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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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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.

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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.

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Cast

Roger Moore
as James Bond
Curd Jürgens
as Karl Stromberg
Barbara Bach
as Anya Amasova
Walter Gotell
as Gen. Gogol
George Baker
as Capt. Benson
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
Shane Rimmer
as Capt. Carter
Bryan Marshall
as Commander Talbot
Edward de Souza
as Sheik Hosein
Valerie Leon
as Hotel Receptionist
Geoffrey Keen
as Minister Of Defense
Sydney Tafler
as Liparus Captain
Sue Vanner
as The Log Cabin Girl
Robert Brown
as Adm. Hargreaves
Marilyn Galsworthy
as Stromberg's Assistant
Cyril Shaps
as Bechmann
Milo Sperber
as Markovitz
Rafiq Anwar
as Cairo Club Waiter
Felicity York
as Arab Beauty
Dawn Rodrigues
as Arab Beauty
Anika Pavel
as Arab Beauty
Jill Goodall
as Arab Beauty
Yasher Adem
as Stromberg One Crewman
George Roubicek
as Stromberg One Captain
Kim Fortune
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Ray Hassett
as USS Wayne Crewman
Bob Sherman
as USS Wayne Crewman
Christopher Muncke
as USS Wayne Crewman
Doyle Richmond
as USS Wayne Crewman
Murray Salem
as USS Wayne Crewman
John Truscott
as USS Wayne Crewman
Peter Whitman
as USS Wayne Crewman
Vincent Marzello
as USS Wayne Crewman
Nicholas Campbell
as USS Wayne Crewman
Ray Evans
as USS Wayne Crewman
Anthony Forrest
as USS Wayne Crewman
Garrick Hagon
as USS Wayne Crewman
Ray Jewers
as USS Wayne Crewman
George Malaby
as USS Wayne Crewman
Anthony Shaw
as USS Wayne Crewman
Robert Sheedy
as USS Wayne Crewman
Don Staiton
as USS Wayne Crewman
Eric Stine
as USS Wayne Crewman
Stephen Temperley
as USS Wayne Crewman
Dean Warwick
as USS Wayne Crewman
Michael Howarth
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Barry Andrews
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Kevin McNally
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Jeremy Bulloch
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Sean Bury
as HMS Ranger Crewman
John Sarbutt
as HMS Ranger Crewman
David Auker
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Dennis Blanch
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Keith Buckley
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Jonathan Bury
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Nick Ellsworth
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Tom Gerrard
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Kazol Michalski
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Keith Morris
as HMS Ranger Crewman
John Salthouse
as HMS Ranger Crewman
Lenny Rabin
as Liparus Crewman
Irvin Allen
as Stromberg One Crewman
Peter Ensor
as Stromberg One Crewman
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Critic Reviews for The Spy Who Loved Me

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (7)

[The Spy Who Loved Me] gets off to a promising start but proves seriously deficient in staying power.

Full Review… | October 23, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Spy Who Loved Me

Roger Moore has come out of the trenches and become the next "James Bond!" The previous two entires into the Bond franchise were very fun films, but the jokes and cheesiness was a bit too much for the character, leaving his films in the dust, behind the great Connery. I must say, this is one of the best Bond films in the franchise yet. The story is well played out and the villains are very fun to watch, especially the villain whom I like to call the Indestructible Man. The action scenes are terrific, well paced, and smart. The dialogue is actually a step above the rest, and the editing, which was done by the worst editor of the series, has defintiely redeemed his title here. I had an absolute blast watching "The Spy Who Loved Me!"

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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.

danny d
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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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