Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Spy Who Loved Me may not be to everyones taste but rewatching Roger Moore’s third outing as 007 reminded me just how many of his best moments were in this film. Underwater Lotus, the ski chase (and Union flag parachute) , the assault on the tanker and one of Bond’s best title sequences and themes… The Spy Who Loved Me is a quintessential Bond film, possibly even more so than Goldfinger (even if they do differ greatly in overall quality). Whilst early bonds like You Only Live Twice toyed with the format, it’s here that the true template for Bond movies would be set in stone. It would also lead Moore’s Bond down the path of silliness (next up: Moonraker) but at least here it’s still a whole lot of fun. One thing that I hadn’t remembered: Barbara Bach, whilst filling all the standard requirements for a Bond girl, really could act for shit. I mean she’s REALLY bad. On reflection against Richard Kiel she could have won an academy award but still… so overall I get why some people don’t like The Spy Who Loved Me but for me this is Bond at it’s most… Bond.
Best Bit: THAT opening sequence
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: The Man With The Golden Gun, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice