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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – A 007 Quick Capsule Review

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

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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