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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Christopher Wood (screenplay), Richard Maibaum (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... James Bond
Barbara Bach ... Maj. Anya Amasova / Agent XXX
Curd Jürgens ... Karl Stromberg (as Curt Jurgens)
Richard Kiel ... Jaws
Caroline Munro ... Naomi
Walter Gotell ... Gen. Anatol Gogol
Geoffrey Keen ... Sir Frederick Gray
Bernard Lee ... M
George Baker ... Capt. Benson
Michael Billington ... Sergei Barsov
Olga Bisera Olga Bisera ... Felicca
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
Edward de Souza ... Sheikh Hosein (as Edward De Souza)
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Max Kalba
Valerie Leon ... Hotel Receptionist
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Storyline

James Bond is back again and his new mission is to find out how a Royal Navy Polaris submarine holding sixteen nuclear warheads simply disappeared while on patrol. Bond joins Major Anya Amasova and takes on a a web-handed mastermind, known as Karl Stromberg, as well as his henchman Jaws, who has a mouthful of metal teeth. Bond must track down the location of the missing submarine before the warheads are fired. Written by simon

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He's Bond. He's Back. He's 007. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

3 August 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spy Who Loved Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$46,838,673

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,838,673
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints, original release)| 4-Track Stereo (London premiere print)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Jaws' car crashes into an old man's hut in Sardinia, he says in Italian: "Mamma mia che è successo? Oddio, tutto distrutto!", which roughly translates to: "Oh my, what happened? Oh my god, it's all destroyed!" See more »

Goofs

In the parachute scene at the beginning of the movie, one quarter panel of the "Union Flag" parachute was obviously sewn in upside down. The thin red stripe on one corner of the flag is not symmetrical with the other three. See more »

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[first lines]
HMS Ranger Navigator: Captain wants to keep 500 feet.
Young officer, HMS Ranger: [over PA] Maneuvering, Control. Come in shallow to 500 feet.
[to crewman]
Young officer, HMS Ranger: Keep 500 feet.
HMS Ranger crewman: 500 feet it is, sir.
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Crazy Credits

"THE END of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME JAMES BOND will return in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY" - though in fact the next film in the series was switched to Moonraker in light of the success of sci-fi movie Star Wars. Thus Moonraker went unannounced and For Your Eyes Only was promised twice. For the other incidence in the series of the next film being announced in error, see Octopussy. See more »

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Referenced in Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Air on a G String
(uncredited)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Bond, Back to Basics...
7 April 2004 | by cariartSee all my reviews

After the critical and commercial beating taken by THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, producer Albert Broccoli, now solely in charge of the 007 franchise, had to re-evaluate the series for the third time in less than ten years. Certainly, Roger Moore would never be believable in a Sean Connery-type Bond film, but couldn't some of the series' best elements be restored, and the comedy reduced a bit, to make Moore's Bond a bit more believable?

The research, which became the basis of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, took over two years to complete, and the script went through many writers before the final draft, by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum. With a renewed emphasis on more realistic action, Broccoli brought back Lewis Gilbert to direct; his earlier Bond effort, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, while not a major 'hit', had featured the most spectacular action sequences of the series. With Gilbert on board, the production became very reminiscent of the Connery film (Even the concept of a supertanker 'swallowing' submarines echoed YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, and the spacecraft-'eating' SPECTRE capsule).

As the villain, esteemed German actor Curt Jurgens was cast as Karl Stromberg, an ideal choice, as the actor, with his bulging eyes, 'fit' the role of a fish-like megalomaniac. Playing his henchman, Jaws, in an inspired piece of casting, giant Richard Kiel, complete with 'bear-trap' steel teeth, would provide Moore with the greatest danger he'd ever face as Bond. Kiel was, in fact, so good in the role (possibly the most popular villain of the entire 007 franchise), that he would return in MOONRAKER, to bedevil Bond some more. Less successful, dramatically, but still astonishing to watch would be Stromberg's 'hit woman', Naomi, played by voluptuous Caroline Munro.

In an effort to 'update' Bond into an era of feminists, the strongest, most independent love interest to appear in at Bond film to that point was introduced. Major Anya Amasova, played by Ringo Starr's wife, the exotically beautiful Barbara Bach, was Bond's opposite number on the Russian side, an equal to 007 in every way. In a pivotal scene, she would display a knowledge of Bond's past that even included his dead wife, Tracy (the first time Bond's marriage had been mentioned since ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE). Moore's reaction to her comment would be both emotional and abrupt, and demonstrated that he could do far more than just deliver witty one-liners.

From the spectacular ski chase pre-title sequence, climaxing with a parachute free fall off a cliff (love that 'Union Jack'), to Bond and Anya's confrontations with Jaws, in Egypt (reminiscent of Bond's fights with Oddjob in GOLDFINGER and Tee Hee in LIVE AND LET DIE), to the amazing Lotus that would do service on land and in the ocean, to the massive tanker battle while Bond disarms a nuclear warhead (shades of GOLDFINGER), THE SPY WHO LOVED ME would do homage to 007's previous adventures, and utilize humor in support of the on-screen action, instead of spoofing it (other than the brief use of the LAWRENCE OF ARABIA theme...you'll spot it).

And to top things off, Carly Simon's rendition of the film's title tune, "Nobody Does It Better", would become a Top Ten hit, worldwide.

Critics and audiences loved THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, hailing it as Moore's best work, and one of the better Bonds of all time. Things were, again, looking up for 007...but STAR WARS was about to debut, and things would go dreadfully amiss, when Broccoli decided to send Bond into space, in MOONRAKER...


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