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A welcome shine is brought to one of the most polished Bond,
This review is from: The Spy Who Loved Me (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 6 May 2014 21:54:50 BDT
Timelord - 007 says:
Superb review of the highest order Charles I thoroughly enjoyed reading this review.
Posted on 9 May 2014 13:53:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 May 2014 14:04:28 BDT
Nomar G. Nillit says:
Holy Christ! This review was written a decade-and-a-half ago!
This guy probably doesn't even know about Daniel Craig; Probably hasn't even seen 'Casino Royale' yet - and WON'T for another SIX YEARS! Still, on the plus side he's got 'Die Another Day' to look forward to... lucky feller.
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