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1 MARCH 2008
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME SCREENING

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2008-01-03
This brand new digital restoration receives its first-ever screening during this years Bradford International Film Festival (BIFF).

Regarded by Sir Roger Moore as the finest of his seven outings as 007, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME was the tenth official Bond film to be released since Sean Connery’s incarnation in DR NO in 1962.
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME is one of the cornerstones of the established Bond formula. It has all the ingredients of the classic Bond adventure: the one-liners, the beautiful girl (played by stunning Barbara Bach), the megalomaniac villain and his elaborate underwater lair, the gadgets (including the Lotus Esprit submarine car), stunning locations and, of course, Jaws!

Who can forget the stunning opening sequence involving one of the most exciting Bond stunts as he skis down a mountain ending in a heartstopping leap into thin air jump, enabling him to open his Union Jack parachute? This stunt and the film’s plot capture the true audacity of Moore’s Bond. Ken Adam’s set design is extraordinary, providing the requisite amount of sinister and yet elaborate locales including the sequence in which Bond and his posse attack the evil Stromberg’s ship, filmed on Pinewood Studios’ 007 Stage. Roger Moore is on top form as James Bond and really allows the tongue-in-cheek element to overflow, especially during his encounter with ‘Q’; as a knife jets out of a saddle he quickly quips “That’d bring tears to your eyes”.

The plot centres around missing Allied and Russian atomic submarines that Bond and Soviet agent Anya Amasova (Bach) investigate, leading to a trail of death, devastation and Karl Stromberg – a twisted billionaire who has plans for a nuclear global takeover. With some of the most outlandish and extravagant scenes ever to grace a Bond film, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME entertains and endears.

Three decades on from its 1977 release, this film stills delivers and, with this beautiful, brand new digital print, one can only agree with the consensus that “Nobody does it better…” writes Ben Eagle.

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