I have found some strange tidbits while doing this James Bond re-watch, such as I don’t remember much about any of these movies. For example, I am up to The Spy Who Loved Me and I remember watching it.
Yet, I have seemingly forgotten most of it.
In fact, the only things I remember from this movie was the cold open with the skis (although truthfully, I thought this was in For Your Eyes Only), the underwater car, and Jaws (Richard Kiel) on the train (by the way, I don’t know why Bond keeps going on trains. He seems to always get attacked there). The rest of this movie felt like a brand new one. I know I saw it, but it really blends together with other ones. So I am glad I am doing this re-watch because it gives me an opportunity to have a better knowledge of each movie and to separate them more.
Plus, of course, most of these have been really good.
The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth movie chronologically in the James Bond franchise and the third film with Roger Moore as 007.
James Bond (Roger Moore) teams up with Soviet Agent XXX, Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) to investigate the disappearance of two nuclear submarines, one from the Soviet Union and one from Great Britain (Yes, I got a definite You Only Live Twice vibe to it). The Bond villain in this case was Stromberg (Curd Jürgens), who was looking to launch the missiles at New York and Moscow. He hired the all-time henchman Jaws, the indestructible man with metal teeth. Jaws made it through a couple of Bond movies because he was such a great villain.
It was refreshing that Stromberg was not interested in a blackmail scheme (unlike all of the other Bond villains… yes, I’m looking at you Blofeld!). However, I still do not understand these villains. They have Bond captured, why not just put a bullet in his head. They let him live and he always comes back and kills them.
I enjoyed the relationship between Bond and Anya. There is an interesting conflict thrown into the relationship that causes some strife between them. That conflict is not really handled as well as it could have been. I would have liked to see more from Anya as she wound up being rescued by Bond quite a bit. She was very smart, but her dialogue in the last third or so of the film was, “James,” and then pointing at something that was about to happen. I know this was the 70’s but I like strong women.
There are some fun gadgets involved here and it was not over top. The underwater car was a cool gadget that worked well. You can see though that the franchise is going to be moving more in that direction.