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->''"Well, well... a British agent in love with a Russian agent. Détente, indeed."''
-->-- '''Karl Stromberg'''

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''The Spy Who Loved Me'' is the tenth spy film in the ''Film/JamesBond'' series, and the third to star Creator/RogerMoore as the secret agent James Bond. It is regarded by many as Moore's best and quite possibly one of the best in the series, as well as Moore's personal favourite of his own batch.

The film takes its title from Creator/IanFleming's novel ''Literature/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', which was written much differently than the other ''Bond'' books, but Fleming was [[OldShame so embarrassed by the results]] that he only sold the rights to the ''title'', refusing to license the plot with it. The film's storyline involves a pair of nuclear missile submarines that go missing. Independently, Bond and a Soviet agent, Anya Amasova, are assigned to find them and team up to do so. Thing is, the former just shot the latter's boyfriend dead.

Nobody expected ''The Spy Who Loved Me'' to do well after the rather poor ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. Its main iconic features are:
# TheTeaser. At the end of the sequence, Bond ''skis off a cliff''. He falls for several heart-stopping seconds, then a parachute opens. In the colours of the Union Jack. As the Bond theme kicks in. There are several reported cases of audiences breaking into applause at this moment. This stunt was done for real and you can see one of the skis hit stuntman Rick Sylvester's chute, which could have been pretty nasty.
# The disco-influenced soundtrack by Music/MarvinHamlisch.
# The [[CoolCar Lotus Esprit]]. Driving off a pier into the sea. Where it turns into a submarine.
# The 007 Stage, built for the massive battle scene in a supertanker. It has been made available for filming other movies and remains the second largest stage in the world[[note]]Or rather, its successors do. The original stage burned down during the filming of ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'', and the second version was destroyed by an explosion shortly after filming of, ironically enough, ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''[[/note]]. It is actually a silent stage, not a sound stage. But the size makes it ideal for big action sequences, which almost always requires [[LoopingLines doing the sound in post anyway]].
# Jaws (Creator/RichardKiel), the 7'2" henchmen with the metal teeth who is so unstoppable that he is the only [[TheDragon Dragon]] other than Nick Nack to survive fighting Bond and maybe the one who came closest to scaring him. That is partially due to the fact that Bond knows that no matter how hard he hits the giant, [[{{Determinator}} he WILL survive it and come back to challenge him again]]. In fact, he does return for the next ''Bond'' movie, ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''.

Speaking of that last point, this movie ends with "James Bond will return in...''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''." However, 1977 was the same summer that ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' was released, and '''every''' producer in the world [[FollowTheLeader wanted to have a space-themed hit to rival that]]. So, instead, they quickly scrambled together and made ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' since it could support a space-themed plot (it helped that "Moon" was in the title).

It also features the first appearance of a Wetbike--the actual prototype--in a work of fiction, before it was commercially launched, and years before such personal watercraft were well-known.

!!This movie contains examples of:

* AgentsDating: A possible TropeCodifier. Bond and Soviet agent XXX ([[IThoughtItMeant No, not]] [[Film/{{XXX}} that one]]) flip flop between working together and working against each other before they finally hookup at the end:
-->'''James Bond''': [[DoubleEntendre Just keeping the British end up, sir.]]
* 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.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Just before dying, the captain of the ''Liparus'' tells Bond that the submarines are on station and the missiles will be launched in four minutes.
* AmphibiousAutomobile: Bond's [[CoolCar Lotus Esprit]] can become a sub.
* TheAnticipator: Bond goes to ''Atlantis'' to rescue Anya Amasova before ''Atlantis'' is blown up. Bond's entrance is noticed by Stromberg, who says "Good evening, Mr. Bond. I've been expecting you."
* ApocalypseHow: Class 2 (Civilization Extinction). Stromberg's plan to start a global thermonuclear war.
* ArtifactTitle: The FirstPerson perspective in the title was how the original story, the one [[CreatorBacklash Fleming wouldn't let them use]] was told by the woman in the story; there's no hint of that in the finished film except for Creator/CarlySimon's lyrics to "Nobody Does it Better."
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: A female undercover KGB agent sends a message via radio and ends with the phrase "Over and out" while awaiting a response. The male agent she's calling responds and also ends his message with "Over and out".
* ArtisticLicenseShips: The Soviet submarine is missing its fairwater planes.
