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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST EVER BOND MOVIES OF ALL TIME !!
For me this has to be one of the best 007 movies of all time starring super cool Roger Moore as the legendary secret agent James Bond. This movie has it all from the gadget laden and minisub converting Lotus Esprit S1. To the lovely Bond Girls such as Agent Triple x Barbara Bach the theme by Carly Simon and Jaws. Industrialist and madman played by Kurt Yugens as Stromberg...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Spy Who loved Me was an attempt to get back to the ...
I never found Roger Moore very convincing as Bond. It was dificult to see how the Ruthless Connery could be the same character and personality as the smarmy lightweight Moore. The Bond movies in the 70s also became slapstick comedies rather than tense thrillers, more embarrassing than gripping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST EVER BOND MOVIES OF ALL TIME !!, 28 Nov 2006
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NEO "Daren" (orpington kent) - See all my reviews
For me this has to be one of the best 007 movies of all time starring super cool Roger Moore as the legendary secret agent James Bond. This movie has it all from the gadget laden and minisub converting Lotus Esprit S1. To the lovely Bond Girls such as Agent Triple x Barbara Bach the theme by Carly Simon and Jaws. Industrialist and madman played by Kurt Yugens as Stromberg who want world domination through a nuclear war. He steals a British Nuclear sub and a Russian one which are taken inside a huge super tanker. Bond is drafted in to track down Stromberg with Triple x and chase around the world with Jaws in pursuit. Finally Strombergs underwater palace named 'Atlantis' is destroyed by a torpedo from the American sub.

