The Spy Who Loved Me

Year: 1977
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Producer: Albert Broccoli
Cast: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curt Jurgens, Richard Kiel, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn
The babe is the lover of a former victim (Bach, who Bond cooly does undone with the classic line 'Let's get out these wet things'), the villain is the icy Stromberg, building a floating pod-like lair in the middle of the ocean, and the plot is pure Bond. What Stromberg is trying to do has faded in memory, undoubtedly despotic world domination of some kind.

The opening sequence (a skiing gun battle) is as always a kicker, and Carly Simon's Nobody Does it Better remains one of the best opening titles of a Bond movie to date. By The Living Daylights, Moore was starting to look craggy, but this was his heyday. Everything Bond fans wanted was there, including menacing and gimmicky villain Jaws who was so popular the producers bought him back for the next instalment (Moonraker).

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