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on 4 April 2015
Both the British and Russians are perplexed when a submarine from each country disappears and the only link is a microfilm, detailing the movements of the British submarine, meaning that somehow a submarine can be traced.

The British send Bond and the Russians send Anya Amasova. After first fighting against each other over the microfilm, the two agents are ordered to work together against the real enemy, billionaire Karl Stromberg who plans to use the submarines to destroy the world so he can finally create his dream world beneath the sea.

However, James must also defend himself against Anya as she finds out that James had killed her lover on a previous mission...

Bond movies are never remembered for their narrative, they are remembered for the opening sequence, the villains, vehicles, and gadgets, and this one has them in droves.

After a slight back step with Golden Gun, this is the film that waved goodbye to Connerys shadow, and Moore became Bond, rather than play him, and in its favour it has some wonderful moments, and of course, the introduction of probably the most iconic Bond villains of all time.......Jaws.

His first proper scene in the pyramids is still shocking to this day, he's a cold blooded killer, plain, and simple, but on this viewing, I kept asking myself 'why on earth didn't Fekkish just stay where he was?'.

But even though he's a killer, he's also one funny character, and the scene ending with the Egyptian builders quip, isn't just a funny scene, it's also somewhat of a relief, knowing he couldn't be real, at all.

Unfortunately, it's dated badly, and it has some terrible green screen. Great miniatures, terrible green screen.

So all in all, it's the film that Moore became Bond, rather than playing him, and owns the role, even though the films after this went a little too over the top, and in turn, downhill.
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on 21 March 2008
The most sophisticated spy in cinema returns for one of the best Bonds of the 70s as Roger Moore reprises the role as the British agent in Lewis Gilbert's action adventure.

007 travels to Egypt to find out who is behind the mysterious disappearing of submarines and he is helped by Russian agent Major Anya Amasova (Bach)

This is probably one of Moore's best performances as the secret agent as he delivers a lot of sophisticated lines and jokes into the role. His attitude towards the mission and the situations which arise are brilliant and his partnership alongside Bach is one of the best Bond partnerships ever made.

The plot is consistent and very interesting to see the relationship between the two agents grow and become tense and intriguing with twists all the way through.

As per usual for Bond films there is a healthy dollop of action sequences, none more memorable than the underwater car and the scene in Stromberg's water building.

The lighting and settings are used to great effect, especially having a lot of scenes take place in the middle of the sea, which makes it tense and open.

Richard Kiel makes his Bond film debut as Jaws, perhaps the best ever Bond Villain with his metal mouth a great semiotic of evil and danger.
This film has one of the best openings to a Bond film with a great ski chase and a patriotic moment following.

The film justifies the genre, its humorous, action packed, exciting and engaging throughout with good acting and is one of the best Bond films that have ever been made.
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on 19 October 2014
James Bond is assigned to foil the plans of the evil Stromberg (Curt Jürgens) to destroy the world, so that he can create an underwater utopia. As Stromberg and his criminal syndicate have targeted both the Soviets and the Americans/British, he is lucky to be teamed up with the lovely Russian agent Triple X-Anya Amosova, played by the gorgeous Barbara Bach.

Bach plays my second favourite Bond girl-and the Bond girls are ALL so exquisite that they are hard to choose between.

Bond engages with several other beauties from the Swiss Alps to the deserts of Egypt ( a scantily clad belly dancing bevy of lovelies , are one of the magnificent delights Bond comes across when visiting his Egyptian host).to the Sardinia, where Stromberg's underwater compound is based.

In this one the frightening Jaws is also introduced as Stromberg's bloodthirsty assassin, , with his metallic razor sharp fangs, which cut through metal bars and chains, the necks of several of his victims, and even a man-eating shark. Jaws also crawls out of various seeming deaths-the perfect foil to Bond, as he has appeared as Bond's nemesis in several subsequent 007 flix.

This is certainly the best of all the Roger Moore Bond's, and while Moore's over-flippant style can be irritating, the surrounding, the action and the ladies let him get away with it , in this one at least.

