Release Details - Credits - Music - Cast - Notes
Date of release: 7 July 1977 (UK), 3 August 1977 (US)|
Running time: 125 mins
Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
Classification: PG (UK), PG (US)
007 My Beloved (Finland), Beloved Spy (Sweden).
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert|
Produced by: Albert R Broccoli
Screenplay by: Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum
Associate producer: William P Cartridge
Production designed by: Ken Adam
Director of photography: Claude Renoir
Second unit directors: Ernest Day and John Glen
Editor: John Glen
Special visual effects: Derek Meddings
Action arranger: Bob Simmons
Main title designed by: Maurice Binder
Music by: Marvin Hamlisch|
Main theme: "Nobody Does It Better"
Musical notes: "Nobody Does It Better" was the first title song not to share its title with that of the film, although it is included in the lyrics. The end credits use a different arrangement of the song that opens with a Broadway style introduction.
James Bond: Roger Moore|
Major Anya Amasova: Barbara Bach
Karl Stromberg: Curt Jurgens
Jaws: Richard Kiel
Naomi: Caroline Munro
General Alexis Gogol: Walter Gotell
Minister of Defence (Frederick Gray): Geoffrey Keen
M: Bernard Lee
Captain Benson: George Baker
Sergei Barzov: Michael Billington
Felicca: Olga Bisera
Q: Desmond Llewelyn
Sheikh Hosein: Edward de Souza
Max Kalba: Vernon Dobtcheff
Hotel Receptionist: Valerie Leon
Miss Moneypenny: Lois Maxwell
Liparus Captain: Sydney Talfer
Aziz Fekkesh: Nadim Sawalha
Log Cabin Girl: Sue Vanner
Rubelvitch: Eva Rueber-Staier
Admiral Hargreaves: Robert Brown
Stromberg's Assistant: Marilyn Galsworthy
Sandor: Milton Reid
Dr Bechmann: Cyril Shaps
Professor Markovitz: Milo Sperber
Barman: Albert Moses
Cairo Club Waiter: Rafiq Anwar
Arab Beauties: Felicity York, Dawn Rodrigues, Anika Pavel, Jill Goodall and The Egyptian Folklore Group
Stromberg Crew: George Roubicek, Lenny Rabin, Irvin Allen, Yasher Adem, Peter Ensor
With the movie returning to the wider screen ratio the gunbarrel sequence was reshot.
This time Roger Moore is wearing a tuxedo (and all future films would
feature Bond in black tie rather than a basic suit) and of course
no hat. Moore's shooting motion is similar to in the sequence used
for the two previous films but seems slower and less dramatic.
The music is in the key of f minor (instead of e minor as most
of the other films) and features the last use of an electric guitar for quite
Using the title: The title is not used anywhere in the movie.
The novel approach:
Fleming's "The Spy Who Loved Me" is an oddity. It is told
from the point of view of its heroine, Vivienne Michel, and indeed
it purports to be a true story with Ms Michel credited as co-author
with Fleming. The first part of the book tells Vivienne's life
story, with the rest a somewhat low key story in which Bond saves
Vivienne from some gangsters at a motel. Fleming clearly appreciated
that the novel was different and he made a condition when selling
the rights to the book - any film based on it could use the title
only, and not the story itself. This explains the change in the
way Fleming was credited for the film; each film was previously
preceeded with his name (for instance "Ian Fleming's The Man
With the Golden Gun"); for this film Roger Moore is credited
as playing Ian Fleming's James Bond. This style of credit would
become the standard during the 80s.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service:
The Spy Who Loved Me is notable for confirming the real names of
both M and Q. General Gogol refers to M as "Miles" (Fleming's M
was named as Admiral Sir Miles Messervy in the novel of "The Man
With the Golden Gun"). Later Anya greets Q as Major Boothroyd, the
name of the Armourer played by Peter Burton in Dr No and how
Desmond Llewelyn was credited for From Russia With Love.
Although he is not strictly part of the Secret Service, the movie
introduces Frederick Gray, the Minister of Defence, who would appear
regularly until The Living Daylights.
Away from personnel, we learn that the Secret Service has a regional
operating base hidden within an Egyptian temple.
