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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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78

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 9

Though it hints at the absurdity to come in later installments, The Spy Who Loved Me's sleek style, menacing villains, and sly wit make it the best of the Roger Moore era.

33

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

Though it hints at the absurdity to come in later installments, The Spy Who Loved Me's sleek style, menacing villains, and sly wit make it the best of the Roger Moore era.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Though not Ian Fleming's most famous James Bond novel, 1962's The Spy Who Loved Me was distinguished by the unique device of telling the story from the heroine's point of view; in fact, Bond doesn't make an appearance until the book is two-thirds over. This would hardly work in the film world's Bond franchise, so the original austere plotline of the novel was eschewed altogether in favor of a labyrinthine story involving outer-space extortion. The leading lady, a "hard-luck kid" in the original,

PG,

Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Christopher Wood

Oct 22, 2002

United Artists

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (9) | DVD (14)

Never did top that first stunt.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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The ostensible hero is just a fleshy blur.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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As always, story and plastic character are in the service of comic strip parody.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film has its moments -- Kiel's indestructible heavy racks up a good score -- but the rest is desperately weak.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film moves along at a serviceable clip, but it seems half an hour too long.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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Of Roger Moore's seven James Bond pictures, The Spy Who Loved Me stands out as the best.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comment (1)
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THE SPY WHO LOVED ME is not as good as I remembered it. All of its chases and action were much better in my memories. In reality, they're a bit lackluster.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

In a tremendous film that shows Moore's Bond still has the old razzle-dazzle, "Nobody Does It Better" isn't just a theme song. It's a forceful and fun statement of purpose, and "Spy" offers the franchise the definitive jolt it so sorely needed.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

The best combination of japery and seriousness, without descending into the clowning that would be a part of all but one of Moore's subsequent adventures [as Bond].

August 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

1977's 007 still gettin' lucky in underwater lair.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Overwhelmed with its cartoonish absurdity.

February 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It may not be Fleming but it is terrific fun.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

As the Bond series moved deeper into the 1970s, the emphasis moved away from the inventive scripts that made the best Sean Connery films fine examples of the spy genre and toward the kind of feats of daring and visual spectacle.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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... the first truly original Bond movie, this one is actually more tightly constructed than several of the adaptations and remains consistently surprising and witty.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

007 lives in the best of the Moore Bonds ...

September 22, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

This is near-camp and its success sent a strong message to its producers about what audiences wanted to see: Bigger, bolder, louder, sexier.

August 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

One of the better Moore outings.

June 21, 2005
Movie Metropolis

It's Bond with Roger Moore, and this is one of the best of his.

June 12, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Not the best Bond, but not the worst either.

April 18, 2004
Chico Enterprise-Record

One of the best of the Moore Bonds, this is non-stop, gloriously excessive entertainment.

April 8, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Not only Roger Moore's best, but one of the few Bond films that can stand apart from the series as a superb action movie.

February 24, 2004
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for The Spy Who Loved Me

definitely one of the better roger moore entries. bach was great, and jaws is one of my favorite bond villains. the story had its moments where it just got silly, but the plot was entertaining and the locations were great. the film has some classic bond moments.
February 12, 2013
sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

Roger Moore's third outing is not only one his best, nut one of the best in the entire series.

The plot is the typical Cold War global domination scheme wherein we get megalomaniac anarchist Stromberg threatening New York and Moscow with nukes. The broad plot isn't what's great though, rather the way steps leading up to it, featuring lots of globetrotting, and Bond teaming up with a sexy Russian agent who holds her own against him.

Plus, we get a cool car/submarine, and the first of two appearances by Jaws, a behemoth of a henchman with a set of metal teeth. He's awesome. There's several good action scenes, and a little, but surprisingly not much goofiness. Well, there is the "Lawrence of Arabia moment" which is odd, hilarious, and totally awesome.

Marvin Hamlisch provides a great score, Carly Simon's theme is decent, and the film has the typical grandeur we've come to expect from the series. Yeah, the plot could be a little more original, and the pacing could be tightened here and there, but Moore holds it all together, and he gets tremendous support from Barbara Bach as his female counterpart, Richard Kiel as Jaws, and Curt Jurgens as Stromberg.

All in all, this is a terrific film that you really shouldn't miss.
January 27, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A dynamic and sensational action-thriller. A bold, fun and compelling Bond film that has two main leads instead of one. Roger Moore and the breathtaking Barbra Bach are irresistible together, they have great chemistry together, they combine the action and romance perfectly. Richard Kiel is a force of nature, making the action sequences involving him and Moore just more exciting and awesome to watch. A dazzling adventure that shows no one really does it better than Bond. Bravo stuff Sir. Roger Moore.
December 11, 2012
allan913

Super Reviewer

Roger Moore's third outing as James Bond reverts back to the old, over the top formula used in "You Only Live Twice" and reminds me of why I found that to be the least enjoyable of the Connery era. Lewis Gilbert directed "You Only Live Twice" as well as this one and the similarities not only in style and direction, but also plot are so uncanny it is a little worrisome. This is practically the same story (capturing submarines underwater instead of spacecrafts and preventing nuclear war) and it just becomes redundant and boring after awhile. We've seen this all before and the movie is about 20-30 minutes too long. We do get a great supervillain in Jaws, who is practically unstoppable in terms of physicality, but a little slow in the mental department. We also get one of the better Bond girls in Barbara Bach after the last few have been jokes. The opening sequence is also extraordinary, kicking off the movie with a bang, which makes it all the more disappointing that there's not a whole lot the film offers that hasn't been done much better by earlier installments. Ultimately, that's how I judge this series when the Bond "formula" is applied, rinsed, and repeated. Many people cite this as the best of the Moore era, but I found "The Man With the Golden Gun" much more enjoyable up to this point.
November 24, 2012
jlewis07

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    1. James Bond: How did you know to do that?
    2. Maj. Anya Amasova: I stole the blueprint to this car two years ago.
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. James Bond: If we can work out the coordinates of each submarine, then maybe we can reprogram them.
    2. Capt. Benson: To do what?
    3. James Bond: To destroy each other.
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. James Bond: It will go off.
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    1. Capt. Benson: What happens if it does?
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. James Bond: All I need out of here is the detonator. It mustn't touch any part of the detonator circuit.
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. Log Cabin Girl: James I need you.
    2. James Bond: So does England.
    – Submitted by Michael B (19 months ago)
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