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1977 James Bond Movie starring Roger Moore

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Submarines, a car that can turn into one and a man with metal teeth. A license to print money.

  • Jun 19, 2009
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There are fans out there that have the tamarity out there to not watch James Bond after Sean Connery left the series.  Roger Moore wasn't as magnetic and the movies at times were lighter in tone then Connery's.  I love Roger but honestly, more then half his movies range from kinda stink to burn down any store that carries his movies.  Thankfully, this isn't one of them.

In this movie, James Bond is called into action to locate a device that is allowing a private party to capture naval submarines.  Russia and England have both lost one and both governments have disptached agents to find the device.  Russia's Agent XXX, Anya Amosova is arguably Bond's equivilant and the two team together to find the culprit.

The Spy Who Loved Me is Rogers best outing for a couple of reasons.  First off they actually had some time off in between movies, to take time out and rest and get ideas together among other legal mumbo jumbo that was going on.  Secondly, Roger Moore really takes off here.  He was alright in Live and Let Die but abysmal in The Man With the Golden Gun but here he's cool and smooth in key and believeable in fight sequences which was never his strong point.  Ken Adam was also back as production designer and while the other movies still retained some killer sets, Ken Adam is there to kick it up a notch with his not too distant future eye for detail.  His submarine staging area set is still awesome, maybe not concealed rocket base in a Volcano awesome but still up there.  Bond and Anya's chemistry is wonderful and Anya (one of my favorite of the Bond Girls) is the first in that overdone thread of "Bond girls as Bonds equal"  It was done here first and I don't care what people say about Michelle Yeoh or Eva Green, she was the best, a personal connection that plays out later in the movie makes it even better.

A couple of personal reasons for this being my pick as Moore's best movie is that it introduces Jaws, a goliath of a man with razor sharp teeth he uses for killing his foes.  He is preactically unkillable and ruthless in his tasks.  It's too bad Moonraker turned him into a goofball, here though in one scene Bond looks like he needs a new set of Fruit of the Looms.  The sporty little Lotus Espirit car is Roger Moore's ride to Sean's Aston Martin.  A versatile little piece that has concrete guns for blinding windshields and can turn into a submarine that has ballistic rockets and mines.  Very cool.  Last but not least is Carly Simon's opening piece, Nobody Does it Better which is sang alongside one of the better Maurice Binder title sequences.  This one song came to signify Bond to this day.

There are a couple of lows.  Marvin Hamlisch is the composer and while it isn't a bad score, it is dated with a disco feel to it sometimes.  Some parts are better then others but it's one of the weaker soundtracks.  The villian could have been great but is a bit of a yawner in Karl Stromburg who is going to use the submarine's rockets to destroy New York and Moscow and repopulate the world under the ocean in his underwater city.  Never mind the ocean could be affected by fallout but hey, it's a Bond movie, don't ask too many questions.

Bond was back in 77 and he was rarely stronger at this point.  This movie still managed to rake in some major box office bucks with Star Wars out only weeks before, a very impressive feat.  Moore did have For Your Eyes only yet and it's just about as good as this one.  We had one more movie to get past first though, and...what can I say Star Wars had just come out.
Spies who love each other Lotus Espirit transformable sub Bond vs Jaws, has Bond ever looked more scared? Stromburgs crew repel attackers Karl Stromburg: A man obsessed with the sea Bond and Anya go for a swim

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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: July 13, 1977
Runtime: 125 Minutes
Studio: United Artists
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