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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... James Bond
... Maj. Anya Amasova / Agent XXX
... Karl Stromberg (as Curt Jurgens)
... Jaws
... Naomi
... Gen. Anatol Gogol
... Sir Frederick Gray
... M
... Capt. Benson
... Sergei Barsov
Olga Bisera ... Felicca
... Q
... Sheikh Hosein (as Edward De Souza)
... Max Kalba
... 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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It's Bond. And Beyond. [USA 1999 poster] See more »


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Release Date:

3 August 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La espía que me amó  »

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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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(35 mm prints, original release)| (London premiere print)

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(Eastmancolor)|

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elvis Presley saw the film on Wednesday, August 10, 1977 during a special viewing at the General Cinema in Whitehaven, Tennessee. It was the last movie he saw, as he died six days later on Tuesday, August 16, 1977, at the age of forty-two. See more »

Goofs

The Mark 46 Torpedo that the American Captain fires to escape the supertanker weighs over 500 lbs. and is filled with PBXN-103 high explosives, and has a minimum safety range of 1,500 yards, and no Navy commander would ever launch an active torpedo so close to his own ship, in this case to break open the supertanker doors to escape. Additionally, the Navy commander failed to issue a command to remove the safety features and set the safety range to zero, so as depicted in the movie with the safety still active, the torpedo would not have exploded. In reality, had the safety range been set to zero and the torpedo actually detonated the mere 100 feet or so as shown, the submarine that launched the torpedo would have been destroyed also. 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.
Young officer, HMS Ranger: [to crewman] Keep 500 feet
HMS Ranger crewman: Keep 500 feet, sir.
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Crazy Credits

First opening credit sequence to incorporate specially shot footage of the actor playing James Bond (in this case, Roger Moore). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Agent Cody Banks (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture
(uncredited)
from Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Composed by Maurice Jarre
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Just like Carly sings it....
15 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

With Roger Moore making the part his own by this his third bond film, Albert R. Broccoli had to come up with a strong action-packed epic, if they were to attract audiences that had been spoilt rotten by 'Star Wars' the same year.

'The Spy Who Loved Me' offers no new scenarios, in fact you could easily dissect each key scene and match it to something that's been done before. There's an underwater battle like the one in 'Thunderball' a ski chase not too dissimilar to the one in 'Her Majesty's...' and even the final big shoot out is not unlike the one in 'You Only Live Twice' (which was also directed by Lewis Gilbert) but 'The Spy Who Loved me' is more than merely a sum of its parts, and when each part is handled as expertly as these, you don't seem to care if it has indeed been done before.

The film like Moore exudes a certain charm, and provides a certain amount of nostalgia looking back at it now, with it's lively 70's fashions, even Bond's theme gets the disco treatment quite superbly. Ken Adam's stunning larger than life sets fit the film's extravagant, big budget flavour perfectly. Appreciative nods must also go to some fantastically attractive women, Caroline Munro playing the enticing Naomi has to be one of the most seductive looking femme fatales to steam up a wide-screen, and more's the pity that she didn't grace it longer. Barbara Bach is equally alluring, and a fine match for Roger Moore in all sense of the word . The film also offers a wealth of laughs while not forgetting the chills and spills, Richard Keil providing all as the relentless and unforgettable Jaws. The scene where he tears open a Sherpa Van like a sardine can is particularly memorable, as is him brushing himself off after plummeting into a farmhouse from a flying Mercedes. Some fine touches of drama too, Bond's response to XXX's remarks about his career and wife are handled with compassion and reverence.

So in all everything is here you could possibly want in a 007 adventure; top stunts, beautiful women, cool villains, those gloriously huge Pinewood sets and THAT car, wrapped in an exciting globe-trotting story line where Bond has to save the world from certain destruction, accompanied by Carly Simon sveltely singing 'Nobody does it better' it's not surprising that the 'Spy Who Loved Me' is one of the most memorable of all Bond films.


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