There are many memorable sequences in this film such as Bonds escape from the KGB in Austria, to the Esprit coming out onto the beach , the attack by Jaws in the valley of the kings in egypt to Bond facing off Stromberg at the end of the movie. The extras are axtensive on this new issue and are a little better than the previous issue. A documentary charts the films troubled beginning to script changes and a the building of the huge soundstage at Pinewood. To the detailed events on how Colin Chapman managed to get the then new Lotus Esprit to take on a starring role in the film. I'm not sure I would buy this issue as I have the previous one but it's a must for the Bond fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far Moore's best, 21 Jan 2002
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After the very mediocre 'The man with the golden gun', the series returns with a vengeance. 'The Spy who loved me' is cinematic genius. It is easy to see why this film got people back into Bond when it was first released. The action is explosive and gripping, the women are quite possibly the most beautiful ever seen in a Bond film and the comedy instead of being forced and immature is absolutely hilarious! Moore gives his best perfomance of his 7 films and he is not let down by the supporting role from Barbara Bach and Richard Kiel. The music is fantastic, particularly the theme song by Carly Simon. If you do not own this video already then you have a bleak void in your collection which can only be filled by this film alone. Whether you are a Bond fan or not, I have no doubt that you will love this film right from the breathtaking opening sequence to the hysterical (and quite camp!!!) ending. Quite simply brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome shine is brought to one of the most polished Bond, 29 Nov 2000
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Charles Mackenzie "Comedy Chas" (Glasgow, UK) - See all my reviews
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If "Goldfinger" defined how Bond movies would look in the 60's, then "The Spy Who Loved Me" has defined Bond from 1977 to the present day. The spectacular pre-credit sequence, use of many exotic locations, huge sets and a henchman to equal Harold Sakata's Oddjob - neither have ever been bettered.
On DVD, "Spy" is a joy to watch, the clean, slick action looks sharper than ever. ...The first of the Bonds to use the Cold War as the main thrust of the plot, sets Bond up with Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), a Soviet agent to find two missing submarines stolen by ocean-obsessed Stromberg (Curt Jurgens) and stop him destroying the world and drive the human population into the sea. This is a spectacular romp which hasnt really dated much in the 23 years since its release.
This is also Roger Moore at his best. Moore's Bond is much-maligned by Bond afficionados but here he catches the perfect mix of smooth sophistication, cutting one-liners and hard arrogance. He has no problem flicking his tie to send a villain falling to his death, something Moore's Bond would later find uncomfortable to do. The one-liners are better than ever and Moore delivers them with aplomb. The supporting cast are exceptional, Bach isnt the best actress (watch out for her trying to contain her laughter in the final scene with Moore) but she carries the job off well, and looks fanatastic alongside the stunning locations, and Curt Jurgens is a suitably megalomaniac villain. But it is Richard Kiel as Jaws who steals the show, as the henchman with stainless steel teeth. Kiel manages to bring both menace and humour to the role and without one single line of dialogue. It is unfortunate that the producers of Moonraker chose to hang this character out to dry with a terrible denoument.
Bonds journeys from the Austrian alps, and quite probably the best Bond-stunt - dare I say movie stunt - ever with a death-defying ski-jump off a mountain to reveal 007's Union Jack parachute which has all and sundry cheering wildly,(no CGI technology here, the Bond producer's philosophy still stands, if it cant be done in real life, then dont do the stunt!)and continues to Egypt, Sardinia and the mid-Atlantic in his efforts to save the world and stop Anya killing him for avanging the death of her lover at the hands of Bond.
Marvin Hamlisch handles the score beautifully with a delighful mix of classic Bond and modern tunes and one of the best Bond theme songs to boot.
Its all great stuff and the DVD sharpness adds to the beauty of the Great Pyramids. In fact this movie is best suited to DVD as it has a sharp style to it throughout, be it the sleek Lotus Esprit that turns into a submarine, or Jaws deadly razor-sharp teeth, a joy to watch.
The extras are excellent, an extended documentary covering all aspects of production and a well-earned tribute to Ken Adam who's work on the Bond films have set the standard for the series and who's ideas have been used for the likes of Austin Powers and True Lies.
This is a must for lovers of Bond or even just action movies. This film defined action movies for years to come, being made at a time when quality action movies were few and far between, this is a stand-out! Get it folks, because nobody does it better!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great film ..... but is this really the Ultimate Edition DVD?, 8 Aug 2006
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Jivespin (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire) - See all my reviews
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The Spy Who Loved Me contains some of THE iconic images from the James Bond film series - the Lotus Esprit, the skiing stunt complete with the Union Jack parachute - as well as Roger Moore in top form as our hero, James Bond. The film also has one of the great BOnd villans in Jaws, here genuinely menacing before he was reduced as a comic villan in Mookraker as well as a top quality Bond lady in Barbara Bach.

This DVD has cleaned up the original film and this copy of The Spy Who Loved Me is sparkling. However, I do have reservations in this Ultimate Edition DVD in comparing this DVD with the Special Edition release of five years ago. In my opinion there is not that much difference between the two, both have the same excellent documentaries and photographs and contain the same commentary from the makers of the film. There are only two significant differences - firstly, the menus are different, but not necessarily better, and secondly, the DVD contains a commentary from Roger Moore. For this alone the DVD is worth buying as the commentary is excellent and shows Moore as the charming man he is.

However, if you are not interested in the Moore commentary but already own TSWLM on DVD, then this DVD is not worth buying as it is not radically different from the previous release. For this reason alone, I have deducted one star from my rating as undoubtedly TSWLM is defintely a five star film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars double-'o' heaven in '77!, 13 Sep 2008
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R. Smith "droogzilla" (scotland.) - See all my reviews
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1974: Cubby Broccolli, with his taste for lavish finery and all the luxurious leisures in life, pored uneasily over the less than earth-shattering returns on 'GOLDEN GUN': while far from a box-office flop, the monetary---and critical-----rewards were pale in comparison with earlier, superior 007 entries.

The public clearly clamoured for spectacle, as the dynamics for cinema audiences was truly changing, especially with 'young guns ' on the block [SPIELBERG and LUCAS] snapping at BROCCOLLI'S heels, eating inroads into his once-profitable cinematic series.

