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The Spy Who Loved Me

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United Kingdom, United States · 1977
Rated PG · 2h 5m
Director Lewis Gilbert
Starring Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel
Genre Action, Adventure, Thriller

In this installment of the legendary Bond franchise, James Bond must team up with KGB agent Major Anya Amasova to defeat megalomaniac shipping magnate Karl Stromberg, who plans to destroy New York City with nuclear weapons.

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Time Out London by

The film has its moments - Kiel's indestructible heavy racks up a good score - but the rest is desperately weak.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

It's the submarine barn and Richard Kiel's steel-toothed Jaws you remember from this one; the ostensible hero is just a fleshy blur.


The New York Times by Janet Maslin

The film moves along at a serviceable clip, but it seems half an hour too long, thanks to the obligatory shoot-'em-up conclusion, filmed on the largest sound-stage in the world, but nevertheless the dullest sequence here.


The New Yorker by Pauline Kael

A glitter sci-fi adventure fantasy that balances the indestructible James Bond with an indestructible cartoon adversary, Jaws (Richard Kiel), who is a great evil windup toy. This is the best of the Bonds starring the self-effacing Roger Moore.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Triple X posed an ideal opportunity for the series to rectify its dismissive treatment of women until this point, putting a lady on equal footing with Bond. To its credit, the film does feature a bit of screwball badinage between the two (a clunky bit about female drivers, unfortunately), but it has yet to introduce a single female character who doesn’t want to sleep with our hero.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Gadgets abound, especially a Lotus sports car that transforms into a submarine. But the scene-stealer is 7'2" Richard Kiel as Jaws, a shark-eating man with steel teeth.

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