* AuctionOfEvil: Between the U.S. and U.S.S.R., over the submarine tracking system plans.
* BadVibrations: In the HMS ''Ranger'''s mess, coffee cups start shaking before being taken over by the ''Liparus''.
* BaitAndSwitch: Our introduction to Anya. We see the Russian bigwigs discussing the need to call in Agent XXX, then a post-coital couple cuddling in bed. A message comes in, ordering XXX to report for duty. The man and woman sigh sadly, knowing that their romantic interlude is over... then the man gets up and the ''woman'' answers the call, revealing that ''she's'' the secret agent, rather than the man as the audience was no doubt expecting, especially given how identical the scene is to the way Bond is typically introduced to the audience.
* BigBad: Karl Stromberg.
* BilingualBonus: Sort of; General Gogol's secretary is "Miss Rublevich."
* BondGunBarrel: This film's was the first to feature Bond in a tuxedo, as previous films had him wearing a business suit.
* BondOneLiner: Lots and lots, but XXX kicks out a nice one right after slamming Jaws into a stone Egyptian ruin using the van they're in.
-->'''XXX:''' [[CatchPhrase Shaken, but not stirred.]]
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: When Anya discovers Bond killed her lover. It takes him a full adventure and life-saving to make her forgive him. This also gives us one of the very few scenes where Roger Moore's Bond seems remorseful. For hurting a woman's feelings!
* TheBrute: Jaws. Also TheDragon.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: A heroic version, Bond initially doesn't think anything about having killed Anya's lover when she asks him.
-->'''Bond:''' When someone's behind you on skis at 40 miles per hour trying to put a bullet in your back, you don't always have time to remember a face. In our business, Anya, people get killed. We both know that. So did he. It was either him or me. The answer to the question is yes. I did kill him.
* CarFu: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7ubi9pAuYY Jaws going toe-to-toe with a van]]. While ultimately beat, he '''''does''''' put up a good fight tearing up large portions of it.
* CollapsingLair: When Stromberg's lair ''Atlantis'' is torpedoed. The ''Liparus'' also doubles as a secondary example.
* ComeBackToBedHoney:
--->'''M''': Moneypenny, where's 007?
--->'''Moneypenny''': He's on a mission, sir. In Austria.
--->'''M''': Tell him to [[DoubleEntendre pull out]]. Immediately.
--->[Bond receives message]
--->'''Girl''': What happened? Where are you going?
--->'''Bond''': Sorry. Something came up.
--->'''Girl''': But, James, I need you.
--->'''Bond''': [[MarriedToTheJob So does England!]]
** This is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], as said girl is a KGB informant, who goes on to inform KGB assassins of [[DoubleEntendre Bond's position]]--[[VerbalBackspace location!]]
* ContinuityNod: As well as being the first ''Bond'' picture made without the input of Harry Saltzman, and the first not to be based at least somewhat on an Ian Fleming story, this film was the 10th in the series and came out in 1977, marking the fifteenth anniversary of the film series. With all that in mind, the film includes multiple references to and thematic elements borrowed from the previous entries, particularly the seven Connery/Lazenby films (compare the large numbers of continuity nods also added to ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' (marking the 20th entry as well as the 40th anniversary) and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' (marking the 50th anniversary)). These references include
** ''Film/DrNo'':
*** The aquariums and fine artworks on the ''Atlantis'' are based on those in Dr. No's lair.
*** The car chase on the winding, narrow mountain road.
*** Both feature villains with prosthetic body parts that have super-strength (Dr. No's {{Robot Hand}}s, Jaws'... [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment jaws]]).
*** For the second and only other time in the series, Q is referred to [[OnlyOneName by his real last name]] of Boothroyd. (Bernard Lee's version of M is also referred to by his given name, Miles, for the only time in the series.)
*** Bond (this time with Major Amasova) once again escapes through a tunnel being flooded with water.
*** Bond's execution of Stromberg is reminiscent of his killing of Dent, complete with "you've had your six"-esque remark (only referring to the bolt in Stromberg's explosive speargun), as well as Bond firing multiple bullets into the now-defenseless man.
** ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'':
*** The whole plot of [[WhenHarryMetSvetlana Bond meeting a beautiful female Russian agent]] in [[ArabianNightsDays the Islamic world]] (Turkey in [=FRWL=], Egypt in [=TSWLM=]), posing as husband and wife and entering Europe by train.
*** When Major Amasova asks for a cigarette so she can knock Bond out with gas, it recalls Bond asking for OneLastSmoke to trick Red Grant into opening the trick briefcase and releasing a gas. (See also ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.)
*** A fight with a [[TheBrute physically superior-powered bad guy]] inside a train compartment. (See also ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''.)
*** A romantic tryst with a beautiful woman is interrupted by Bond being summoned by M.
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'':
*** The BigBad is an Aryan-looking portly man with a central European accent.
*** After getting the tech he needs from the two scientists, Stromberg murders them, much as Goldfinger killed off the gangsters after they'd performed their function.
*** Bond's [[CoolCar tricked-out car]], complete with OilSlick and other [[WeaponizedCar cool gadgets]]. Amazingly, although six films had happened in the interim, a gadget-laden car was not yet a staple of the series. Most of the cars Bond drove in the chapters in between were regular cars that did impossible things because [[BadassDriver they were being driven by James Bond]]. Although we don't hear the dialogue, we see Q giving Bond a brief runthrough of the car's special features in similar fashion to ''Goldfinger''.
*** The villain's servant is a [[TheBrute hulking]], [[TheSpeechless mute]], [[MadeOfIron nigh invincible]] [[TheDragon Dragon]] with an ordinary object turned into a deadly weapon (Oddjob with his [[ClothingCombat bowler hat]], Jaws with his [[ManBitesMan dentures]]). Both are also electrocuted through those weapons, although Jaws survives.
*** AllThereInTheManual: According to the novelization, Jaws owes his existence to Stromberg, in much the same way that Oddjob was elevated by Goldfinger.
*** A beautiful AcePilot as a top henchwoman (Pussy Galore in ''Goldfinger'', Naomi in [=TSWLM=]).
*** Both film climax with Bond attempting to rewire a nuclear weapon before a final showdown with the BigBad
** ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'':
*** The BigBad's underwater lair.
*** The use of a SharkPool to dispose of treacherous henchmen. (This may also have been brought back because of the success of ''{{Film/Jaws}}''. See also ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', and the piranha tank of ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.)
*** Underwater fight sequences with frogmen.
*** Just as he did with Fiona Volpe, Bond uses Felicca as a BulletproofHumanShield (and, much like Volpe, the film is somewhat ambiguous as to whether this was intentional).
*** Speaking of Fiona Volpe, the hotel where Bond and Major Amasova stay in Sardinia is the Hotel Cala di Volpe.
*** Both BigBads make use of fancy, tech-laden ships (albeit Stromberg's is much larger). Both ships explode in spectacular fashion.
*** Bond assumes Stromberg is using the stolen nuclear subs and missiles for blackmail purposes, similar to SPECTRE's gameplan.
** ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'':
*** Both villains are [[PlayingBothSides unaligned third parties]] who [[FalseFlagOperation capture British and Soviet vessels]] ([[RecycledINSPACE space capsules]] in [=YOLT=], [[SubStory nuclear submarines]] in [=TSWLM=]) to set off WorldWarIII.
*** The massiveness of the evil lairs. (In a real-world callback, both sets required special soundstages to be built from scratch.)
*** A tank filled with killer fish (piranhas in [=YOLT=], [[SharkPool sharks]] in [=TSWLM=] - see also ''{{Film/Thunderball}}'' and ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'') with a trapdoor above it for dropping disloyal or unsuccessful henchmen. Also, Bond disposes of TheDragon by dropping him in the tank. Jaws survives the encounter, however, by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome killing the shark with his teeth]].
*** The use of trick cigarettes as weapons.
*** A massive climactic battle between the good guys and the {{Mooks}} in the secret fortress. (See also ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''.)
*** For only the second time, Bond's superiors [[MomentKiller interrupt him while he's having sex at the end]]. (As with the [[CoolCar tricked-out car]], this would later become a staple of the series.)
*** Lewis Gilbert directed both [=YOLT=] and this film, as well as the following film, ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''.
*** Bond is seen in his Royal Navy uniform again.
*** Bond is once again sent a build-it-yourself piece of unusual transportation that perplexes an ally. Both Little Nellie and the jetski-esque water bike were innovative for their time and were brand-new to many viewers.
** ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'':
*** The Alpine ski chase in TheTeaser recalls the multiple skiing sequences in this film.
*** Just as Blofeld kills Bond's true love, Bond kills Major Amasova's. Unlike Bond with Blofeld, however, she forgives him, perhaps because it was NothingPersonal.
*** During the mountain road chase scene, the camera follows a mook as he falls off the cliff all the way down to his death on the rocks below, in similar fashion to the unfortunate soul who goes off a cliff in this film.
*** Reciting a list of Bond's biographical info to him at a bar Anya mentions: "Married only once. Wife killed-" Bond cuts her off. This is the first film to directly reference Tracy's death.
--->'''Anya:''' You're sensitive, Mr. Bond.
--->'''Bond:''' About certain things, yes.
** ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'':
*** Like Willard Whyte is supposed to be, Stromberg is not an assassin, a professional criminal nor a spy, but rather a capitalist intent on building his own type of real estate.
*** The elevator of doom in both Willard Whyte's and Stromberg's lairs.
*** A climactic final battle between the heroes and the {{Mooks}} aboard the ship that serves as a lair. (See also ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.)
*** Since there are only a few items for this film, this is as good a place as any to acknowledge that Stromberg is basically an {{Expy}} of Blofeld, complete with his aforementioned SPECTRE-esque private army. Pretty much the only reason he ''wasn't'' Blofeld was complicated character-ownership issues.
** ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'':
*** A fight with a [[TheBrute physically superior-powered bad guy]] inside a train compartment, in which the bad guy is defeated by [[HoistByHisOwnPetard using his own prosthetic weapon against him]] (Tee Hee's hook hand gets stuck in the wall, Jaws' teeth are given an electric shock. See also ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'').
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'':
*** A [[CoolCar car that is more than just a car]] (Scaramanga's plane-car, Bond's submarine-car).
*** Bond meets M and Q in a secondary MI6 base located within a landmark (the Queen Elizabeth shipwreck in ''Golden Gun'', an Egyptian tomb in ''Spy'').
*** Bond dispatches the villain by shooting him to death (this is only the second time in the series in which this occurs, not counting underlings and mooks, of course).
** In addition, there is a likely unintended callback to the spoof ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' by way of the tongue-in-cheek rendering of the film's theme song that that comes at the end of the film in similar fashion to the ending of the 1967 film.
* CoolBoat: Stromberg's supertanker, the Liparus. It ''eats submarines.''
* CoolCar: Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car.
* CoolSidecar: The bad guys chase Bond with a sidecar that becomes a detachable missile steered by a joystick on the motorbike.
* CoolestClubEver: After the fight at Luxor, Bond and Amasova end up meeting by chance at a nightclub in Cairo. With a few tense moments sprinkled in, they're practically talking shop.
-->'''Bond:''' You left quite an impression.\\
'''Anya:''' I'm sorry for Ivan and Boris. They exceeded their orders.\\
'''Bond:''' Good staff is hard to find these days.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Very'' subtly done. Although Bond gave his moral viewpoint on killing in [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun the previous film,]] this is the first time his profession is openly discussed, and WhatMeasureIsAMook is a running theme throughout the film. Although Dalton, Brosnan and Craig have all played increasingly complex versions of the character, this was the first step towards Bond's psychological maturity.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bond, as usual; and Anya proves quite adept at snark as well.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Karl Stromberg.
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Stromberg sneers at Bond when he thinks he's trying start a WarForFunAndProfit.
* DirtyOldMan: Stromberg to Anya, while she's strapped to a couch.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Sandor.
* DistaffCounterpart: Anya Amasova to Bond. The scene where she is called on a mission while in bed with someone is in particular very reminiscent of Bond on numerous occasions (though unlike Bond most of the time, she clearly did love her bedmate at the time).
* DoubleEntendre:
** One of the tastiest in Bond history:
--->'''M''': Moneypenny, where's 007?\\
'''Miss Moneypenny''': He's on a mission, sir. In Austria.\\
'''M''': Well, tell him to pull out. ''Immediately''.\\
''[Cue Bond making love with a woman by a fireplace in Austria]''
** An even better one at the end, and arguably one of the best Bond endings.
--->'''M:''' 007!\\
'''Gogol:''' Triple X!\\
'''Minister of Defence:''' Bond! What do you think you're doing?\\
'''Bond:''' Keeping the British end up, sir.