Re-thinking his strategy with an almost militaristic precision, CUBBY spent much time and resources on this next BOND outing, neccessitating a 3-year gap between movie releases.

Opting to grab the audience by the scruff of the neck, and bludgeon them senseless thereon, 'BROCCERS' proceeded to do exactly that, with the exhillerating, goose-pimple inducing 'suicidal' ski-jump off a perilous cliff: this rates as THE definitive pre-title sequence, which segues successfully into the somewhat 'stuck -in-time' theme song, which nevertheless suits this particular film nicely.

MOORE'S interpretation here is still 'quipsville UK' but the dangers and glossy melodramas are treated with relative respect, the out-and-out flippancy [which angered many BOND purists] more a product of the 80s outings. MOORE has touted this extravaganza as his own personal favourite, and for sheer spectacle and cutting-edge [1977-style] action octane, remains a high water mark of the MOORE contributions, and of the series itself.

BARBARA BACH cuts a rigid dash as an initially-frosty, RUSSKIE ice-maiden, who eventually warms to BOND'S western quips, and emerges as a beautiful, memorable 007 heroine. RICHARD KIEL'S 'JAWS' character is a worthy, fitting adversory and BOND opponent, coming on as a TERMINATOR-like unstoppable killing-machine, and works very well within the format of this film. 'BLACK HEART' RUM beauty CAROLINE MUNROE also radiates brriefly, though her character is also 'terminated' all too quickly.

The 'underwater lotus' sequence impressed deeply in summer 1977, and although it has been easily superceded by today's ever more polished special effects, still retains a splendid period charm, cementing the craft's status as one of the most memorable BOND vehicles ever. Excellent production design in baddie STROMBERG'S vast underwater fortress, 'ATLANTIS' , which rises from the sea with a 'WAR of the WORLDS' vigour. STROMBERG may not be among the most memorable BOND villian, but his outlandish ambitions yield the usually impressive mayhem so beloved of BROCCOLLI.

A climatic action sequence [with a nautical, submarine-docking backdrop] is choreographed almost like a symphonic ballet, with endless flying bodies, machine-gun casualties and bomb victims who keep their heads and limbs intact, without so much as a drop of blood spilled......goodness only knows what a veteran who experienced all-out WAR in the real world would make of all this!

This enjoyable, lavish outing ends with BOND and BACH cavorting in a luxurious marine-craft which bobs boyountly on the vast Atlantic seas, and the credits roll as a rousing reprise of the theme song [belted out, Military-style] concluding a superior, nicely entertaining entry in the BOND stakes.

