Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me

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

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

     
 

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The Spy Who Loved Me is one of the best discs in the Bond series. With a new digital, 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer and remastered Dolby Surround Audio, the film might look the best of any of its contemporaries from this period in the Bond franchise. In terms of supplements, the DVD is the only non-Brosnan Bond film to receive a screen-specific audio

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The Spy Who Loved Me is one of the best discs in the Bond series. With a new digital, 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer and remastered Dolby Surround Audio, the film might look the best of any of its contemporaries from this period in the Bond franchise. In terms of supplements, the DVD is the only non-Brosnan Bond film to receive a screen-specific audio commentary. The track features a terrific feature-length commentary by director Lewis Gilbert, legendary production designer Ken Adam, co-writer Christopher Wood, and Bond guru Michael G. Wilson. While the edited commentary approach makes up for dry spots in a screen-specific track, the success of putting these four people together in a room to record the track leaves one wishing that the same would have been done for the other entries in the series. The typically extraordinary "Inside The Spy Who Loved Me" documentary has much to talk about, as The Spy Who Loved Me managed to rescue what was at the time a suddenly fledgling film series. A second well-made featurette, "Designing Bond," focuses on the career of designer Ken Adam. A still gallery, TV ads, radio spots, and trailers are also included. The Spy Who Loved Me should have been the rule rather than the exception for the rest of the series on DVD.

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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:
10/22/2002
UPC:
0027616812926
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:05:00

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring director Lewis Gilbert, the cast, and the crew; "Inside The Spy Who Loved Me" documentary; "Designing Bond" documentary; Still gallery; Original TV ads; Radio spots; Original theatrical trailers; Collectible making-of booklet

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

Scene Index

Scene Selections.
0. Scene Selections.
0. Menu Group #1 with 32 chapter(s) covering 02:05:21
1. Logos. [:16]
2. Deep Sea Hijacking. [:29]
3. Ski Chase. [2:30]
4. Main Titles. [:32]
5. Bond's Mission. [1:11]
6. Stromberg's Wrath. [:18]
7. Atlantis Rising. [:05]
8. Desert Trek. [:05]
9. Danger In Cairo. [:16]
10. Pyramid Murder. [:04]
11. The Mujamba Club. [1:02]
12. On Jaw's Trail. [:16]
13. The Road To Cairo. [:41]
14. Body Heat. [:05]
15. Pyramid Headquarters. [2:50]
16. Q's Laboratory. [1:40]
17. Battle On The Train. [2:38]
18. Arrival In Sardinia. [1:13]
19. Meeting Stromberg. [1:01]
20. Deadly Pursuit. [:31]
21. Underwater Attack. [1:02]
22. Aboard The USS Wayne. [:26]
23. The Liparus Strikes. [1:04]
24. Stromberg's Plan. [2:41]
25. Bond Escapes. [4:11]
26. The Revolt. [5:29]
27. The Detonator. [:29]
28. Liparus Destroyed. [:33]
29. Anya's Rescue. [5:43]
30. Man Bites Shark. [:12]
31. Escape From Atlantis. [6:12]
32. End Titles. [1:35]

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