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 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
This was the first James Bond movie to be composed by an American (Marvin Hamlisch). A piece of music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart inspired the title song "Nobody Does It Better", composed by Hamlisch. This movie includes in its score a few pieces of classical music by such composers as Johann Sebastian Bach (Air in Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068 aka Air on the G String), Frédéric Chopin (Nocturne No. 8 in D-Flat, Op. 27 No. 2), Camille Saint-Saëns (The Aquarium from The Carnival of the Animals) and Mozart's Andante second movement of Piano Concerto No. 21. "Elvira Madigan" plays when Atlantis arises from the sea. After the van breaks down, the theme from Lawrence of Arabia (1962) plays when Bond and XXX walk across the desert. One young assistant in the cutting-room put it in as a joke, and it brought laughs to the team and they kept it in the final cut. As such, this was the first James Bond movie to use a score from another movie. Also, Anya's music box-transmitter plays "Lara's Theme" from Doctor Zhivago (1965). All of these pieces of music, however, are not included on the movie's soundtrack album, as they are merely excerpted in the movie. See more »
Bond honks the horn on the Wet Nellie before passing a truck on the cliff side road. Bond presses the center of the steering wheel when a Lotus horn is actually the lever on the left of the steering wheel. 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 »
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 »
I have to admit that I have a soft spot for this film as this is the first James Bond movie that I anticipated and then saw in a movie theater (I did see both The Man With the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die as the 2nd feature at a drive-in, but they don't count). So, I was a little apprehensive about re-watching a film that is a cherished memory.
I am happy to report that this movie holds up. From the tremendous "ski off the mountain" opening shot, through Maurice Bender's always terrific opening credits to Richard "Jaws" Kiel and villain Curt Jurgens underwater hideout, I was entertained throughout. True, this movie has to overcome some truly tremendous 1970's synth-pop soundtrack, but add in Barbara Bach's wonderful turn as Agent XXX, andyou have the quintessential Roger Moore Bond movie.
So, why is that? I think it is because Moore finally came into his own as Bond. In his third movie, Moore (and director Lewis Gilbert) dropped any attempt at Moore copying Sean Connery's roguish toughness and started cultivating Moore's natural tendency towards comedy. This comedic bent will, ultimately, overcome Moore's portrayal of Bond in future installments, but in TSWLM, they strike exactly the right tone.
Go back and checkout THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, you'll be pleasantly surprised on how good this movie is.
7 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank (of Marquis)
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