History Trivia / TheSpyWhoLovedMe

16th May '17 4:42:52 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** The original script treatment for ''Spy'' was rejected, and a new screenplay was commissioned that prominently featured Bond's archnemesis Blofeld. Unfortunately, [=McClory=] still held the rights to the Blofeld character, forcing the screenwriters to pop in a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute in the form of Stromberg. Several writers, including Creator/AnthonyBurgess, Creator/JohnLandis and Creator/GerryAnderson, worked on the script at different times.

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** The original script treatment for ''Spy'' was rejected, and a new screenplay was commissioned that prominently featured Bond's archnemesis Blofeld. Unfortunately, [=McClory=] still held the rights to the Blofeld character, forcing the screenwriters to pop in a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute in the form of Stromberg. Several writers, including Creator/AnthonyBurgess, Creator/JohnLandis and Creator/GerryAnderson, worked on the script at different times.



** To accommodate the set for the interior of the supertanker, a completely new stage had to be built at Pinewood Studios outside London, along with a giant water tank. It was so huge that the cinematographer, who was losing his sight to begin with, couldn't figure out how to light it and had to secretly bring in Creator/StanleyKubrick for help.

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** To accommodate the set for the interior of the supertanker, a completely new stage had to be built at Pinewood Studios outside London, along with a giant water tank. It was so huge that the cinematographer, cinematographer Claude Renoir,[[note]] Nephew of director Jean Renoir, and grandson of Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.[[/note]] who was losing his sight to begin with, couldn't figure out how to light it and had to secretly bring in Creator/StanleyKubrick for help.



** During filming in Egypt, the cast and crew were upset with the poor quality of food being served to them. So, Producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli was able to get a refrigerated truck to bring in food from England. Unfortunately, by the time the truck made it to Egypt, all the food was either spoiled or stolen. But, Broccoli came through in the clutch. He sent assistants out to round up tomatoes, cheese, bread, and imported pasta from Cairo. Then Cubby (something of an amateur chef in his free time) cooked up a massive spaghetti feast for the cast and crew. In his honor, the mess hall at the studio was renamed "Trattoria Broccoli" and many involved remember the makeshift pasta night as one of the high points of filming.
** Thankfully, the film was critically well-received, and is still considered one of the franchise's high points.



** Walter Gotell makes his first appearance as General Gogol, having previously played Morzenzy in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.

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** Walter Gotell Creator/WalterGotell makes his first appearance as General Gogol, having previously played Morzenzy in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
24th Dec '16 3:56:31 PM Premonition45
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* RefittedForSequel: The opening with Bond skiing off a cliff and opening a parachute was originally suggested by Creator/GeorgeLazenby for ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', but was scrapped because the filmmakers lacked the resources to pull it off.



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30th Oct '16 4:29:08 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RecycledScript: The film uses some ideas of ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. Not surprising, considering they had the same director. (And then ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' outright employed RecycledINSPACE with ''TSWLM'')
30th Oct '16 4:23:59 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: The novelization gives Jaws a backstory. His real name is Zbigniew Krycsiwiki, born in Poland, the product of a union between the strong man of a travelling circus and the Chief Wardress at the Women’s Prison in Cracow. The relationship and subsequent marriage had been a stormy one and, when it broke up, the young Zbigniew stayed with his mother and attended school and subsequently university in Cracow. He grew to a prodigious height but in temperament he followed his father and was surly and uncooperative, given to sudden outbreaks of violent temper. Because of his size he commanded a place in the university basketball team, but he was sluggish of reaction and his lack of speed was constantly exposed by more skilful but less physically endowed players. After a failed attempt at a basketball career, Krycsiwiki was arrested by the secret police for having taken part in the (fictitious) "1972 bread riots". While he was imprisoned, the police "beat him with hollow steel clubs encased in thick leather" until they thought he was dead, leaving his jaw broken beyond repair. Krycsiwiki later escaped and stowed aboard one of Stromberg's vessels. Eventually he was caught, but instead of turning him in, Stromberg hired a prestigious doctor to create an artificial jaw. After 14 operations Krycsiwiki's jaw was restored using steel components that created two rows of terrifying razor-sharp teeth, although Jaws was left mute.

