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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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.

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James Bond is back again and his new mission is to find out how a Royal Navy Polaris submarine holding sixteen nuclear warheads simply disappears whilst 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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3 August 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La espía que me amó  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,347,927 (USA) (17 July 1977)

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$46,800,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the sleeve notes of the CD soundtrack of this movie, Composer John Barry allegedly could not return to the UK for taxation purposes, and so did not compose the score for this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the underwater sequence, right before Bond fires a torpedo on a diver, he steers left, but the sub turns right (although this could conceivably be an idiosyncrasy of the sub's design). 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.
Young officer, HMS Ranger: [to crewman] Keep 500 feet
HMS Ranger crewman: Keep 500 feet, sir.
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Crazy Credits

First opening credit sequence to incorporate specially shot footage of the actor playing James Bond (in this case, Roger Moore). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Moana (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Eastern Lights
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Music by Paul Buckmaster
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One Of The Best Bond Movies (And Theme Song) Ever
16 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a nice surprise this was, a change for me since re-viewing some of these old Bond movies. With the exception of "Goldfinger," I've been disappointed in the rest....but not this one. This film seemed far better than I had remembered, one of the best James Bond movies I've seen. My first look in over 30 years at this stunned me. I couldn't believe how entertaining and fun it was to watch!

It's enjoyable right from the start and features my all-time favorite "Bond song" - "Nobody Does It Better," By Carly Simon. It's sung or palyd throughout the movie.

This was Roger Moore's third attempt at playing James Bond and he really hit his stride with this, being a natural as the suave spy. The action is plentiful but never seems too much or gets boring with an excess. It never quite crosses that line, although it comes close a few times.

Curt Jurgens is very low-key as the villain "Karl Stromberg." His role really isn't all that big. You don't see much of him until the end. Who you DO see is the seven-foot, two-inch giant "Jaws" (Richard Kiel) the main with the iron teeth. He is fun to watch, and is almost indestructible, like the evil cyborg in "Terminator 2." Jaws just keeps coming back no matter what you do to him.

Overall, this Bond film is attractive because it has just the right mixture of action, suspense and humor, and another pretty leading lady in Barbara Bach. I'm not sold on her Russian accent as "Major Anya Amasova" but she is nice the eyes. The accent made her appear sub- par as an actress. Otherwise, no complaints.

The cinematography in here, too, is above-average. There are very nicely-filmed scenes with interesting camera-work. Good work, all-around!


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