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Spy Who Loved Me
     

The Spy Who Loved Me

Director: Lewis Gilbert,

Cast: Lewis Gilbert, Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jurgens

 

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Though not Ian Fleming's most famous James Bond novel, 1962's The Spy Who Loved Me was distinguished by the unique device of telling the story from the heroine's point of view; in fact, Bond doesn't make an appearance until the book is two-thirds over. This would hardly work in the film world's Bond franchise, so the original austere plotline of

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Though not Ian Fleming's most famous James Bond novel, 1962's The Spy Who Loved Me was distinguished by the unique device of telling the story from the heroine's point of view; in fact, Bond doesn't make an appearance until the book is two-thirds over. This would hardly work in the film world's Bond franchise, so the original austere plotline of the novel was eschewed altogether in favor of a labyrinthine story involving outer-space extortion. The leading lady, a "hard-luck kid" in the original, is now sexy Russian secret agent Barbara Bach, who joins forces with Bond (Roger Moore, making his third appearance as 007) to foil yet another megalomaniac villain (Curt Jurgens), who plans to threaten New York City with nuclear weaponry. Beyond the eye-popping opening ski-jump sequence, the film's best scenes involve seven-foot-two Richard Kiel as steel-toothed henchman Jaws. Fifteen scriptwriters worked on The Spy Who Loved Me; only two were credited, including Bond-film veteran Richard Maibaum.

Editorial Reviews

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Roger Moore's third appearance as James Bond is not only one of his best entries in the series, but also one of the best Bond films overall. Ironically, the script jettisons the Ian Fleming source novel altogether, but still delivers large-scale action and spy intrigue in the classic Bond style and wisely avoids the campy humor that diluted the effectiveness of Live and Let Die and The Man With the Golden Gun. Lewis Gilbert's direction occasionally drags a bit in the pacing department (a common Bond film problem), but he gives the film a polished look and packs it with memorable action set pieces, including a breathtaking pre-titles ski chase and a car chase that suddenly transforms into an undersea adventure. Gilbert's work is nicely bolstered by stunning production design by Ken Adams, especially the dazzling design of Stromberg's undersea lair, and a wonderful Marvin Hamlisch score that features the deliciously torchy Carly Simon song "Nobody Does It Better." In terms of acting, Roger Moore is dashing and witty in equal measure as James Bond, and Barbara Bach's dramatic and surprisingly tough performance as Anya provides Bond with his most formidable leading lady since Diana Rigg starred in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The Spy Who Loved Me also features a pair of worthy adversaries thanks to Curd Jürgens' quietly menacing work as Stromberg and Richard Kiel's memorably physical performance as steel-toothed henchman Jaws. All in all, The Spy Who Loved Me is old-fashioned spy-movie fun that should be seen by anyone interested in the high points of the James Bond series.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2015
UPC:
0883904333296
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sales rank:
672

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roger Moore James Bond
Barbara Bach Maj. Anya Amasova
Curd Jurgens Stromberg
Richard Kiel Jaws
Caroline Munro Naomi
Walter Gotell Gen. Gogol
Geoffrey Keen Minister Of Defense
Bernard Lee "M"
George Baker Capt. Benson
Michael Billington Sergei
Desmond Llewelyn "Q"
Edward de Souza Sheik Hosein
Vernon Dobtcheff Max Kalba
Valerie Leon Hotel Receptionist
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Sydney Tafler Liparus Captain
Nadim Sawalha Fekkesh
Sue Vanner Log Cabin Girl
Marilyn Galsworthy Stromberg's Assistant
Milton Reid Sandor
Cyril Shaps Bechmann
Yasher Adem Actor
Irvin Allen Actor
Barry Andrews Actor
Keith Buckley Actor
Jeremy Bulloch Actor
Sean Bury Actor
Nicholas Campbell Actor
Peter Ensor Actor
Ray Evans Actor
Anthony Forrest Actor
Kim Fortune Actor
Garick Hagon Actor
Ray Hassett Actor
Ray Jewers Actor
Vincent Marzello Actor
Kevin McNally Actor
Christopher Muncke Actor
Doyle Richmond Actor
George Roubicek Actor
Murray Salem Actor
John Salthouse Actor
Bob Sherman Actor
John Truscott Actor
Peter Whitman Actor
Michael Howarth Actor
David Auker Actor
Dennis Blanch Actor
Nick Ellsworth Actor
Tom Gerrard Actor
Olga Bisera Felicca
Eva Reuber-Staier Rubelvitch
Milo Sperber Markovitz
Albert Moses Barman
Rafiq Anwar Cairo Club Waiter
Anika Pavel Arab Beauty
Shane Rimmer U.S.S. Wayne - Captain
Bryan Marshall H.M.S. Ranger - Captain
Robert Brown Adm. Hargreaves
Keith Morris HMS Ranger
Carly Simon Singer

Technical Credits
Lewis Gilbert Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
Lamar Boren Cinematographer
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Paul Buckmaster Score Composer
Paul Engelen Makeup
John Evans Special Effects
Gordon Everett Sound/Sound Designer
John Glen Editor
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer,Songwriter
Peter Lamont Art Director
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Alan Maley Special Effects
Derek Meddings Special Effects
Monty Norman Songwriter
Ronald Paterson Costumes/Costume Designer
Claude Renoir Cinematographer
Carole Bayer Sager Score Composer,Songwriter
Hugh Scaife Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Wood Screenwriter

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