Friday, February 12, 2016

The Spy Who Loved Me 1977

     A British Royal Navy Polaris submarine with sixteen nuclear warheads disappears on a patrol mission.  James Bond and Major Anya Amasova from the Soviet Union are sent to find out what happened.  They suspect wealthy Karl Stromberg had something to do with the event.  Karl has a henchman known as Jaws, he is a giant of a man with a mouthful of very strong metal teeth.  A solution to the missing warheads must be found quickly before they can be fired at selected targets. 
     This is a Bond film with a bigger budget and more gadgets.  There are exotic locations too with scenes of Egyptian antiquities at night.  Stromberg has two major countries on edge with each other but working together.  He has the unusual Liparus Supertanker and his spectacular Atlantis home.  This time the Bond girl is more of an equal with rank, intelligence and commitment to the cause.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

125 minutes, Action directed by Lewis Gilbert with Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jurgens, Richard Kiel, Caroline Munro, Walter Gotell, Geoffrey Keen, Bernard Lee, George Baker, Michael Billington, Olga Bisera.

Note:  Imdb 7.1 out of 10, 79% critic 76% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.5* out of 5* with 340 reviews.
Special Note:  The theme song is Nobody does it Better sung by Carly Simon.  Filming locations were England, Canada, Switzerland, Scotland, Italy, Egypt, Bahamas, Malta and Japan.  In the scene of Major Amasova driving a stick shift, she actually couldn’t shift and the lines are unscripted.  Richard Kiel in the role of Jaws was 7' 2" tall and he lived to be 74 years old.  He had jobs as a night club bouncer and cemetery plot salesman before film and TV roles

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