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The Spy Who Loved Me

1977

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  • The movie secured Moore’s superstar status as Bond and started the series back on track for record-breaking profits, for unsurprising reasons. It’s an act of grandiose showmanship, utterly confident in itself, avoiding all discomforting matters and even playing the Cold War for laughs as mutual spy bosses M (Bernard Lee) and KGB chief General Gogol (Walter Gotell) readily team up to take on a common enemy. But it also sports many of the problems with the Moore years.

  • It's the submarine barn and Richard Kiel's steel-toothed “Jaws” you remember from this one; the ostensible hero is just a fleshy blur.

  • To be honest, it's not even clear to me what others are enjoying so much. Jürgens makes a bland, bored villain, coming across like Auric Goldfinger on Quaaludes. Bach is a Cosmo mannequin. There are no memorable setpieces to speak of after the pre-credits ski-jump over the cliff (though the Lotus Esprit submarine is maybe the pinnacle of the series' collection of ludicrous gadgets). Bond's traditional post-kill one-liners no longer even have the ambition to attempt awful puns.

  • All of the movie’s humor is at about that level: mildly groan-inducing but never awful And yes, this IS the movie that introduces the gigantic villain named “Jaws,” and yes, he does bite a shark to death herein. But Jaws has his roots in an actual Ian-Fleming-created bad guy, and this movie probably melds Roger Moore’s own insouciant style to an action thriller more organically and effectively than any of the other movies he played Bond in.