Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Moore-Dalton James Bond Movie #3

Synopsis: It's basically You Only Live Twice without the Japanese travelogue.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “From the death-defying opening that finds 007 nonchalantly skiing straight off a 3,000-foot mountain precipice to the explosive finale aboard a humongous supertanker, The Spy Who Loved Me is Bond at his exhilarating best!”

What Did I Learn?: “When someone's behind you on skis at 40 miles per hour trying to put a bullet in your back, you don't always have time to remember a face.” [Geez, who wrote this dialogue – George Lucas?]

You Might Like This Movie If: You know that Roger Moore is one dangerous dude.

Really?: 1) So, do skiiers in the Austrian Alps often wear parachutes, just in case? 2) Did I miss something... why would Stromberg need to provoke the superpowers into destroying the world so he could start his own colony? Couldn't he have created it without blowing up the world? And wouldn't all that radiation eventually contaminate the oceans, too? 3) I realize Bond is an ultra-smooth secret agent, but he seems very relaxed and witty as Jaws rips the van apart. 4) So, Bond knows how to take apart a nuclear missile. That's a useful skill. 5) Hmm...Stromberg has a shark tank he uses to dispose of people. Didn't we see that already in Live and Let Die, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice? 5) So wait, Stromberg's big plot has been foiled, and instead of...oh, I don't know, getting the fuck out of dodge, he spends his remaining time attempting to kill Bond, knowing full well the US Navy must be getting ready to fire a few torpedos up his ass.

Rating: The Spy Who Loved Me isn't one of my favourite Bond movies. Like most of Moore's 007 films, there's an over-reliance on implausible gadgets and dopey humour, and it's difficult to take the plot too seriously. That said, Moore and Barbara Bach enjoy some great chemistry as the star-crossed Bond and Agent XXX, the first half of the movie - especially the parts set in Cairo, and near the pyramids - is enjoyable, and the special effects aren't bad. The Spy Who Loved Me is a fun way to kill a couple of hours if you can put your brain on "pause." 6.5/10 stars.


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