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The Spy Who Loved Me

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Spy Who Loved Me

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Roger Moore brings inimitable style to Agent 007 as he teams with beautiful Russian agent Anya Amasova to stop the megalomaniac Stromberg from unleashing a horrific scheme for world domination.
Title: The spy who loved me
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c2006, p1977.
Edition: Widescreen Ultimate ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (126 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from title frames.
Based on characters created by Ian Fleming.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1977.
Special features included.
Summary: Roger Moore brings inimitable style to Agent 007 as he teams with beautiful Russian agent Anya Amasova to stop the megalomaniac Stromberg from unleashing a horrific scheme for world domination.
Audience: MPAA rating PG.
Statement of Responsibility: United Artists ; Albert R. Broccoli presents ; screenplay by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum ; produced by Albert R. Broccoli ; directed by Lewis Gilbert
Credits: Director of photography, Claude Renoir ; editor, John Glen ; music by Marvin Hamlisch ; "Nobody does it better" (theme from "The spy who loved me") performed by Carly Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager.
Performers: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curt Jurgens, Richard Kiel, Caroline Munro, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Bernard Lee.
System Details: DVD, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Other Language: English or dubbed French dialogue ; subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Thai ; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Bond, James (Fictitious character) Drama. Intelligence service Great Britain Drama. Espionage Drama.
Genre/Form: James Bond films.
Action and adventure films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Feature films.
Spy films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Topical Term: Bond, James (Fictitious character)
Intelligence service
Publisher No: 106005
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Feb 24, 2012
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite Roger Moore Bond film.

Dec 08, 2011
  • kevinmann rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Roger Moore's best bond and easily a Top 5 for the series. Best opening sequence for the series, fun plot and the most dynamic locales (skiing in the Alps, the Pyramids, underwater in Italy, etc). For my money, this has always been my favourite Bond.

Aug 29, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Well well well... Bond films seem to be falling into a Windows pattern, or albums by The Who: you should pay attention to every *other* one. This is worth while, the last one is a bit of a shambles, the one prior to *that* is worthwhile...

Right from the outset we're told "and now here's where Bond starts getting silly", what with the pre-titles skiing incident. Everything now is HUGE!!! DEATH-DEFYING!! WORLD THREATENING!!! LAWS OF PHYSICS DEFYING!!! DISBELIEF IGNORING!!!

That said, however, there's some fairly decent stuff in between the urges to throw things at the screen. There's a knock-down, drag-out fight on a Cairo rooftop between Bond and Sandor (Jaws's partner in crime); there's some grand sneaking around in Stomberg's sea-going lair "Atlantis" (hardly an imaginative name for an sub-ocean city, however); and there's a jim-dandy car chase that involves a motorcycle, a car, another car, a helicopter, some frog men on little zoomy things, and a little two-man submarine.

The threat to the world actually feels possible here, as far-fetched as it might seem. The dimension of the theft of world assets (i.e.: three entire nuclear powered submarines) and their storage inside a freighter is a bit odd, but the crowd scenes of three groups of submariners pitted against one large army of Evil Henchmen® is a welcome return to the era of "You Only Live Twice" and "Thunderball". Plus, Bond's resourcefulness of using a warhead's detonator as an offensive weapon is solid, and all too rare in the movies; typically he simply pulls out the little thing Q gave him and [BLAM] all is solved. It's nice to see Bond get to be smart for a change.

The down side of all this is that it does get a tad much for itself in some ways. The ad hoc HQ which MI-6 and the KGB establish inside Abu Simbel, for instance, seems more like someone taking advantage of an opportunity to film something in s neat looking place than an actual opportunity to advance the plot. Even the presence of M, Moneypenny, and Gogol seems more than required for the task. Surely a telephone call or telegram would have sufficed?

The emotional conflict between the two agents is good, and adds an unusual level of turmoil to a Bond story, even if it's not as effective as it might be. 007 wins the lady over far too easily, given the circumstances, and all it might have taken would have been a longer and smarter block of dialogue between the two agents when the crisis is revealed.

Jaws shows up here, and ultimately survives the predictable dénouement (apparently due to crowd reaction), so we'll see him again.

In the end: good. Not amazing, but it's far from crap as well.


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