Locations: Somewhere under the North Norwegian Sea (from where HMS Ranger is hijacked); London; Moscow; Berngarten, in the Austrian Alps; Faslane Naval Base in Scotland; Stromberg's home, Atlantis (positioned somewhere off Sardinia); Egypt (Cairo, the Giza pyramids, the ruins at Karnak, somewhere along the Nile and finally at Luxor). Bond and Anya then take a train to Sardinia, before ending up on the Liparus, which is somewhere in the Bay of Biscay.
The villain: Karl Stromberg, one of the richest men in the worl and the
head of the Stromberg Shipping Line. He is a recluse who is obsessed with the sea to the extent
that he lives in an impressive submersible structure called Atlantis near
Sardinia, which is also a marine research laboratory. Stromberg has an unusual
deformity in that he has webbed fingers, although this is not referred
to in the film except for the fact that he doesn't like shaking hands.
The girl: Major Anya Amasova, a Russian army officer who is also agent Triple X in the KGB. She and Bond know of each other prior to the film. When we first meet her, she has a lover in the shape of fellow agent Sergei Barzov, but he is killed by Bond. Anya's drink of choice is Bacardi on the rocks. She has been on a survival course in Siberia and a mission two years previously involved her stealing the plans to the MI6 Lotus. She claims never to have failed on an assignment.
Bond's conquests: Probably three - the log cabin girl, one of Hosein's harem and Anya.
Gadgets: Bond has a watch that receives ticker tape messages, a ski pole gun and a microfilm viewer. He also uses a jet ski (a novel vehicle at the time, here called a wet bike). We see Q testing a number of devices - a decapitating tea tray, a spring mounted pouffe, a hookah-cum-machine gun and a camel saddle that conceals a large spike. Anya has a cigarette that emits a knock out gas. However, the main gadget is Bond's white Lotus Esprit (registration PPW 306R). On land it appears poorly equipped, since we only see Bond use a mud spray from behind the rear number plate. However, its main secret is that it is a submersible. In the underwater environment it ejects anti-air missiles, harpoons, black oil and mines.
Continuity: Bond's wife, Tracy, is referred to for the first time since her appearance and subsequent death in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. In an excellent scene Bond and Anya are demonstrating how much they know about each other. When Anya mentions that Bond has been married only once, Bond's tone darkens and he is keen to finish the conversation.
Cameos: Michael G Wilson, later producer of the movies, makes the first of his regular appearances in the movies - he is in the row behind Anya and Fekkesh at the pyramid show.
Oscars: "Nobody Does It Better" was nominated for Best Song in 1977 but lost to the eponymous song from You Light Up My Life. In the same year, Marvin Hamlisch was nominated for Best Musical Score and Ken Adam, Peter Lamont and Hugh Scaife were nominated for Art Direction/Set Decoration. Both lost to Star Wars.
I didn't catch the name?: Bond uses his trademark introduction when he meets Max Kalba. There is an unusual variation later when Bond is undercover for his first meeting with Stromberg and he introduces himself as "Stirling, Robert Stirling".
Vodka Martinis: Anya orders one for Bond in the Mojabe club when she is proving how much she knows about him.
Bond bits: It is confirmed that Bond was recruited to MI6 from the Royal Navy. He once served on the Ark Royal. We see Bond in naval uniform for only the second time (after You Only Live Twice). Bond was at Cambridge (as mentioned in You Only Live Twice), where he knew Sheikh Hosein. When we first meet Bond in the movie he is on a mission in Austria, although we don't learn what this entails, other than attracting the attention of the KGB. When Bond visits Stromberg his cover is a marine biologist called Robert Stirling. Anya poses as his wife. Like Anya, Bond claims never to have failed on a mission.
Other trivia: The microfilm giving details of the submarine tracking device was drafted in Italy. The Liparus tanker was launched 9 months prior to the film and has a displacement of one million tons, making it the largest in the world (after the Karl Marx). However, it has never been into port, giving Bond a clue as to its true purpose.
Anything else?: This was the first Bond movie to be made in Dolby stereo.
The movie provides two musical links to the films of David Lean; Anya communicates with
her base using a musical box that plays the theme to Doctor Zhivago, and
later the theme to Lawrence Of Arabia is heard when Bond and Anya make
their way through the desert.
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