The Spy Who Loved Me (film)
|The Spy Who Loved Me|
British cinema poster for The Spy Who Loved Me, illustrated by Bob Peak
|Directed by||Lewis Gilbert|
|Produced by||Albert R. Broccoli|
|Screenplay by||Christopher Wood
|Based on||James Bond
by Ian Fleming
|Music by||Marvin Hamlisch|
|Edited by||John Glen|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$185.4 million|
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is the tenth spy film in the James Bondseries, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. Curd Jürgens and Barbara Bach co-star. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the screenplay was written by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum.
The film takes its title from Ian Fleming‘s novel The Spy Who Loved Me, the tenth book in the James Bond series, though it does not contain any elements of the novel’s plot. The storyline involves a reclusive megalomaniac named Karl Stromberg, who plans to destroy the world and create a new civilisation under the sea. Bond teams up with a Russian agent, Anya Amasova, to stop Stromberg.
It was shot on location in Egypt (Cairo, Luxor) and Sardinia, Costa Smeralda(Italy), with underwater scenes filmed at the Bahamas (Nassau), and a new soundstage being built at Pinewood Studios for a massive set which depicted the interior of a supertanker. The Spy Who Loved Me was well-received by critics. The soundtrack composed by Marvin Hamlisch also met with success. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards amid many other nominations and novelised in 1977 by Christopher Wood as James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me.
British and Soviet ballistic-missile submarines are mysteriously disappearing. James Bond—MI6 agent 007—is summoned to investigate. On the way to his briefing, he escapes an ambush by Soviet agents in Austria, killing their leader during a downhill ski chase. The plans for a highly advanced submarine tracking system are being offered in Egypt. There, he encounters Major Anya Amasova—KGB agent Triple X—his rival to recover the microfilm plans. They travel across Egypt together, encountering Jaws – a tall assassin with steel teeth – along the way. Bond and Amasova reluctantly team up after a truce is agreed by their respective British and Soviet superiors. They identify the person responsible for the thefts as the shipping tycoon, scientist and anarchist Karl Stromberg.
While travelling by train to Stromberg’s base in Sardinia, Bond saves Amasova from Jaws, and their cooling rivalry turns to affection. Posing as a marine biologist and his wife, they visit Stromberg’s base and discover that he had launched a mysterious new supertanker, the Liparus, nine months previously. As they leave the base, Jaws, and Naomi, an assassin in an attack helicopter, chase them but Bond and Amasova escape underwater when his car – a Lotus Esprit from Q Branch – converts into a submarine. Jaws escapes while Naomi is killed. Bond finds out that the Liparus has never visited any known port or harbour. Amasova discovers that Bond killed her lover in Austria (as shown at the beginning of the movie), and she vows to kill Bond once their mission ends.
Bond and Amasova examine Stromberg’s underwater Atlantis base from anAmerican submarine, and confirm that he is operating the stolen tracking system. The Liparus captures the submarine. Stromberg sets his plan in motion: the simultaneous launching of nuclear missiles from British and Soviet submarines to destroy Moscow and New York City. This would trigger a global nuclear war, which Stromberg would survive in Atlantis, and subsequently a new civilisation would be established underwater. He leaves for Atlantis with Amasova. Bond escapes and frees the captured British, Russian and American submariners and they battle theLiparus‘s crew. Bond reprograms the submarines to fire missiles at each other, saving Moscow and New York City. The victorious submariners escape the sinking Liparus on the American submarine.
The submarine is ordered to destroy Atlantis but Bond insists on rescuing Amasova first. He confronts and kills Stromberg but again encounters Jaws, whom he drops into a shark tank. However, Jaws fatally bites the shark and escapes. Bond and Amasova flee in an escape pod as Atlantis is sunk. Amasova reminds Bond that she has vowed to kill him as she picks up Bond’s gun. Then, she admits to having forgiven him and the two embrace. The Royal Navy recovers the pod, and the two spies are seen in an intimate embrace through its port window, much to the consternation of their British and Soviet superiors on the ship.