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The Spy Who Loved Me

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Feature film with frame-by-frame digital restoration and DTS 5.1 audio; Newly recorded audio commentary featuring Sir Roger Moore; Audio commentary featuring director Lewis Gilbert, production designer Ken Adam, co-writer Christopher Wood and Michael G. Wilson
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • UPC: 027616066541
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,977

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
Irvin Allen
Barry Andrews
Keith Buckley
Jeremy Bulloch
Sean Bury
Nicholas Campbell
Peter Ensor
Ray Evans
Anthony Forrest
Kim Fortune
Garick Hagon
Ray Hassett
Ray Jewers
Vincent Marzello
Kevin McNally
Christopher Muncke
Doyle Richmond
George Roubicek
Murray Salem
John Salthouse
Bob Sherman
John Truscott
Peter Whitman
Michael Howarth
David Auker
Dennis Blanch
Nick Ellsworth
Tom Gerrard
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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Spy Who Loved Me
1. Chapter 1 [:47]
2. Chapter 2 [5:09]
3. Chapter 3 [2:06]
4. Chapter 4 [4:30]
5. Chapter 5 [2:38]
6. Chapter 6 [2:45]
7. Chapter 7 [2:33]
8. Chapter 8 [2:41]
9. Chapter 9 [4:11]
10. Chapter 10 [5:29]
11. Chapter 11 [7:02]
12. Chapter 12 [6:11]
13. Chapter 13 [2:19]
14. Chapter 14 [2:34]
15. Chapter 15 [2:17]
16. Chapter 16 [4:12]
17. Chapter 17 [3:37]
18. Chapter 18 [4:48]
19. Chapter 19 [4:36]
20. Chapter 20 [6:22]
21. Chapter 21 [5:38]
22. Chapter 22 [2:47]
23. Chapter 23 [5:37]
24. Chapter 24 [3:44]
25. Chapter 25 [1:25]
26. Chapter 26 [4:21]
27. Chapter 27 [8:17]
28. Chapter 28 [5:15]
29. Chapter 29 [3:41]
30. Chapter 30 [1:51]
31. Chapter 31 [4:10]
32. Chapter 32 [1:45]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Spy Who Loved Me
   Initiate Mission
   Mission Selection
   MI6 Commentary
      Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore: On
      Audio Commentary Featuring Sir Roger Moore: Off
      Audio Commentary Featuring Director Lewis Gilbert, Production Designer Ken Adam, Co-Writer Christopher Wood and Michael G. Wilson: On
      Audio Commentary Featuring Director Lewis Gilbert, Production Designer Ken Adam, Co-Writer Christopher Wood and Michael G. Wilson: Off
      Commentary Subtitles
         Chinese
         Korean
         Thai
         Subtitles Off
   Language Decryption
      Spoken Languages
         English Dolby Digital 5.1
         English DTS
         French
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         Chinese
         Korean
         Thai
         Subtitles Off
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