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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 K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Christopher Wood (screenplay), Richard Maibaum (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... James Bond
Barbara Bach ... Maj. Anya Amasova / Agent XXX
Curd Jürgens ... Karl Stromberg (as Curt Jurgens)
Richard Kiel ... Jaws
Caroline Munro ... Naomi
Walter Gotell ... Gen. Anatol Gogol
Geoffrey Keen ... Sir Frederick Gray
Bernard Lee ... M
George Baker ... Capt. Benson
Michael Billington ... Sergei Barsov
Olga Bisera Olga Bisera ... Felicca
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
Edward de Souza ... Sheikh Hosein (as Edward De Souza)
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Max Kalba
Valerie Leon ... Hotel Receptionist
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

3 August 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La espía que me amó See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,347,927, 17 July 1977, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints, original release)| 4-Track Stereo (London premiere print)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Production Designer Ken Adam, that was a look of real panic on Barbara Bach's face in the scene where the tunnels of Atlantis are flooding, because she didn't expect such a powerful deluge of water. See more »

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When the periscope from the Wet Nellie appears, it is clearly a standard type, i.e. designed to look forward. Yet Bond sees the helicopter hovering overhead. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Young officer, HMS Ranger: Keep 500 feet.
HMS Ranger crewman: 500 feet it is, sir.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Cut in Sweden (about 90 sec) when released theatrically. Some of the cuts are when Bond fights with Sandor, Bond fights with Jaws on the train, a fight by the pyramid and when Bond kills Stromberg. See more »

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Soundtracks

Nobody Does it Better
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Carly Simon
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Everyone Kind Of Resents Jurgens Marineland Earth He's Got Planned
27 July 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Roger Moore as James Bond has got another assignment involving the fate of the whole world. British Intelligence never gives him anything less. This time he's investigating this disappearance of both British and American nuclear powered submarines while on duty with no trace at all.

The evil genius behind it all is Curt Jurgens playing the role of an Onassis type billionaire shipping magnate who wants the world made to order for him. And in this case he believes mankind should start all over again in an undersea world which of course he will run. Just another case of a guy with all the money in the world thinking that entitles him to decide how everyone else should live and behave. Jurgens has the resources to make it stick unless 007 can do something about it.

With both the Russians and the British working on this, the powers that be which in this case is General Walter Gotell of the Soviet KGB and M of course played by Bernard Lee have decided to stop working against each other. In this case it means Moore working with beautiful Russian agent Barbara Bach and you know of course she'll be Bondified before the film is over.

Probably up to this point the most dangerous foe that James Bond ever faced was Odd Job in You Only Live Twice. But when Richard Kiel as Jaws made his appearance, he took that title away and retired the crown as far as I'm concerned. That is one menacing dude, 7'2" with a mouth full of steel teeth that finish off most people. Of course 007 ain't most people.

The Spy Who Loved Me garnered three Oscar nominations for Best Musical Score for Marvin Hamlisch and for Best Song with Nobody Does It Better for Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager and one for Art&Set Direction. I'm not sure, but this might be the most recognition the Motion Picture Academy gave a Bond film.

And this film review is dedicated to Tom Golisano, another megalomaniac billionaire who thinks he ought to be running things. We're well used to the type in my area.


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