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* AllThereInTheManual: CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** ''The Spy That Loved Me'' (Spain, Norway, France, Denmark)
** ''007, My Beloved'' (Finland)
** ''The Spy That I Loved'' (Portugal)
** ''Beloved Spy'' (Sweden)
** ''The Spy That Loves Me'' (Poland)
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The novelization gives Jaws a backstory. His real name is Zbigniew Krycsiwiki, born in Poland, the product of a union between the strong man of a travelling circus and the Chief Wardress at the Women’s Prison in Cracow. The relationship and subsequent marriage had been a stormy one and, when it broke up, the young Zbigniew stayed with his mother and attended school and subsequently university in Cracow. He grew to a prodigious height but in temperament he followed his father and was surly and uncooperative, given to sudden outbreaks of violent temper. Because of his size he commanded a place in the university basketball team, but he was sluggish of reaction and his lack of speed was constantly exposed by more skilful but less physically endowed players. After a failed attempt at a basketball career, Krycsiwiki was arrested by the secret police for having taken part in the (fictitious) "1972 bread riots". While he was imprisoned, the police "beat him with hollow steel clubs encased in thick leather" until they thought he was dead, leaving his jaw broken beyond repair. Krycsiwiki later escaped and stowed aboard one of Stromberg's vessels. Eventually he was caught, but instead of turning him in, Stromberg hired a prestigious doctor to create an artificial jaw. After 14 operations Krycsiwiki's jaw was restored using steel components that created two rows of terrifying razor-sharp teeth, although Jaws was left mute.Spy Who Loved Me'' (Brazil)



* FatalMethodActing: Averted. In his audio-commentary, Creator/RogerMoore comments on the opening parachute ski-jump that could have gone horribly wrong for stuntman Rick Sylvester. After the jump, a disengaged ski clipped the unopened chute as it was falling. The ski could could easily have prevented the chute from opening. It can still be seen in the final footage when the ski clips the about-to-open parachute.



* OlderThanTheyLook: Would you guess that Creator/RogerMoore was pushing 50 when he made this film?

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Would you guess that Creator/RogerMoore ProductionNickname: The set for Stromberg's supertanker was pushing 50 when he made this film?named "the Jonah Set", in reference to the Biblical story of Jonah, who is swallowed by a whale. In the film, the tanker swallows submarines.
* RealLifeRelative: When Bond drives the Wet Nellie up onto the beach, a small boy points to the car in the water. This is Richard Kiel's son, Richard George Kiel.



* SameLanguageDub: Caroline Munro was dubbed by Barbara Jefford.



** Creator/StevenSpielberg was considered to direct, but was rejected because he was thought to be inexperienced.

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** Creator/StevenSpielberg was One of the first directors to be considered to direct, but was rejected because Creator/StevenSpielberg. There was some worry about his inexperience as he was thought to be inexperienced.caught up on an extremely lengthy pre-production schedule for a little film he was making at the time called ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', which ironically would provide inspiration for a major character in this film.


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** A fight sequence was originally envisaged in this movie for the Mummy Room of the Cairo Museum of Antiquities. This was scrapped but the sequence resurface in the next Bond movie ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' as the fight between Chang and Bond in the Venini glass showroom.
26th Sep '16 7:04:50 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* InNameOnly: {{Enforced|Trope}}. Fleming realized the book was just wrong, so he sold the rights on the condition that any feature film using the title film would NOT be an adaptation. The one thing that is kept is a villain with steel-capped teeth. Though, in the book Sol Horowitz (aka Sol Horror) is described as thin and lizardlike, whereas Jaws is...well, [[TheBrute Jaws]].

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* InNameOnly: {{Enforced|Trope}}. Fleming realized the book was just wrong, ''not'' going to be considered one of his best works, so he sold the rights on the condition that any feature film using the title film would NOT be an adaptation. The one thing that is kept is a villain with steel-capped teeth. Though, in the book Sol Horowitz (aka Sol Horror) is described as thin and lizardlike, whereas Jaws is...well, [[TheBrute Jaws]].
25th Jul '16 11:49:24 AM JamesAustin
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** Creator/RogerMoore decided at the last minute it would be much more dramatic if he was sitting in the chair instead of standing behind it when the gun underneath the dining table was fired. The special effects team had only reinforced the back of the chair for the original planned shot, which meant Moore risked serious injury if he didn't leap away in time.
*** Moore himself has mentioned that despite pulling off the shot, he still got injured by the explosion.

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** Creator/RogerMoore decided at the last minute it would be much more dramatic if he was sitting in the chair instead of standing behind it when the gun underneath the dining table was fired. The special effects team had only reinforced the back of the chair for the original planned shot, which meant Moore risked serious injury if he didn't leap away in time.
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time. Moore himself has mentioned that despite pulling off the shot, he still got injured by the explosion.