* TheDragon: Jaws.
* DragonTheirFeet: Bond fights Jaws after killing his DiabolicalMastermind boss Stromberg. Jaws survives and does a VillainExitStageLeft.
* DrinkOrder[=/=]YourFavorite: James and Anya get drinks for each other:
-->'''James:''' The lady will have a... Bacardi on the rocks.\\
'''Anya:''' For the gentleman, vodka martini - shaken, not stirred.\\
'''James:''' Touche.
* DrivingStick: Anya falls foul to this when trying to escape Jaws with 007.
-->''[Anya failing to drive stick, causing the gears to grind noisily]''\\
'''Bond:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Can you play any other tune?]]
* EasterEgg: The sail of American submarine ''USS Wayne'' has hull number 593. That particular hull number belonged in the RealLife to ''USS Thresher'' (SSN-593), a nuclear submarine which disappeared in 1963.
* EnemyMine: Not only Bond and Anya, as well as MI6 and the KGB, but also the American, British and Soviet submariners who fight against the Liparus crew.
* EnhanceButton: [[OlderThanTheyThink Back before]] it [[Series/{{CSI}} was cool]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Averted. On Sardinia, when Bond and XXX pick up the Lotus from Q, she greets him with his true name, Major Boothroyd. Meanwhile, Golgol refers to M by his given name, Miles, becoming the only character in the original film series to do so. Even M gets into the act; this is one of the only times on screen that he refers to Bond by his first name rather than as 007 or Bond.
* {{Expy}}: Stromberg is pretty much Blofeld in all but name, complete with his own private army and plans for world domination. Justified by the fact he originally ''was'' to be Blofeld, but issues over the ownership of the character and his SPECTRE organization prevented this from happening.
* FedToTheBeast: Stromberg's assistant.
* GiantMook: Jaws.
* GoGoEnslavement: Stromberg forces Anya Amasova to wear a cleavage-revealing outfit in ''Atlantis''. Maybe he found it in [[MsFanservice Naomi's]] wardrobe?
* GroinAttack:
** Bond to Jaws in the shark pool room.
** Bond to Stromberg... with two bullets from his Walther, thanks to Stromberg having an explosive launcher under the table with a perspex tube to guide it straight into the groin of the man across from him, for [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill the ultimate in groin attacks]]. After dodging the shot, Bond decides to show Stromberg what he thinks of the concept...
** Jaws does this to Bond on the train before slamming him into the ceiling.
* HandshakeRefusal: Bond is told before meeting Stromberg that he's germophobic and won't shake hands. Bond holds out his hand to Stromberg anyway and is predictably rebuffed.
* HandSignals: The leader of the KGB team trying to kill Bond gestures to the others to split up and a Stromberg crewman makes a beckoning gesture to another crewman.
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Bond does this to a mook and then lets the him plummet to his death when he hears everything he needs.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Stromberg tries to shoot Bond with a harpoon gun under his dining table. After dodging, Bond shoots back through the pipeline.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: After Stromberg has taken Anya to ''Atlantis'' (his headquarters), he has her dressed in a revealing outfit and tied up in his study to caress her.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: When they officially meet at the Egyptian night club, Bond and Anya rattle off what they know about each other from their intelligence.
* ImplacableMan: Jaws proves himself to be Bond's most resilient foe.
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Indeed, Major Amasova never does kill Bond for killing her lover. By then, Bond had saved her life even when he had no other reason to.
* InNameOnly: Ian Fleming disliked his original novel so much that he only allowed the film to have the same name on the explicit condition that it would not be an adaptation of the novel, which was about Bond seducing a hotel clerk and stopping her employers from burning the hotel down to collect on the insurance money. The original novel only features Bond in the last third, with the majority of the story being essentially the autobiography of the hotel clerk, so its viability for a Bond film was questionable anyway. It stands as the very first Bond film to be completely original in terms of storyline and characters, retaining nothing from the original book except the character of James Bond himself (M, Q and Moneypenny do not appear in the original book).
* InstantSedation: The sleep dust cigarette Anya uses on Bond.
* IntimateHealing
** '''Nude Body Warmth Sharing''' version when Anya suggests this to Bond to keep warm while they're on the boat to Cairo. It doesn't happen.
