The Spy Who Loved Me - Bond 50 Box Set Blu-ray Review

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“Nobody does it better...”

We all have our favourite Bond films – the obvious choice is Connery’s Goldfinger, but Lazenby’s OHMSS is an underdog contender, and nobody can dismiss Craig’s superb Casino Royale reboot either. For me, it’s always been The Spy Who Loved Me. Dalton’s Living Daylights may have been the first Bond I saw at the cinemas, but I’d been brought up on Connery and Moore, and the latter always appealed to me more. Nobody can knock Connery’s suave Scottish super-spy brawler; his classic Aston Martin DB5; his tussles with Blofeld; and his gorgeous girls – but Moore would bring a fresh new vitality to the 70s Bonds, after Connery had long grown bored in the role.

With his third outing we reached the pinnacle of Moore’s reign, offering the best the series had to offer in terms of girls, cars and villains:...


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Garrett

Moderator
Apart from having shed loads of elements of You Only Live Twice this is without doubt the best Roger Moore, Bond film, great sound track, lots of lovely ladies, great locations plenty of action what a super opening sequence, for a split second I was wondering how he was going to get out of that fall.
And even tough I hated a lot of silliness in some of the Moore Bond films they manage to pull it of with aplomb.

I'm working my way though the Bond films in order and this is one I cannot wait to get to.

I think it was the last of the Bond films I saw in one of the really big screens from the days when there were cinemas with circles.

Although not at the top of my favorite Bond its in my top 5 and thoroughly enjoyable thou out

I think Ill have to agree with you on this one Cas 10/10 Like the song Roger and all did it better.
 
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Batdog

Well-known Member
My long time best Bond film, followed closely by Casino Royale & The Living Daylights. Looking forward to this!
 

Courtjezter

Distinguished Member
Wow,

I do wonder has there ever been a straight forward Bond film, where someone has delivered a script and the original director has delivered against it. Every film seems to have a story and your knowledge of this should be commended. Could i also add that the pre-credits sequence in this gave us the best sequence from Die Another Day, although there was no need for London Calling to be played during that sequence in the latter film.
 

MikeTheBike2010

Active Member
Thank you so much for this review. From speaking to friends I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought this way and half expected to title to be all but ignored in this set - how wrong I was.
so much hinges on your age as to favourite films and how you first experienced them. For me as a 10 year old seeing my 1st Bond at the pictures with my dad this one will always remain the best.
Hey, it was the days of continuous performances - we arrived half way through and then sat and watched the whole thing again.
At 44 I still covert a Lotus Esprit as the coolest car ever made!
Thanks again for the great review.
Mike
 

domtheone

Distinguished Member
Another great review.

I've not seen this film in years (save for bits and pieces viewings on dodgy itv) so i'm really looking forward to eventually getting the individual release of this.

I know it's one of the best Bonds but how good for me, i'll leave that till i watch it again.

Certainly has everything going for it:

Moore - check
Jaws - check (funnily enough - my fave movie of all time and my fave Bond villain as well):D
Gorgeous Bond girl - check
Epic opening scene - check
Fantastic Bond song - check
 

Jim Di Griz

Distinguished Member
Great review!

This one is certainly my favourite Roger Moore Bond and possibly my favourite full stop a la Alan Partridge! :D

As a 10 year old my mate's dad borrowed a Lotus Esprit Turbo for a week and took me and my mate for a spin in it down the motorway one weekend. We were completely gobsmacked - it looked exactly like the Bond one, so much in fact that we kept asking where the secret weapons buttons were! :D Im not into cars but theres only ever been one Bond car for me and its always been the Lotus Esprit Turbo - no question!
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
Thanks guys! :thumbsup:

Yep, I hadn't forgotten about this one, just saved the best till last! :smashin:

Glad I'm not the only one who rates it as one of their faves!

Hope you all (well, those who haven't yet) enjoy revisiting the film on BD when you get around to it and that it still lives up to expectations, it certainly did for me!

Cheers for all the comments,
Cas
 

the_dude2

Well-known Member
Ive only just got around to reading this review, another excellent job Cas.

This has always been my favourite Bond, with only Casino Royale coming close. I will shorlty be going through the box set (i hope to get a new tv before i start) and i cannot wait to get to this movie. I havent seen it in years and my excitement is palpable.

Thanks again for all the reviews, i have enjoyed reading every one of them, espeically this one. Oh, I love Barbara Bach too, always had a massive crush! haha
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
Ive only just got around to reading this review, another excellent job Cas.

This has always been my favourite Bond, with only Casino Royale coming close. I will shorlty be going through the box set (i hope to get a new tv before i start) and i cannot wait to get to this movie. I havent seen it in years and my excitement is palpable.

Thanks again for all the reviews, i have enjoyed reading every one of them, espeically this one. Oh, I love Barbara Bach too, always had a massive crush! haha

Thanks for the kind comment mate! :thumbsup:

Good to see this at the top of your list too (dare I ask - did you enjoy Skyfall?)

Glad you've enjoyed the Bond reviews - thanks for reading them all! - it's nice that they're finally done; it was a mammoth task (for all of us!) but well worth it. Returning to the world of non-Bond film reviewing has been tougher than expected! :eek:

Cheers, Cas
 

Garrett

Moderator
I watched it at weekend and still up there in my top 5 I did find a bit more silliness in it than before overlooking them, but watching it now with a more critical eye. Mainly the scenes with the van being riped apart and its wonky wheels like something you see clowns in a circus driving. Although I did enjoy Bonds banter.
Showing his age a bit more with a sharper picture I still think Roger looked as though he could do what he did.
One point I have to disagree with the original review I thought Curt Jurgens was on of the weaker Bong head villains. He nether had the charm and underlying deadlines of Scaramanga, Goldfinger or Drax or insanity of Max Zorin.

Apart from that this film pushed the boat out having on of the best cars after the Aston, great locations one of the best opening scenes, great titles and song. Probably the best array of beautiful women although I thought some were throw away like the lovely Valarie Leon as just a hotel receptionist, and would be put to better use in Never Say Ever Again.

I can never work out if Felicca was setting Bond up and was turned to get her take the bullet, or saw the gun and gave out a warning and was turned so Bond could shoot and therfore shot by accident.

Was it Walter Gotell that sent the agent to kill Bond? Probably miffed the other Bond burnt his boats and jacket :laugh: In later films I think the character does have some underlying respect for Bond.
 
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