* InNameOnly: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]]. Fleming realized the book was just wrong, so he sold the rights on the condition that any feature film using the title film would NOT be an adaptation. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero He probably would have been better off just quietly dropping the novel in a shredder, as this film set a precedent for In Name Only adaptations of the Bond novels.]]
** The last point is arguable. Beginning with ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', the movies tended to incorporate the setting, a few characters, and (maybe) the general plot of the book while going off in their own direction. It is true that this one was the first Bond film that had NOTHING to do with the source material other than the title, though.
** The one thing that is kept is a villain with steel-capped teeth. Though, in the book Sol Horowitz (aka Sol Horror) is described as thin and lizardlike, whereas Jaws is.....well, [[TheBrute Jaws]].

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* InNameOnly: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]].{{Enforced|Trope}}. Fleming realized the book was just wrong, so he sold the rights on the condition that any feature film using the title film would NOT be an adaptation. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero He probably would have been better off just quietly dropping the novel in a shredder, as this film set a precedent for In Name Only adaptations of the Bond novels.]]
** The last point is arguable. Beginning with ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', the movies tended to incorporate the setting, a few characters, and (maybe) the general plot of the book while going off in their own direction. It is true that this one was the first Bond film that had NOTHING to do with the source material other than the title, though.
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The one thing that is kept is a villain with steel-capped teeth. Though, in the book Sol Horowitz (aka Sol Horror) is described as thin and lizardlike, whereas Jaws is.....is...well, [[TheBrute Jaws]].



* Creator/StanleyKubrick: KenAdam asked for his opinion on how to light the enormous set of the interior of Stromberg's supertanker. After being promised that his visit would be a secret, he inspected it for a few hours and suggested using floodlights as part of the set to light the whole thing.



* ThrowItIn: As above in Enforced Method Acting, Moore's response to Bachman being unable to drive stick were unscripted but left in.
* TroubledProduction: From the beginning the movie was fraught with problems, being developed and released in the midst of a falling-out between producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and EON Productions nearly going into liquidation. ''Spy'' was rushed into production after another producer, Kevin [=McClory=], decided to create a rival Bond film (which would eventually become ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'').

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* ThrowItIn: As above in Enforced Method Acting, EnforcedMethodActing, Moore's response to Bachman being unable to drive stick were unscripted but left in.
* TroubledProduction: TroubledProduction:
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From the beginning the movie was fraught with problems, being developed and released in the midst of a falling-out between producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and EON Productions nearly going into liquidation. ''Spy'' was rushed into production after another producer, Kevin [=McClory=], decided to create a rival Bond film (which would eventually become ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'').



** The producers cast about for a director and settled on Creator/StevenSpielberg, who was still finishing ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' (itself famously troubled) at that point; he decided to wait and see how that turned out for him instead. Guy Hamilton, who had directed the previous three Bonds, then got the job but left to direct ''Film/{{Superman}}''[[note]]which he ultimately lost to Creator/RichardDonner.[[/note]] So it ultimately fell to Lewis Gilbert, who had directed ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', of which the film is essentially a remake.

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** The producers cast about for a director and settled on Creator/StevenSpielberg, who was still finishing ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' (itself famously troubled) at that point; he decided to wait and see how that turned out for him instead. Guy Hamilton, who had directed the previous three Bonds, then got the job but left to direct ''Film/{{Superman}}''[[note]]which ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''.[[note]]which he ultimately lost to Creator/RichardDonner.[[/note]] Creator/RichardDonner[[/note]] So it ultimately fell to Lewis Gilbert, who had directed ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', of which the film is essentially a remake.



** To film the opening stunt, the second unit traveled all the way to Mount Asgard near the northern tip of Canada's Baffin Island. The fall and parachute jump cost $500,000--the most expensive stunt at that time[[note]]Until the opening of the very next Bond film, ''Film/{{Moonraker]]'', with a long aerial sequence in free fall.[[/note]]

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** To film the opening stunt, the second unit traveled all the way to Mount Asgard near the northern tip of Canada's Baffin Island. The fall and parachute jump cost $500,000--the most expensive stunt at that time[[note]]Until the opening of the very next Bond film, ''Film/{{Moonraker]]'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', with a long aerial sequence in free fall.[[/note]]



** CatherineDeneuve wanted to play Anya, so much that she was willing to take a huge salary cut to do so. But it was still too much for Broccoli.

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** CatherineDeneuve Creator/CatherineDeneuve wanted to play Anya, so much that she was willing to take a huge salary cut to do so. But it was still too much for Broccoli.



* YouLookFamiliar: Walter Gotell makes his first appearance as General Gogol, having previously played Morzenzy in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.

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* YouLookFamiliar: YouLookFamiliar:
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Walter Gotell makes his first appearance as General Gogol, having previously played Morzenzy in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
6th Jul '16 9:18:47 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** George Baker, Sir Hilary Bray in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', plays Admiral Talbot.