BROCCOLLI sat triumphantly as he viewed the finished, pre-view cut; he knew instinctively he had successfully rejuvenated the slipping franchize back to it's winning level........this was clearly the direction to adhere to, and his frequent visits to SAVILLE ROW tailors, and his craving for the high life he so aching desired, would remain a reasurringly long-term reality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moore finds his groove as Bond, 2 Oct 2007
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Mr. Stephen Kennedy "skenn1701a" (Doha, Qatar) - See all my reviews
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By this 1977 movie, the Roger Moore era of movies had found their direction and formula. The same as Goldfinger represented the coming together of ingredients for Connery, here Moore is at his most relaxed in the role, but still young enough to get away with it, and the sets, the villain, the set pieces, all create the mood for the definitive Moore Bond movie.
Alas, the definitive Bond movie has aged badly, unless you are able to relish the campness of the massive (and still impressive) sets and the script apparently written by a three year old (GIRL: `James, I need you!'... BOND: `..so does England!'). It's a miracle that medical attention was not required to remove tongues from cheeks...
Clearly, the mood of the times was for escapism and fantasy - and this movie fit the mould well. Barbara Bach is one of the most beautiful Bond girls, and actually plays quite a strong role, even though her acting lessons seem to have been taken at a carpentry school instead of a drama school. The signature stunt at the beginning of the movie, where Bond skis off a cliff and after a few heartstopping moments the parachute bursts open to reveal the Union Jack, is sublime lunacy that raised cheers in the cinema in 1977. Curt Jurgens is inspired casting to lend a degree of gravitas to the megalomaniac Stromberg. An additional bonus is the first appearance of Jaws, played by Richard Kiel - you can't help feeling that the scenes where he keeps trying and failing to get 007 leave you rooting for Jaws more than Bond. It's obvious why they brought him back in the next movie. The music has shifted in tone from John Barry's classic riffs and stringy feel, to an electronic mood, which again exaggerates the 70's feel of the movie... and let's not start on the ladies hairstyles... And the character of Bond is changing. More one liners than ever to be sure.. but compare Connery in the very similar action scene at the end of You Only Live Twice (same director) - there, Connery moves gracefully throught the milieu almost like a dancer, dealing with the enemy only as and when he needs to to achieve his goal, leaving the fighting and blowing up to others. Here, Moore has to be at the centre of everything, and lead all the action scenes. It's a trend which takes the character into fantasy more than ever before.
The Ultimate Edition has the crystal clear picture and sound we have come to expect, and all the extras from the Special Edition, including the essential documentary Inside The Spy Who Loved Me, and the commentary of the movie - all excellent value. New features include a brand new commentary by Moore, and an abundance of minor period featurettes, such as the 007 sound stage dedication, opened by Harold Wilson, the ex -PM.
This is a movie much parodied, and obviously camp and dated, and yet that is its whole appeal - it was at the time entirely original (well, except the plot elements stolen from other Bond movies) and full of iconic items and moments - the Lotus Esprit, the Pyramids light show, the first movie appearance of a jetski, Jaws... It is a movie which in no way tries to be timeless - it is very much of the time, and as such it's a small treasure.... as long as you know what you are letting yourself in for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Moore's 'FX show' Bonds, 19 Feb 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The Spy Who Loved Me holds up, along with You Only Live Twice, as the best of the special effects show Bond movies (like Lewis Gilbert's other Bond, the dire Moonraker, it more or less shares the same plot and even identical camera set-ups in places). Planned to turn the Bonds back into blockbusters after the somewhat more down to Earth Harry Saltzman left the series, Cubby Broccoli plays safe with a virtual `greatest hits' compilation album of all your favorite Bond setpieces (the train fight from From Russia With Love, a gadget-filled car a la Goldfinger, a ski chase a la OHMSS, etc), but its put together with skill, panache and a sense of the epic that carries you along. Moore's Bond still has a bit of steel in him and the script is so good you find yourself wondering if it really is the same Christopher Wood responsible for the British soft-porn Confessions series credited as co-writer.