The theme song by Carly Simon -Nobody Does it Better- is the best Bond theme song.
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on 28 December 2008
Roger Moore says that this is his favourite bond movie that he did and I agree that this is great movie in the series. It has some of the most recognisible moments in bond movie history including the underwater car sequence (the best car sceane in bond films ever) and cliff ski jump revealing the union jack flag (brilliant) and one the best villans ever in the 7 ft Jaws and Barbara Bach is also good as the leading lady. Possibly the best of the bond movie blockbusters, and certainly a hight point in the series.
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on 28 June 2009
Far and away Roger Moore's best film (James Bond or otherwise), this one went out of its way to be a `big' event movie, and in most respects it succeeded. Carly Simon's iconic theme song sets the tone for a slick celebration of Bond's status in British pop culture, whilst the film's high points include the stunning Barbara Bach as KGB agent Anya Amasova, Richard Kiel's ludicrous but still impressive Jaws, some great stunt work, impressive set design, and a suitably grand, end-of-the-world-threatening plot.
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on 13 August 2007
Generally accepted as THE best Bond film ever, The Spy Who Loved me has everything you could come to expect from a great Bond movie. The script is a model for all the great Bond movies, as stated in another review here, 'borrowing' elements from earlier movies. A moot point really, as all Bond films use a pretty much identical formula anyway, it's just here, it all comes together so smoothly. A great cast, reserved but non-the-less charismatic Bond Girl, a superbly over the top henchman in the shape of Jaws, a suitably hammy turn by Curt Jurgens as the webfingered Stromberg, some (for their time) great special effects and perhaps the best Bond Theme ever composed; (although the rest of the soundtrack is ok, John Barry's magic-touch is sadly missing here).

Superb and exotic locations and some fantastic action sequences (particularly involing the Lotus Esprit - I want that car!!) definitely make this an essential part of your DVD collection.
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on 28 January 2008
"The Spy Who Loved Me" was Moore's third James Bond movie. This time, Bond is up against megalomaniac Karl Stromberg (Curd Jürgens), who's stolen nuclear submarines and plans on starting a nuclear war in order to establish a new, underwater civilisation. The plot sounds similar to some of the earlier Bond movies, but remember, Blofeld's (and most other Bond villians) motivation was money; Stromberg's goal is the destruction of civilisation as we know it.

To stop Stromberg, the British Intelligence enlist the help of the Russians. Bond has to work together with the beautiful Agent Triple-X of the KGB (Barbara Bach), whose lover Bond killed in Austria. Their mission takes them to exotic locations such as Egypt, where they meet Stromberg's giant henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel). The cast list also includes Caroline Munro as Stromberg's assistant Naomi.

Even though this is the Bond movie I've seen the most number of times, it's still one of the most entertaining. The story is interesting, it never gets dull, and there's some spectacular action. In my opinion, this is the best Bond movie since "Goldfinger".
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on 9 November 2015
BY FAR THE BEST OF THE ROGER MOORE BOND ADVENTURES IF NOT ONE OF THE BEST BOND FILMS OF ALL TIME. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS MOVIE IS GREAT. FROM THE OPENING CREDITS WHERE BOND JUMPS OFF A MOUNTAIN AND UNION FLAG PARACHUTE OPENS UP. TO THE CRACKING THEME TUNE FROM CARLY SIMON & THE MUSIC SCORE FROM MARVIN HAMLISCH TO THE SUBMARINE CAR AND OF CORSE RICHARD KIEL'S ARRIVAL AS HENTCHMAN JAWS & THE TRAIN FIGHT BETWEEN BOND & KIEL. THE JOKES ARE THERE BUT NOT TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE FILM. IT HAS HUGE SCALE NOT UNLIKE BOND OF TEN YEARS EARLIER. THIS IS ONE BOND FILM NOT TO MISS. DEPENDING ON WHICH DVD YOU BUY AS THERE ARE ONE DISCS TWO DISCS AND MANY CHANGES TO THE SPECISL FEATURES. ALL HAVE AUDIO COMMENTRIES FROM THE DIRECTOR, SCRIT WRITER & PRODUCER. SOME HAVE ROGER MOORE (But Moore's Commentry can repeat over the seven films he did & he can kind of waffle a bit) THE 2 DISC ULTIMATE EDITION IS PROBABLY BEST TO GO FOR.
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on 21 April 2008
Roger Moore's third one, at 50 years old, he was good! The script from Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum is excellent, the directing from Lewis Gilbert finally proved that he was a good director because Moonraker and You Only Live Twice weren't very good. I own the Ultimate Edition 2-disc and it's superb for me. The film itself is wonderful and comes in second on my ranking of Roger Moore films. The one thing I found confusing was Stromberg himself. Curt Jurgens played him well, but his normal megalomaniacs' plot was different to that of SPECTRE and Ernst Stavro Blofeld. It was confusing, which is why I have deducted a star. Live And Let Die was better for the simple reason that it's plot was easier to understand. Not my favourite Bond film and not my favourite Moore one either, but it comes about seventh in my list.
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on 29 June 2009
Quintessential Roger Moore Bond. Best opening sequence of them all - ski chase, sky dive & Union Jack parachute reveal, all set to music. Bond keeps the British end up in this all time classic as the one liners keep on coming! Hilarious.
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