The Spy Who Loved Me

"Very Good"

The Spy Who Loved Me Review


James Bond had his 10th outing in this epic affair, which ushered in the new era of Bond as not just over the top but rather way, way, way over it. How far? The Spy Who Loved Me has Jaws, a villain that feeds detractors to sharks (in his underwater lair, of course), a gorgeous Russian spy (Barbara Bach) who helps Bond, stolen nuclear missiles, a scene in Egypt that -- in a rare moment of Bondian genius -- borrows the score from Lawrence of Arabia, and perhaps the best Bond gadget of all time: A Lotus that can turn into a submarine. I loved Spy so much in the 1980s (on video) that I lusted over Lotus catalogs. Oddly, I never found the sub option inside.

This is near-camp and its success sent a strong message to its producers about what audiences wanted to see: Bigger, bolder, louder, sexier. The next 10 films that followed simply one-upped this formula over and over again. Amazing.

Bond #10.



The Spy Who Loved Me

Facts and Figures

Run time: 125 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 3rd August 1977

Box Office Worldwide: $185.4M

Budget: $14M

Distributed by: United Artists

Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Eon Productions, Danjaq

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Fresh: 32 Rotten: 9

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Albert R. Broccoli

Starring: as James Bond, as Major Anya Amasova, Curd Jürgens as Karl Stromberg, as Jaws, as Naomi, Walter Gotell as General Anatol Gogol, as Sir Frederick Gray, as M, as Captain Benson, Michael Billington as Sergei Barsov, as Q, as Max Kalba, as Miss Moneypenny, Sydney Tafler as Liparus Captain, Olga Bisera as Felicca, Edward de Souza as Sheik Hosein, Valerie Leon as Hotel Recepcionist, as Aziz Fekkesh, Sue Vanner as Log Cabin Girl, Eva Reuber-Staier as Rublevich

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