The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Reviewed on 2010 October 20
A late-’70s Bond that, whether from the malaise of the era or just because the writers wanted something a little darker, eschews a lot of the snappy one-liners and hamminess of the earlier Moore stuff (Live and Let Die excluded). I think that’s great. If I want comedy I don’t reach for a Bond movie.
The Potemkin, a Russian nuclear submarine, vanishes. When the same thing happens to a British sub, both sides realize that they’re being played by a third party. While trailing the culprit in Egypt, 007 (Roger Moore) forms a very tentative alliance with a beautiful Russian major (Barbara Bach), and both teams put aside Cold War squabbles to get the villain.
Despite being made in the ’70s and with some silly disco-ish music littering the soundtrack, it feels like something from the previous decade — and I mean that favorably. Even the music is redeemed with the clever use of some classical pieces later. I think Curt Jurgens is the nastiest villain so far in this franchise, and we have the sickest henchman with the introduction of Jaws. And of course, it comes with the most famous theme song of any Bond movie.
Three chocolate morsels, and some dates.