** Played straight at the end, when they both need to get out of their cold wet clothes.
* ItsPersonal: Major Amasova vows to kill Bond at the end of the mission when she finds out he killed her lover. [[spoiler:Unless you mean in the Shakespearean sense, she doesn't.]]
* ItsRainingMen: After Bond skis off a cliff.
* JokerImmunity: Jaws.
* JustHitHim: Jaws and Bond.
* LastRequest: Bond asks Anya if he can make one before she kills him. [[spoiler:Of course, that was before a popping champagne cork broke the tension. It was unlikely from that point she was going to actually kill him.]]
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: A variation. When Bond pulls the plug on the Liparus' bridge monitors, the Bond theme abruptly shuts off.
* MadeOfIron: Always true of Bond, but Jaws as well.
* MegaMawManeuver: Stromberg's tanker has a door in the front which he uses to swallow disabled subs.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Disappearing submarines -> plot to start a nuclear war.
* MotiveMisidentification: When Stromberg explains his plot to fire off the nukes on New York and Moscow, Bond asks how much Stromberg is going to demand not to fire the missiles off. Stromberg appears honestly surprised at the question as Bond realizes the man truly is insane and this isn't about money but wiping out the world.
* MrExposition: More like Miss Exposition, as Major Amasova reads off everything she knows about Bond in the nightclub scene.
* MsFanservice: Naomi, Stromberg's ''gorgeous'' helicopter pilot/assassin; and Major Anya Amasova, especially in the shower of the U.S. submarine.
* NeckLift: Jaws does this to Bond during the train fight, which Bond only gets out of due to a nearby lamp.
* NewEraSpeech: Stromberg gives one to Bond.
* NippleAndDimed: Averted with the women in the opening credits sequence.
* NoMoreForMe: A bystander when Bond drives the Lotus Esprit out of the ocean onto the beach. Who also happens to be the same character in ''Moonraker'' (as the gondola comes out of the water), and in ''For Your Eyes Only'' (as Bond skis over his table).
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Actually ''subverted'' for once. Stromberg has a weapon hidden in his table that he intended to use to kill Bond. [[spoiler:It backfires.]]
* NonActionBigBad: Stromberg is by far the least physical of Bond villains, relying on push-button deathtraps and legions of {{Mooks}} to do his bidding. When he finally tries to take out Bond himself towards the end, it goes badly.
* TheNounWhoVerbed: Used as the film's title.
* {{Novelization}}: Written by screenwriter Christopher Wood, it adds SMERSH and some original Fleming characters to the plot (tying up some loose ends from ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove'', in fact). It was the first Bond novel released since ''Literature/ColonelSun'', and is (perhaps surprisingly for a novelization) well-regarded, often appearing as a dark-horse candidate on polls of the best post-Fleming novels. On the cover, it was re-titled ''James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me'' to avoid confusion with ''Literature/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. (I mean, [[SimilarlyNamedWorks to the extent that that would avoid any confusion at all]]...)
* ANuclearError: The "Impulse Conductor Circuit", which can detonate a nuclear warhead while it's being disassembled.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Would you guess that Creator/RogerMoore was pushing 50 when he made this film?
* OneHitKill: Don't let Jaws' [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment jaws]] near you. Bond didn't, even though all the attempts.
* TheOneThingIDontHateAboutYou:
-->'''Bond:''' "Mmm, maybe I misjudged Stromberg. Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be ''all'' bad."
* TheOneWith: The one with the underwater SupervillainLair.
* OperationGameOfDoom: Removing the detonator from the warhead.
* PetTheDog: Gogol showing sympathy for Anya's loss helps to establish that he's not the callous villain of the movie.
* PlayingBothSides: Stromberg's plan is launching nuclear missiles from British and Soviet submarines to destroy Moscow and New York City, respectively. This would make each country believe the other attacked them and trigger a global nuclear war (which Stromberg would survive in ''Atlantis''), and subsequently a new civilisation would be established.
* PornNames: The classic punny Bond Girl name does appear, though in significantly downplayed form: Anya is known as Agent XXX. The syllables "ama" from her last name also connote the Latin languages' words for "love."
* PreMortemOneLiner: Bond to Stromberg after the latter tried shooting him from under the dining room table.
-->'''Bond''': You shot your bolt, Stromberg. Now it's my turn. (Shoots back down the barrel twice, followed with two shots to the chest)
* PrettyInMink: A lady wears a white mink coat in the beginning. She's possibly NakedInMink in it as well.