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** George Baker, Sir Hilary Bray in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', plays Admiral Talbot.
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6th Jul '16 9:18:14 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* YouLookFamiliar: Walter Gotell makes his first appearance as General Gogol, having previously played Morzenzy in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
** George Baker, Sir Hilary Bray in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', plays Admiral Talbot.
6th Jul '16 9:15:48 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: The novelization gives Jaws a backstory. His real name is Zbigniew Krycsiwiki, born in Poland, the product of a union between the strong man of a travelling circus and the Chief Wardress at the Women’s Prison in Cracow. The relationship and subsequent marriage had been a stormy one and, when it broke up, the young Zbigniew stayed with his mother and attended school and subsequently university in Cracow. He grew to a prodigious height but in temperament he followed his father and was surly and uncooperative, given to sudden outbreaks of violent temper. Because of his size he commanded a place in the university basketball team, but he was sluggish of reaction and his lack of speed was constantly exposed by more skilful but less physically endowed players. After a failed attempt at a basketball career, Krycsiwiki was arrested by the secret police for having taken part in the (fictitious) "1972 bread riots". While he was imprisoned, the police "beat him with hollow steel clubs encased in thick leather" until they thought he was dead, leaving his jaw broken beyond repair. Krycsiwiki later escaped and stowed aboard one of Stromberg's vessels. Eventually he was caught, but instead of turning him in, Stromberg hired a prestigious doctor to create an artificial jaw. After 14 operations Krycsiwiki's jaw was restored using steel components that created two rows of terrifying razor-sharp teeth, although Jaws was left mute.



** In the scene where Major Amasova couldn't [[DrivingStick drive stick]], Barbara Bach, Anya's actress, actually couldn't drive stick: Moore's snarky responses were unscripted!
** Roger Moore decided last minute it would be much more dramatic if he was sitting in the chair instead of standing behind it when the gun underneath the dining table was fired. The special effects team had only reinforced the back of the chair for the original planned shot, which meant Moore risked serious injury if he didn't leap away in time.

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** In the scene where Major Amasova couldn't [[DrivingStick drive stick]], Barbara Bach, Anya's actress, actually couldn't drive stick: Moore's Creator/RogerMoore's snarky responses were unscripted!
** Roger Moore Creator/RogerMoore decided at the last minute it would be much more dramatic if he was sitting in the chair instead of standing behind it when the gun underneath the dining table was fired. The special effects team had only reinforced the back of the chair for the original planned shot, which meant Moore risked serious injury if he didn't leap away in time.



* FakeRussian: Russian secret agent Anya is played by Barbara Bach, an American actress. Incidentally, this movie almost single-handedly changed Americans' views of Russian women as SensualSlavs. Before it came out, all Russian women were assumed by Americans to be outright {{Gonk}}s, to the point that American comedians (and especially the hugely influential Johnny Carson) could count on getting cheap and easy laughs by poking fun at the purported hideousness of Russian women. Carson admitted during a visit by Roger Moore that the movie had ruined "half his jokes". (Evidently viewers had by this time forgotten Tatiana Romanova in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.)

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* FakeRussian: Russian secret agent Anya is played by Barbara Bach, an American actress. Incidentally, this movie almost single-handedly changed Americans' views of Russian women as SensualSlavs. Before it came out, all Russian women were assumed by Americans to be outright {{Gonk}}s, to the point that American comedians (and especially the hugely influential Johnny Carson) could count on getting cheap and easy laughs by poking fun at the purported hideousness of Russian women. Carson admitted during a visit by Roger Moore Creator/RogerMoore that the movie had ruined "half his jokes". (Evidently viewers had by this time forgotten Tatiana Romanova in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.)



* OlderThanTheyLook: Would you guess that Creator/RogerMoore was pushing 50 when he made this film?



** James Mason was considered to star as Stromberg, which may have invited comparisons between Stromberg and [[Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]]; he was ironically considered for Drax in the next film as well.

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** James Mason Creator/JamesMason was considered to star as Stromberg, which may have invited comparisons between Stromberg and [[Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]]; he was ironically considered for Drax in the next film as well.



** An alternate ending where Jaws died was filmed. Until the preview screening, Richard Kiel had no idea which one had ended up being used.

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** An alternate ending where Jaws died was filmed.filmed (Bond would use the magnet to drop him into a fire). Until the preview screening, Richard Kiel had no idea which one had ended up being used.
15th May '16 11:34:58 AM Movienut376
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***Moore himself has mentioned that despite pulling off the shot, he still got injured by the explosion.
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