The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Watched 20130830 (Netflix, Instant, HD) (Streaming until 20130902)
Watched 2nd half 20160103 (Television)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Lewis Gilbert. 125 min [title taken from tnotsn (1962) by Ian Fleming]

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Major Anya Amasova (Agent XXX) (Barbara Bach) and James Bond (Roger Moore).

Despite watching Titan A.E. and The Wild Thornberrys Movie last night while blogging, I wasn't quite ready to give my full attention to a James Bond movie and watched the first half of this movie in the background while playing League of Legends.

At some point, I realized that Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me got its name as a play on the title of this movie, "The Spy Who Loved Me."

The villain Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens) 

While I didn't see a portion of the movie, I would definitely watch the movie again for the henchman Jaws. Jaws, like Oddjob in Goldfinger (1964), is a popular henchman in the James Bond series. Jaws, however, makes a return in Moonraker (1979).

The movie's main Bond girl, Anya Amasova, is also a good reason to watch this movie. In contrast with most Bond girls, the character is smarter, tougher, and, in general, capable of taking care of herself.

The movie also features one of the cooler vehicles in the Bond series: a Lotus Esprit which can convert into a submarine.

Overall, unless you're looking for Roger Moore's funniest Bond film (Moonraker), then you should check out The Spy Who Loved Me, as it might be his best Bond film.

Bond and Amasova take a plunge in a Lotus Esprit.

[Part of Movies: James Bond]

Instant Comments:
Lol: electrifying the metallic teeth is smart thinking
Subtly referencing the girl as opposed to the boat she's walking towards, Bond says "What a handsome craft. What lovely lines."
Hehe. "One tries."
Lol. Yeah, if sludge hits your front window, then you should definitely swerve wildly, because that's bound to remedy the situation in a positive way.

No problem, it converts into a submarine.

That's awesome. "Can you swim?"
Ha. Smart. Put a window at the top of your secret research area so people can see what you're up to.
"How did you know about that?" "I stole the blueprints of this car two years ago."
Hehe. The munitions room was fully stocked. And yet the enemy seems fairly well stocked.

Jaws gets dunked, but who's the real threat here?

Lol. They're looking at a map of the globe which shows the position of the submarines. Then when the missiles are fired, they're supposed position is also shown. However, they are shown as traveling in an upward arch, as if they curved up towards the north pole and back down, barely missing each other. Now the missiles are being launched into the air, but their position should be the projection onto the flat globe. The scene is visually informative, but unrealistic.

M: 007!
General: Triple X!
Minister of Defence: Bond! What do you think you're doing?
Hehe. Jaws.
"Keeping the British end up, Sir."
James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only. [20130918: For Your Eyes Only (1981) was actually pushed back for the space-themed Moonraker (1979), due to the success of Star Wars (1977).]

Bond and Anya in the escape pod. "Keeping the British end up, Sir."

I was flipping through the channels and stumbled upon this movie on television (KTLA 5.3). I dropped into the film at the point where Bond (Roger Moore) and Amasova (Barbara Bach) are fleeing from a helicopter. Eventually Bond loses the copter by diving into the ocean, "Can you swim?"

Next in the channel's James Bond marathon was GoldenEye (1995).

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