film, James Bond

Movie Review: The Spy Who Loved Me

One of the better Bond films in Roger Moore’s time as 007. The Spy Who Loved Me for me showed just how close Bond came to falling in love again, I do not think he did but I think he came very close to. Spoilers ahead. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.

After British and Soviet submarines keep disappearing along with the crew MI6 and the KGB send their best people to find out why and how. Bond of course MI6 coming back from a mission in Austria where he actually killed Soviets and the KGB send Agent Triple X, Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach.) They are both interested in a submarine tracking system in order to find their fellow agents and who is behind it. They reluctantly work together to achieve the same goal after discovering that tycoon Karl Stromberg (Curd Jurgens) is behind it, a man planning on starting WWIII to destroy the world and then rebuild it underwater. He is not alone in his goals, but the most famous henchman has to be Jaws (Richard Kiel.) Bond and Anya become romantic, but when Anya discovers Bond was in Austria the same time as her lover who she was told died on a mission their romance seems doomed, notice the key word there.

As I have said before this is one of Moore’s better films for a number of reasons; much better writing not as campy and a love interest that actually knows what she is doing. My thoughts on Anya will be at a later time so I will move on to the rest of the cast. Stromberg is not a particularity memorable villain so I can understand why when many think of this film Jaws comes to mind. He definitely shined more in this film than in his later appearance. One of my favorite scenes not just in this movie but the entire Bond franchise is the car chase because the car turns into a submarine! How awesome is that?! If you like Bond and have not seen this film you do not know what you are missing.


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