* RaisedHandOfSurvival: James Bond is fighting TheDragon Jaws under a wooden scaffolding that holds large stone blocks. Jaws swings a board and hits the scaffolding, causing it to collapse and bury him, apparently killing him. Bond leaves him for dead, but the audience sees Jaws's hand emerging from the pile of debris, showing he's alive.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles
** When James Bond travels through Egypt, he speaks in Arabic to several characters (including a camel rider, Bond's contact and a boat owner) without any translation.
** After Jaws' car smashes into an old man's hut in Sardinia, the man starts speaking aloud in Italian ("Mamma mia! Che successo? Oddio, tutto distrutto!").
* RecycledInSpace
** Both ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' and this movie dealt with a spaceship-/submarine-eating ship that caused East-West tensions to rise and the potential apocalypse of a nuclear war triggered by a madman.
** [[invoked]] The similarities could have been even greater has the original plan for the movie been followed through. According to WordOfGod (plus numerous books on the history of the Bond films), the villain of ''The Spy Who Loved Me'' was originally to have been Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the villain of ''You Only Live Twice'', but legal hassles involving the character prevented this.
** The general plot of this one was used in the next film, ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', which also had a megalomaniac attempting to eradicate the population and starting his perfect society...IN SPACE!
** Bonus points for having Jaws reprise his role as well. No, not just the actor who ''played'' Jaws. ''The'' Jaws.
* RedRightHand: Stromberg has webbed fingers.
* RedShirt: A young Royal Navy officer volunteers to lead the charge, something you'd expect Bond to do. It's no surprise when he and his men get killed.
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: Courtesy of General Gogol:
-->'''General Gogol:''' The submarine ''Potemkin'' disappeared without trace? What a catastrophe, Comrade Chairman.
* RescueRomance: Anya doesn't really warm up to Bond until after he saves her from Jaws on the train. [[spoiler: His rescuing her from the sinking Atlantis is enough to get her to give up her plans to kill him.]]
* RevengeMyopia: In the opening scene, Bond kills Anya's lover, who is trying to kill him at the time. When she finds out about it she vows to kill Bond.
* SameLanguageDub: Barbara Jefford provided the voice for Caroline Munro's character, Naomi.
* SharkPool: Stromberg has a shark pit in his lair with push-button TrapDoor access.
* ShootTheBuilder: After the two scientists create the submarine tracking system for Stromberg, he has them murdered.
* ShortLivedAerialEscape: The underwater Lotus to Naomi's chopper.
* ShoutOut:
** Several nods to Creator/DavidLean's ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''. Subtle at first with the desert attire donned by Bond and an homage later with the iconic theme of AwesomeMusic/MauriceJarre playing while Bond and Anya wander through the desert after the van breaks down.
** A music box in the film briefly plays "Lara's Theme" from ''Film/DoctorZhivago'', another magnus opus from Creator/DavidLean / Maurice Jarre.
** General Gogol (and his successor General Pushkin in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'') are [[FamousNamedForeigner named after two of the most famous writers]] of 19th Century Russian Literature.
* ShowerScene: "What's wrong, sailor. Haven't you seen a major taking a shower before?"
* SicEm: "Let them get to shore... and then kill them."
* SlapSlapKiss: Surprisingly, Bond and Anya only start liking each other after lots of arguments and fighting side-by-side multiple times. And almost threw it away when Anya found out Bond killed her previous lover.
* SleepCute: Played with. When Anya wakes up, she jerks away from Bond in anger.
* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: This was the first Bond flick of the Moore era to reach Level 4 (a capable leading lady, albeit one who still needs occasional rescuing), which has more-or-less held ever since. The first two Moore films, as well as about half of the Connery flicks, are Level 3 or worse.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: This is easily one of the most idealistic Bond films. East and West put their differences aside to work to a common goal, Bond is an absolute gentleman to his love interest, and the tone is generally up-beat. Although it has a high death toll, many of those deaths are [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifices]] to help save the day.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Stromberg feeding his assistant to the sharks while Bach's ''Air on the G-String'' plays.
* StabTheScorpion: Anya and the champagne bottle.
* StormingTheCastle: Bond breaks into Stromberg's headquarters, ''Atlantis''.
* SubStory: U.S., Soviet, and British.
* SurpriseVehicle: Stromberg's attack helicopter.
