The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: 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.


Movie Info

This James Bond movie sports a labyrinthine story involving outer-space extortion. The leading lady is sexy Russian secret agent Barbara Bach, who joins forces with Bond to foil yet another megalomaniacal villain, who plans to threaten New York City with nuclear weaponry.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Wood, Richard Maibaum
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 22, 2002
Runtime:
United Artists

Cast


as James Bond

as Anya Amasova

as Stromberg

as Gen. Gogol

as Capt. Benson

as Miss Moneypenny

as Capt. Carter

as Commander Talbot

as Felica

as Sheik Hosein

as Hotel Receptionist

as Minister Of Defense

as Liparus Captain

as Fekkesh

as The Log Cabin Girl

as Rubelvitch

as Adm. Hargreaves

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as Bechmann

as Markovitz

as Cairo Club Waiter

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as HMS Ranger Crewman

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as HMS Ranger Crewman

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Critic Reviews for The Spy Who Loved Me

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (6)

Never did top that first stunt.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The ostensible hero is just a fleshy blur.

Full Review… | May 5, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

As always, story and plastic character are in the service of comic strip parody.

Full Review… | May 5, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

The film has its moments -- Kiel's indestructible heavy racks up a good score -- but the rest is desperately weak.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film moves along at a serviceable clip, but it seems half an hour too long.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Sin Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Spy Who Loved Me

½

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.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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.

allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

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