The Spy Who Loved Me
|The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is a spy film, the tenth film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. 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 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. The film also stars Curd Jürgens and Barbara Bach.
The film was shot on location in Egypt and Italy, with underwater scenes filmed at the Bahamas, and a whole new soundstage being built at Pinewood Studios for a massive set which depicted the interior of a supertanker. The Spy Who Loved Me was highly acclaimed by critics, being widely considered Roger Moore’s best Bond film. The soundtrack, composed by Marvin Hamlisch, also met with success. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards amidst many other nominations and subsequently novelised in 1977 by Christopher Wood as James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me.
British and Soviet ballistic-missile submarines mysteriously disappear. James Bond (agent 007) is summoned to investigate. On the way he escapes an ambush by Soviet agents in Austria, killing one during a downhill ski chase and escaping via a Union Flag parachute. Bond learns that the plans for a highly advanced submarine tracking system are on the market in Egypt. There he encounters Major Anya Amasova (codename “Triple X”) of the KGB, his rival for the plans. They travel across Egypt tracking the microfilm plans, meeting Jaws – an unnaturally tall assassin with steel teeth – along the way. Bond and Amasova partner due to a truce supported by their respective superiors and identify the person responsible for the thefts as shipping tycoon, scientist and anarchist Karl Stromberg.
While travelling to Stromberg’s base in Sardinia, Bond saves Amasova from Jaws and their rivalry changes into affection. They visit Stromberg’s base and learn of his mysterious new supertanker, the Liparus, which Bond had previously found has never visited any known port or harbour. Jaws and other henchmen chase them, but they survive due to Bond’s driving skills and his Q Branch Lotus Esprit sports car/submarine, which enables the spies to perform a further underwater reconnaissance of Stromberg’s facilities. Amasova learns Bond killed her lover in Austria; she warns that she will kill him when their mission ends.
Aboard an American submarine, Bond and Amasova examine Stromberg’s underwater Atlantis base and confirm that he is operating the tracking system, but the Liparus captures the submarine as it captured the others. Stromberg sets his plan in motion: The launching of nuclear missiles from the ballistic-missile 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. He leaves for Atlantis with Amasova. Bond frees the captured British, Russian, and American submariners and they battle the Liparus’s crew. Bond reprograms the British and Soviet submarines to destroy each other, saving Moscow and New York. The victorious submariners escape the sinking Liparus on the American submarine.
Bond insists on rescuing Amasova before the submarine has to follow its orders and destroy Atlantis. Bond confronts and kills Stromberg but again encounters Jaws, whom he drops into a shark tank. Bond and Amasova flee in an escape pod as Atlantis is sunk. In the pod Amasova reminds Bond that she has vowed to kill him and picks up Bond’s gun, but admits to having forgiven him and the two make love. The Royal Navy finds the pod and opens it in front of everyone, much to the consternation of Bond and Amasova’s superiors. Meanwhile, Jaws escapes from the shark tank (after fatally biting the shark) and swims off into the sunset.