, while they certainly suffer their fair share of issues, there was some real good stuff from his run. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME was probably his best film as the character. It's got a perfect blend of action and humor, the Bond girl is gorgeous and well developed, and it introduced one of the most iconic henchmen to the series. In the movie, a nuclear submarine has gone mysteriously missing from both the British and Russian navies. James Bond (Moore) is brought in when MI6 believes someone has developed a system for tracking submerged nuclear submarines and is using it for nefarious purposes. Bond's mission will force him into a partnership with Major Anya Amasova/Agent XXX of the KGB (Barbara Bach), which leads to tension when a late revelation puts the two agents at odds. Their mission will take them from the Great Pyramids in Egypt to the beautiful ocean shores of Sardinia as they investigate Karl Stromberg (Curd Jürgens), a shipping magnate with an obsession for ocean life, and his magnificent laboratory dubbed Atlantis. And it should be noted that the movie is directed by Lewis Gilbert, who was responsible for my favorite Sean Connery 007 film as well (YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE).
Roger Moore has always been considered the campiest James Bond, as his movies spent more time mugging to the camera and quipping one-liners than giving us a serious secret agent on a world-threatening assignment. With Moore, you don't want to go too far on either end of the humor spectrum, and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME fell perfectly in the center. This is Moore at his 007 best, before he got to be too old to really take seriously in the role. He's suave and serious, but he's got his moments of levity we've come to love from him (e.g. the moment when he and Amasova are attempting to escape Jaws in a utility van). His counterpart in the film is Major Amasova, played relatively well by Barbara Bach. Bach has got the beauty for the role (and then some she's absolutely stunning) but her acting feels a little stunted. I'm not sure if she was dubbed in post production (which happened a lot in the early films) or if she was just having a lot of issues with her Russian accent but her line delivery doesn't sound all that genuine. The character, on the other hand, seems better developed than some of the previous Bond women who existed solely to swoon over the hero and find themselves in danger. Amasova in essentially Bond's equal within the KGB. She's resourceful and dangerous in her own right, occasionally out-smarting Bond himself. And she's got her own motivation; in the opening sequence, Bond kills a Russian agent in a mountain ski chase with close ties to Amasova and she's not happy about it.
But enough about the heroes. Jaws (Richard Kiel) is the coolest part of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. Who doesn't love Jaws? He's one of the most iconic 007 henchmen, right up there with Oddjob from GOLDFINGER. He's the only henchmen who was beloved enough with audiences for the filmmakers to bring him back for another round in the following movie, MOONRAKER. He's a cold-blooded, silent killer with steel teeth who's method, as impractical as it must be, is biting a person's neck (Pinching off their jugular? I'm not sure there's rarely blood involved.). As threatening a presence as the 7.5' Jaws is, he's got some funny bits too. Let's face it: everyone remembers Jaws in this movie. Fewer people remember the actual villain, Karl Stromberg. And it's not because he's lame. He's just overshadowed by his hired goon. Jürgens is actually real good as Stromberg. He's certainly got some Blofeld elements to his character stoic, calculating, and egomaniacal. His plans are sort of a blend between Blofeld's in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE and Hugo Drax's in MOONRAKER. Eliminate the world's major cities and crumble society so that he can rule what remains from his beloved ocean. From the characters to the locations to the gadgets (I love the submersible Lotus!), THE SPY WHO LOVED ME is Roger Moore at the top of his game and a classic 007 film. I highly recommend it to any fans new to the series who want a good taste of what Moore can do as James Bond.
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