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YMMV: The Spy Who Loved Me

The film:

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza, with the mystical narration.
    • In fairness, that's not the movie's fault, and its inclusion adds a touch of realism. If you're at the Pyramids of Giza at night, that light show will be playing. That said, the whole Sound and Light Show (which is still playing today, with the same narration) is basically an hour-long Big Lipped Alligator Moment.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome
    • The Teaser
    • Also, Jaws fighting the shark, and WINNING.
    • See also: When the Cool Car reveals its amphibian abilities.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Nobody Does It Better" is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, of the Bond themes—#67 on AFI's "Songs" List.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Jaws, who along with Oddjob is one of the most popular villain henchmen of all time. The guy became so popular that he's so far one of the only two James Bond villains that were allowed to return to a sequel, and when people hear Bond villain, he's likely the one that will be remembered first. It's probably the steel teeth.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Caroline Munro as Naomi.
  • Growing the Beard: Roger Moore had finally found his niche playing Bond in this film.
  • Ho Yay / Worthy Opponent: M and General Gogol. After British and Soviet forces decide to work together, Gogol calls M "Miles", M calls Gogol "Alexis", and they act overly friendly to each other. Bond and Anya give a WTF look to each other after witnessing this scene.
  • Magnum Opus: Many fans consider this to be the best of Roger Moore 007 films (with the remainder considering For Your Eyes Only to be the best).
  • Memetic Mutation: The X Who Y'ed Me
  • Nightmare Fuel: Jaws attacking Anya on the train. Don't act like you didn't jump when she finds him hiding in her closet.
    • So much so that even Richard Kiel, who played Jaws did it.
    • Lot's of Jaw's assassination scene's are like this as well, such as when he ambushes a luckless arms dealer in a telephone booth. The sheer terror on the arm dealer's face when Jaw's slowly lowers his metal teeth to his neck is incredibly creepy.
    • Bond disarming a nuclear missile is especially nail-biting, even knowing there's no way he's going to actually fail.
    • The early scene with Stromberg feeding his traitorous mistress to a shark. The oddly beautiful music playing in the scene, combined with Stromberg's "It was you who betrayed me..." speech on the loudspeakers, doesn't really help.
  • Recycled Script: It uses some ideas of You Only Live Twice. (and then Moonraker outright employed Recycled INSPACE with TSWLM)
  • Rooting for the Empire: Richard Kiel has recounted how Jaws' survival at the end was met with giant applause at several screenings. He might be a villain, but he's such a Determinator that after a while you sort of root for him.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: A return to form after the tepid The Man with the Golden Gun.
    • So Cool It's Awesome; It's almost guaranteed to appear in "Top 10 Bond Films" lists, with a roughly 50/50 chance of it being rated higher than most of Connery's Bonds, sometimes even higher than Goldfinger. Quite a turnaround.
  • Win Back the Crowd: It had been years since there was a great and successful Bond film. Then this movie came out, and the franchise was revitalized.

The novel:

  • Unfortunate Implications: Vivienne equates Bond making love to her to a man claiming his prize after vanquishing a dragon, following it with the infamous claim that "all women love semi-rape".

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