Title: The Spy Who Loved Me Director: Lewis Gilbert Year: 1977 Run time: 2hrs 5m
“Nobody does it better than Bond, and he proves it once more in this explosively entertaining adventure that takes him from the Egyptian pyramids to the ocean floor to a gravity-defying mountaintop ski chase! Roger Moore brings inimitable style to Agent 007 as he teams with beautiful Russian Agent Anya Amasove to stop the megalomaniac Stromberg from unleashing a horrific scheme for world domination. But as the countdown to nuclear armageddon begins, Bond must first battle Jaws, a seemingly indestructible steel-toothed giant!”
1:10 - Submarine! Already this is my favourite. 4:30 - Yay for super Russian spy being a woman. 6:25 - James Bond theme 70s remix version! 16:14 - Heat tracking a submarine seems impossible to me. They go so deep. 17:41 - Putting classical music over stuff like that always makes it a bit more eerie. 25:10 - “You are very suspicious, Mr Bond.” “I find I live longer that way.” 30:50 - Jaws is a vampire??? 34:28 - “Married only once…” WHAT, I thought they were pretending that never happened. 49:06 - Positive mental attitude, and food. That’s pretty much all you need for life, really. 52:00 - Egyptian bunker. 54:26 - Decapitation hoverboard tea tray. Only Q could come up with that. 1:00:10 - Jaws gets thrown from a moving train, just picks himself up and literally dusts himself off. 1:01:49 - We both cheered! Who’s ever cheered a Lotus before? 1:02:34 - Q has a name! Boothroyd? 1:06:00 - Strongberg dude has webbed hands. 1:07:49 - “I wish to conduct life on my own terms.” Heck yeah. 1:17:26 - Some of the music in this is so Bee Gees. 1:42:30 - Taking out the magnetic detonator was more tense than I expected! 1:46:29 - It is far less sexy when Bond just reads the manual. 1:55:17 - I’m never going to get in a lift again. 1:59:07 - Jaws vs Jaws. He’s just eaten a shark. 2:01:33 - I LOVE an escape pod.
This was by far the best James Bond film to date! Fun from the start, and although it’s a two hour film just like the previous ones, it never felt too long. With submarines as the main plot, I was always going to be a fan, but when you throw in an interesting plot, an underwater car, some foot and car chases around the Egyptian pyramids, and the horror that is Jaws, well there’s very little missing.
The only two things I didn’t like were the 1970s music and the 1970s fashion - neither of which can really be helped given when the film was made. Talking of which, I did think the effects all stood the test of time well, particularly at the end with the boat on fire. Aside from not having footage of a nuclear submarine blowing up and using stock footage instead, it was for the most part a really solid visual piece.
And they referenced the poor deceased wife! At last!