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The Spy Who Loved Me [1977]

Director:Lewis Gilbert
Writer:Christopher Wood
Richard Maibaum
Composer:Marvin Hamlisch
Length:125 minutes
(2 hours 5 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed.

Reaction: Good fun story and not quite as ridiculous as some if you don't count Jaws' ability to bite through steel.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Lewis Gilbert => Director
Christopher Wood => Writer
Richard Maibaum => Writer
Marvin Hamlisch => Composer
Ian Fleming => Characters
Barbara Bach => Agent XXX / Major Anya Amasova
Bernard Lee => M
Caroline Munro => Naomi
Curd Jürgens => Karl Stromberg (as Curt Jurgens)
Cyril Shaps => Dr. Bechmann
Desmond Llewelyn => Q
Edward de Souza => Sheikh Hosein (as Edward De Souza)
Eva Reuber-Staier => Rubelvitch (as Eva Rueber-Staier)
Geoffrey Keen => Sir Frederick Gray
George Baker => Captain Benson
Kevin McNally => HMS Ranger Crewman
Lois Maxwell => Miss Moneypenny
Michael Billington => Sergei Barsov
Michael G. Wilson => Man in the Audience at the Pyramid Theatre (uncredited)
Milo Sperber => Prof. Markovitz
Milton Reid => Sandor
Nadim Sawalha => Aziz Fekkesh
Olga Bisera => Felicca
Richard Kiel => Jaws
Robert Brown [II] => Admiral Hargreaves
Roger Moore => James Bond
Vernon Dobtcheff => Max Kalba
Walter Gotell => General Anatol Gogol

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The famous Union Jack parachute ski jump stunt during the film's pre-title sequence was originally suggested by star George Lazenby to be used in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but the necessary equipment to film it was not available then. The Bond producers thought it was a great idea, and later added the Union Jack to the parachute and used it in this movie.
  • Prior to the introduction of Naomi, Caroline Munro accidentally sat on a bee and was stung hard on the behind. Despite the resulting pain, she was pushed on by the filmmakers to complete the scene. When shown boating in and greeting Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, the stern look on her face wasn't due only to the character of henchwoman she was playing, but the pain from the sting she was feeling.
  • Amongst the pyramids when Jaws is trailing a hidden 007, a still photograph of Roger Moore was used when they needed to have him in the shot. Hardly anyone noticed this during the film's release. Further, all the shots of pyramids used were actually models.
  • Singer, Elvis Presley saw The Spy Who Loved Me on Wednesday, August 10th 1977 during a special viewing at the General Cinema in Whitehaven, Tennessee. It was the last movie he saw as he died six days later on Tuesday, August 16th, 1977 at the age of 42.
  • One of the first directors to be considered was Steven Spielberg. There was some worry about his inexperience as he was caught up on an extremely lengthy pre-production schedule for a little film he was making at the time called Jaws, which ironically would provide inspiration for a major character in this film.
  • The chain that Jaws bites through was made of licorice.
  • The stunt driver was having problems making the Lotus Esprit look sufficiently exciting in the chase scenes because its road-holding was so good that it had to be driven dangerously fast to make it slide impressively on corners.
  • The Carl Stromberg character in this film actually has webbed hands, however, they often go unnoticed by viewers on video and DVD compared to when the movie was released in cinemas - a bigger image on a theatre screen makes them more noticeable.
  • The closing credits say, "James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only" but, because of the successes of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Moonraker was chosen.
  • Jaws actor Richard Kiel could only keep the metal teeth in his mouth for about half a minute at a time due to the excessive pain and discomfort. He often had to show comic expressions which was quite contradictory to the way he was feeling wearing the extremely uncomfortable braces. In order to simulate the character's metal teeth, Richard Kiel's stunt double Martin Grace used pieces of orange peel wrapped in tin foil.