Posted on 7/27/12 11:50 PM
Great title, horrid film. This Bond addition has gone completely downhill in this Roger Moore installment. The corny, mostly laughable moments are embarressing. Sure to please easily entertained audiences.
Early in the film, the soundtrack and image of Lawrence of Arabia is played, with Moore and Bachman walking in tuxedo and formal dress over the sand dunes. How stupid! Ugh, enough to make one barf.
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The film grossed more that 10 times what it cost to make it. No small achievement for an almost all action film of the day.
British and Soviet ballistic-missile submarines mysteriously disappear. James Bond (agent 007) is summoned to investigate.
Another Cold War espionage film that few over the age of 30 will understand or even relate to. Appears silly today.
"The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. The film takes its title from Ian Fleming's novel The Spy Who Loved Me, the tenth book in the James Bond series, though it does not contain any elements of the novel's plot."--Wikipedia
Hard to believe Moore co-star Bachman married one of the Beatles, namely Ringo Starr. On closer look, Bachman appears rather like Count Dracula in this film.
By downplaying some of the campiness and introducing engaging side characters (Jaws) TSWLM is one of the best Roger Moore Bond films.
The opening Ski sequence is a classic and probably just behind GoldenEye for a classic open opener.
Moore's best outing as 007 has elements of adventure from start to finish.
Rising from the sea is the villain's "boat".
NOTES and AWARDS:
1 The Spy Who Loved Me was highly acclaimed by critics, being widely considered Roger Moore's best Bond film. The soundtrack, composed by Marvin Hamlisch, also met with success. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards amidst many other nominations ......
2 Co-star Barbara Bach was cast only four days before principal photography begun, and performed her audition expecting just a role in the film, not the one of the protagonist.
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Produced by Albert R. Broccoli
Screenplay by Christopher Wood
Story by Richard Maibaum
Based on James Bond by
Starring Roger Moore
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
"Nobody Does It Better"
Cinematography Claude Renoir
Editing by John Glen
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) 7 July 1977 (1977-07-07) (London, premiere)
Running time 125 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Budget $14 million
Box office $185.4 millio