"Now I want you to take good care of this equipment."--Q (Desmond Llewelyn) to James Bond (Roger Moore) "Have I ever let you down, Q'"--James Bond "Frequently!"
New York Times - 07/28/1977
"...Enough to give shop-worn old 007 a shot in the arm....[The theme song ranks] as one of the most delightful surprises the series has had to offer..."
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, the 10th film in the James Bond series, ventures not only into the depths of the ocean but into the deep topic of betrayal and morality as well, placing it among the boldest of the 007 films. James Bond (Roger Moore) is coupled with Russian agent Anya "Triple-X" Amasova (Barbara Bach) to recover stolen Soviet submarines from evil oceanographer Carl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens) and his gigantic lackey, Jaws (Richard Kiel). When Triple-X learns that Bond killed her husband on a mission in the Alps, she must overcome her selfish notions of revenge and work with 007 for the good of the world.
In addition to the Bond staple of girls and gadgetry, the film features beautifully shot footage of the Austrian Alps, Venice, and the Egyptian pyramids. Furthermore, director Lewis Gilbert uses the film to push the cinematic envelope with stunning underwater action sequences, that leave the viewer gasping for air and a vodka martini--shaken, not stirred.
This rousing thriller features Agent 007 teaming up with a seductive Russian agent in an attempt to stop a madman's plot for world destruction. Standing in Bond's way is a giant named Jaws.
Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, under total secrecy, helped light the supertanker scene, since cinematographer Claude Renoir's vision was failing. The supertanker set was built on the largest soundstage in the world, which cost $1 million to construct.
Villain Jaws (Richard Kiel) was originally intended to die at the end of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, but producer Albert R. Broccoli, sensing the character's appeal, changed the ending.
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME is the only Bond film in which M's real name is revealed--it's "Miles."