is a big-budgeted opulent film bond film, with a lively and strong screenplay
by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum and
very effective editing by John Glen. It delivered one of the most succinctly
structured films of the series under the direction of Lewis Gilbert.
Roger Moore had a decent start as James Bond in ‘Live and Let Die’,
then faltered in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.
In this film Moore roars back with one of his best and one of
the all-time best in the Bond series. After The Man with the Golden
Gun, Roger Moore clearly redefined his approach to the role as the good-natured
British agent. That was the way he played it for the rest of the series.
bond film had a gadget laden Lotus Esprit as its centrepiece (doing
more for Lotus than any amount of advertising) along with the introduction
of Richard Kiel as the indestructible Jaws the villain's henchman with
steel teeth. The main villain of the piece is the maniacal Karl Stromberg,
played with detached amusement by Curt Jurgens,
whose immense wealth featured an aquatic empire aimed at global domination.
Moore must pair up with Soviet agent Major Anya Amasova played by Barbara Bach
to track down missing nuclear submarines.
pre-title sequence features a very thrilling and well-filmed ski chase
re-establishing that the British Empire was alive and well! Marvin Hamlisch
composed a very effective score to the surprise of many. His music is
right on mark and in some sequences very innovative. The score keeps
up the tradition of having an outstanding theme song with Carly
Simon's rendition of "The Spy Who Loved Me," becoming one
of the best theme songs to any Bond movie and a hit for Simon in the
70s. Ken Adam returned as production designer bringing a familiar look
back to the series not seen since Diamonds are forever.