YMMV / The Spy Who Loved Me

The film:

  • Acceptable Targets: Apparently, Ancient Egyptian architects, as Bond is shown muttering "Egyptian builders" after Jaws collapses part of a temple down on himself.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "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.
    • Marvin Hamlisch's whole score counts as well. Yes, "Bond '77" is disco, but it is badass.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza, with the mystical narration. Though in fairness, this is a case of Aluminum Christmas Trees. 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Jaws, who along with Oddjob, Red Grant and Baron Samedi is one of the most popular villainous 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 get a redemption, and when people hear the word 'Bond Villain', he's likely one of the examples that will be brought up first.
    • Anya Amasova gets a lot of love from the fandom as well, given her beauty, brains and hyper-competence to the point that many consider her to be Moore's best Bond girl, if not one of the best overall. Even the producers liked her so much that they asked Barbara Bach to reprise her role on two separate occasions, although sadly she declined.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Caroline Munro as Naomi.
  • Growing the Beard: Roger Moore had finally found his niche playing Bond in this film.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Anya's fights with Jaws can be hard to watch after the following year's Force 10 from Navarone featured Richard Kiel beating up Barbara Bach in a far more realistic and disturbing manner.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A rich tycoon wanting to create a new underwater civilization, protected from nuclear warfare? Rapture has you covered.
  • 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.
  • Memetic Bystander: The guy drinking wine when the Lotus surfaces at the beach. Not only does he reappear in the following two films, he's slowly developing a meme.
  • Memetic Mutation: The X Who Y'ed Me
  • 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.
  • Special Effects Failure: The boat carrying Anya, when jettisoned, is clearly just a model.
  • Squick: When Stromberg drops his traitorous secretary into the Shark Pool, the shark puts its snout right into the secretary's crotch.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel:
    • Some see it as a return to form after the allegedly "tepid" The Man with the Golden Gun.
    • Many, including Roger Moore himself, consider The Spy Who Loved Me to be the best of the Moore 007 films altogether (though For Your Eyes Only sometimes takes that prize).
  • Tearjerker:
    • Anya learning of the death of her boyfriend in the Swiss Alps. Unbeknownst to her, Bond was the one to pull the trigger.
    • Anya introducing herself to Bond by laying out his dossier, eventually making mention of his late wife. Visibly upset, Bond cuts her off and quickly changes the subject.
  • 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.

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