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The Spy Who loved Me was an attempt to get back to the ...,
This review is from: James Bond - The Spy Who Loved Me (Ultimate Edition 2 Disc Set) [DVD]  (DVD)
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.
The Spy Who loved Me was an attempt to get back to the standard of the Connery Bond and it succeeds more than any other Moore Bond film. The chemistry between Moore and Barbara Bach is excellent -the latter being one of the best of the Bond women. The Jaws villain is an menacing inspiration -before it all went hideously wrong in the slapstick comedy followup Moonraker. The music is good, the action is gripping, the sets outrageous. The finale of the movie however is a pale copy remake of You Only Live Twice. The ship swallows the submarine instead of the rocket swallowing the capsule, but the scenes are basically the same, but inferior, even to the point where the control room is described as "impregnable" and the battle between the forces of good and the uniformed baddies. Its an OK Bond film, not as good as the Connery films, not as bad as they were before and will be under Moore.