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Tricia's retro film review: The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)


The Spy Who Loved Me is the 1977 film featuring Roger Moore as James Bond. This time he is tracking down missing British and Russian submarines. The trail leads him to Egypt where he hopes to get some submarine tracking system plans. However, The Soviet Union also wants those plans so they send a Russian agent named Anya Amasova a.k.a Triple X on the case. They soon cross paths. The person that Bond was supposed to meet is killed by Jaws, who is an assassin with metal teeth. Bond bumps into Anya and they chase down the plans together. Anya seems to have taken the plans away from Bond and he has to report back to M. However, it turns out that that M and General Gogol, the head of the KGB agrees to call a truce in order to fight the real enemy: industrialist Karl Stromberg. The two agents then go to Sardinia where they visit Stromberg who tries to kill them, but fails. They plan to invade his hideout but there is a catch: Bond had to kill Anya’s boyfriend on a mission. She vows to kill him when the mission ends. Can 007 stop Stromberg and melt Anya’s heart?

This is a much better entry in the James Bond series during the Roger Moore era. It works because it does away with the campy tone. While there is humor, and 007 continues to make a lot of quips. The movie knows when to be serious and when to be funny. The film has nothing to do with the book except the title. In fact, Ian Fleming didn’t want the film makers to adapt the original story which is actually about a Bond woman who is escaping from two hired killers and Bond only appears in the last third of the book. Which would have not made for a very good film because most people expect to see James Bond in the first ten minutes. This may be one of the few loose adaptations of a book that may be superior to the original. Viewers might snicker at the continuity mistake saying that For Your Eyes Only is next when Moonraker was made next. Honolulu 007 fans should buy this movie.

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