* SwissBankAccount: After the two scientists complete the submarine tracking system, Stromberg transfers $10 million into their Swiss bank accounts. Then cancels it when he kills them instead.
* TableSpace: Stromberg has Bond sit down at one of these in the climax. Of course, there's a lethal surprise underneath in store for Bond that he narrowly avoids.
* TemptingFate: Bond's comment to Anya that their superiors will never know what they've been up to, mere minutes before they catch them in the act.
* ThisIsWhatTheBuildingWillLookLike: In his study, Stromberg shows Bond a model of an underwater city with ''Atlantis'' as its main structure.
* TitleDrop: The theme song is called "Nobody Does It Better", but still has it ("Like heaven above me, ''the spy who loved me''...")
* TooDumbToLive: Bond nearly gets one at the end when he leaves his PPK within reaching distance of Anya even though she had sworn a vendetta on him.
* TransformingMecha: Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car. In Calvin Dyson's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWy8oY9zyGo review]], he dubs the Franchise/{{Transformers}} theme over this scene.
* TranslationConvention: Russian characters (General Gogol, Major Amasova, her lover).
* TrapDoor: Stromberg uses one in his elevator to drop his treacherous secretary into the SharkPool. He later tries to use it on Bond, who of course sees it coming.
* UndercoverAsLovers: James and Anya pose as man and wife while visiting Stromberg.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Stromberg's plan is to trigger World War III and destroy the world, then create a new civilisation under the sea.
* VillainousValor / VillainExitStageLeft: Jaws' sheer persistence in trying to finish his mission ended up making audiences pretty sympathetic to him. Richard Kiel has mentioned seeing entire theaters cheer when he was revealed to have survived at the end and swimming away into the ocean.
* WarForFunAndProfit: Subverted. Stromberg is not holding the world for ransom, but trying to start a nuclear war between the U.S. and USSR in order to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create an underwater utopia]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Played with. Jaws is so obviously strong and bulky that he would probably not even need his empowered teeth to be an unbeatable match for almost every human opponent. Ironically, being fixated with bite people to death, and even having these teeth in the first place, is what allow Bond to beat him more than once. However, Jaws ends up making good use of his weapon when he is put against a shark.
* WeaponizedCar: Bond's Lotus Esprit.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Deconstructed. Major Amasova's lover was one of the mooks killed in the teaser, and it comes back to bite Bond ''hard'' later in the film. They even have an open discussion on the subject. Bond ultimately has a [[DeconReconSwitch pretty good explanation]] in the end. This is the first and to date only time in the film series in which Bond encounters a (non-enemy) loved one of someone he's killed and actually is forced to own up to it and face potential consequence (in this case, Anya's promise to kill him after the mission ends). Ironically, the killing in question was in straightforward self-defence and doesn't even really fall under the usual "licence to kill" aspect of Bond's work.
** After blowing up one of his own helicopters to get rid of two men who knew too much, Stromberg directs his secretary to send condolences to the families of the two scientists he just murdered. Nothing is said of the pilot and any other personnel that might have been aboard.
* WickedCultured: Stromberg likes to kill minions while enjoying fine cuisine and classical music.
* WouldHitAGirl:
** Well, not exactly hit as such, but use a (sub)surface-to-air missile on her. Was it really necessary, Bond?
** The {{novelization}} is even worse, as in it Felicca, the girl Sandor shoots while kissing Bond, dies because Bond intentionally uses her as a ''human shield'' (in the film she is either accidentally shot or is shot to prevent her from passing on information).
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Bond uses a scoop slam on a mook.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness:
** Dr. Bechmann and Professor Markovitz, after completing the submarine tracking system for Stromberg.
** Implied with the ''Liparus'' and its entire crew when Stromberg leaves for ''Atlantis'' with Amasova. Of course, Stromberg wasn't expecting Bond to free the captured British, Russian and American submariners and battle the ''Liparus''' crew.
** Alternatively, it could be that the internal fires aboard Liparus reach her fuel tanks and/or ammo storages.
-->'''M:''' 007!
-->'''General Gogol:''' Triple X!
-->'''Frederick Grey:''' Bond, what do you think you're doing?
-->'''Bond:''' Keeping the British end up, sir.
-->''[Bond closes the curtains]''

-->''James Bond will return in...[[BlatantLies For Your Eyes Only]].''