As with others in the series, the upgrade to 2-disc `Ultimate Edition' at times feels more cosmetic than actual in terms of extras (as usual, there are plenty of other potential supplements, such as Movietone newsreel footage of the shoot, that have not been included), although alongside brief archive footage of the massive purpose-built 007 Stage being dedicated, a vintage Roger Moore and a 1977 promo featurette covering the shoot in Egypt there are production designer Ken Adams' home movies of the shoot and a storyboard sequence. But, alongside Moore's new commentary, perhaps the most enjoyable extras are the TV spots and the teaser trailer introduced by Moore in character carried over from the previous issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Bonds, 9 Oct 2000
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To my mind, this is the best of the Bonds. Roger Moore is at his apex both in his role as sophisticated secret agent and clowning buffoon. The stunning locations range from the oceans of Stromberg's underwater palace - Atlantis - to the sun-kissed beaches of Sardinia, the Pyramids of Egypt and the ski-slopes of the Austrian Alps. The characters are unmatched in any Bond film - we have the usual star-turns from Q and M, but Richard kiel as Jaws and Barbara Bach as Anya steal the limelight as the casting director's dreams come to life. Also worth a mention are chubby tie-wearing assasin Chandor, slick bearded night-club owner Max Kalber and the cowardly little Mr Aziz Fekesh. No review of 'Spy', howver, would be complete without mentioning the wonderful performance of Kurt Jurgens who plays villainous Karl Stromberg, shipping magnate, bon-viveur and the man who feeds his secretary to a hungry shark accompanied by Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. Stromberg is a man who likes to be associated with the trappings of cultural excellence - he adores Botticelli, he's a fan of Mozart and he is constantly nibbling on gastronomic delights. His plan, however, to create "a new and beautiful world beneath the sea" is surely a warped echo of the Beatles song "An Octopus's Garden" and gives us a clear indication as to how bonkers Stromberg really is. 'Spy' turns out a plethora of terrific gadgets - the Lotus that turns into a submarine, the ski-pole that shoots a deadly man blast, and the Union Jack parachute - a truly incredible stunt. The screen is also graced by Naomi, Stromberg's loyal assistant, and arguably the most charming assassin ever to lock horns with Bond. Roger Moore revels in his element and ensures that Ian Fleming's 'The Spy Who Loved Me' endures forever - entertaining, thrilling and ultimately "keeping the British end up".
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond's Greatest Hits - the ultimate Bond compilation film!, 12 Dec 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The Spy Who Loved Me holds up, along with You Only Live Twice, as the best of the special effects show Bond movies (like Lewis Gilbert's other Bond, the dire Moonraker, it more or less shares the same plot and even identical camera set-ups in places). Planned to turn the Bonds back into blockbusters after the somewhat more down to Earth Harry Saltzman left the series, Cubby Broccoli plays safe with a virtual `greatest hits' compilation album of all your favorite Bond setpieces (the train fight from From Russia With Love, a gadget-filled car a la Goldfinger, a ski chase a la OHMSS, etc), but its put together with skill, panache and a sense of the epic that carries you along. Moore's Bond still has a bit of steel in him and the script is so good you find yourself wondering if it really is the same Christopher Wood responsible for the British soft-porn Confessions series credited as co-writer.

If you only want the film rather than the extras, this single-disc is a fair bet, including the new Roger Moore audio commentary from the two-disc Ultimate Edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Moore's Finest Bond movie, 11 Sep 2014
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This review is from: The Spy Who Loved Me [Blu-ray] [1977] (Blu-ray)
I heard on the radio this morning the sad news about the passing away of Richard Kiel, who played the villain Jaws in this movie, and which prompted me to write this review. My father took me to watch this film at the cinema, I was a 10 year old boy at the time, and this was my first experience of seeing Bond on the big screen. I loved it. James Bond, played by the suave and insouciant Moore, teams up with a lovely Russian secret agent, played by Barbara Bach, to stop the arch-villain Stromberg from using two stolen nuclear-armed submarines to destroy life on earth. Stromberg wants to do this so that he can create and master a new undersea kingdom. Stromberg's chief henchman is Jaws, a 7 foot, 2 inch tall man mountain with steel teeth, and he instructs him to kill Bond and the Russian agent. What follows then is a sequence of "face offs" between Jaws and Bond, in locations such as Egypt, Nassau and Sardinia. This movie is replete with amazing feats of daring and visual spectacle. For example, Bond makes a daring jump off a 90 foot cliff in the opening sequence. There is a thrilling car chase scene where Bond is pursued in his Lotus Esprit sports car, a car which in reality was only just about to come on the market for sale. The Lotus can change into a submarine, and there is a well shot sequence where the car drives into the sea, submerges, and then drives out again. This was clearly a big budget movie, Stromberg's space age home on the sea, a globe on top of stalks, must have cost a fortune to engineer and build. I think that this is, by some margin, Roger Moore's best outing as Bond, and the film owes a lot to Kiel's menacing portrayal as the killer with the metal teeth. I'll always have a soft spot for this film, given that it was my memorable introduction to Bond at the Cinema, but I think that it has aged very well and is still a highly enjoyable film.
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