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"Well, well... a British agent in love with a Russian agent. Détente, indeed."
Karl Stromberg
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The One with... that underwater Lotus.

The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, the second to be directed by Lewis Gilbert and the third to star Roger Moore, coming out in July 1977. The Title Theme Tune was performed by Carly Simon.

The film's storyline involves a pair of nuclear missile submarines that go missing. Independently, Bond and a Soviet agent, Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), are assigned to find them and team up to do so. Thing is, the former just shot the latter's boyfriend dead.

Its main iconic features are:

  1. The Teaser. 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.
  2. The disco-influenced soundtrack by Marvin Hamlisch.
  3. The Lotus Esprit. Driving off a pier into the sea. Where it turns into a submarine.
  4. 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 worldnote . It is actually a silent stage, not a sound stage. But the size makes it ideal for big action sequences, which almost always requires doing the sound in post anyway.
  5. Jaws (Richard Kiel), the 7'2" henchmen with the metal teeth who is so unstoppable that he is the only 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, he WILL survive it and come back to challenge him again. In fact, he does return for the next Bond movie, Moonraker.
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Nobody expected The Spy Who Loved Me to do well after the rather poor reception and results of The Man with the Golden Gun, but the gamble of producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli spectacularly paid off. 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 Ian Fleming's novel The Spy Who Loved Me, which was written much differently than the other Bond books, but Fleming was so embarrassed by the results that he only sold the rights to the title, refusing to license the plot with it.

The movie ends with "James Bond will return in...For Your Eyes Only." However, 1977 was the same summer that Star Wars was released, and every producer in the world wanted to have a space-themed hit to cash in on that. So, instead, they quickly scrambled together and made Moonraker since it could support a space-themed plot (it helped that "Moon" was in the title).

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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:

  • Actor Allusion: Curd Jürgens, who plays Stromberg, starred as the U-Boot captain in The Enemy Below, one of the most famous movies involving submarine warfare.
  • Adaptational Badass: Jaws is loosely based on the villain Sol "Horror" Horowitz from the novel, who is a thug with a metal-capped teeth whose villainy is limited to terrorizing a helpless woman. He later gets unceremoniously killed by Bond as he tries to make a getaway on a car (and is outlived by his partner, who became Sandor). Jaws, however, is a man who just won't die, and is one of the most remembered aspects of the film, and its subsequent sequel.
  • Agents Dating: A possible Trope Codifier. Bond and Soviet agent XXX (No, not that one) flip flop between working together and working against each other before they finally hookup at the end:
  • Agony of the Feet: Jaws drops a boulder on his foot. His grimace is priceless.
  • All There in the Manual: 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.
  • Almost Dead Guy: 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.
  • Always Save the Girl: 007 chooses to defy his superiors to save Anya from Atlantis, which is about to be torpedoed by the navy. Considering that she said she would kill him as soon as the mission was over, this proves that he really did care about her.
  • Amphibious Automobile: Bond's Lotus Esprit can become a sub.
  • The Anticipator: 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."
  • Apocalypse How: Class 2 (Civilization Extinction). Stromberg's plan to start a global thermonuclear war.
  • Artifact Title: The First Person perspective in the title was how the original story, the one 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 Carly Simon's lyrics to "Nobody Does it Better."
  • Artistic License – Military: 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".
  • Artistic License – Ships: The Soviet submarine is missing its fairwater planes.
  • Auction of Evil: Max Kalba sets up an auction between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. over plans for a system that can track submarines underwater.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Nobody Does it Better", sung by Carly Simon.
  • Bad Vibrations: In the HMS Ranger's mess, coffee cups start shaking before being taken over by the Liparus.
  • Bait-and-Switch: 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.
  • The Baroness: Anya is a goody who starts off as the Sexpot type, but rapidly defrosts.
  • Bedlah Babe: The harem girls who work for Bond's friend Hosein wear this garb.
  • Big Bad: Karl Stromberg.
  • Biker Babe: Naomi flies a helicopter wearing a shirt and a bikini.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Sort of; General Gogol's secretary is "Miss Rublevich."
  • Bond Gun Barrel: This film's was the first to feature Bond in a tuxedo, as previous films had him wearing a business suit.
  • Bond One-Liner: 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.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: 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!
  • Bring Him to Me: A variation - after capturing Major Amasova, Stromberg takes her to his headquarters, "Atlantis" to gloat over her and stick her in a skimpy outfit. Bond later follows and saves her.
  • The Brute: Jaws. Also The Dragon.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: Bond uses Fekish's secretary as a human shield when Sandor shoots at him, quite disturbingly as the woman may have been meant to be working with the bad guys, but it isn't made clear.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: 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.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: Stromberg hasn't built his underwater city yet (his Atlantis base is just a grandiose lab/mansion). He plans to build his city After the End, which many will clamour to be part of since after surviving the catastrophe of nuclear war, he offers them a fresh start in a new perfect society. His plan, like the one in You Only Live Twice (which this is deliberately based on), generally assumes that nuclear war will not lead to the death of nearly every living thing on the planet, which was a disturbingly widespread idea at the time, as the broader environmental effects of nuclear weapons were seriously underestimated. Stromberg just thought civilization would be destroyed, not the whole world. He was right.
    • It's debatable that this is Stromberg's plan as we were shown a grand total of three women in his organization. He killed one of them and Bond killed another, leaving his utopia with the receptionist and the kidnapped Anya.
  • Car Fu: Jaws going toe-to-toe with a van. While ultimately beat, he does put up a good fight tearing up large portions of it.
  • Car Meets House: The car carrying Jaws and his goons in hot pursuit of James Bond's Lotus Esprit ends up down a cliff and crashing through the roof of a small house. The car explodes, but Jaws just walks out through the door, dusting himself.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Bond is initially amused and impressed as Agent XXX recites his dossier — until she mentions his late wife and he immediately ends the conversation.
  • Collapsing Lair: When Stromberg's lair Atlantis is torpedoed. The Liparus also doubles as a secondary example.
  • Come Back to Bed, Honey:
    M: Moneypenny, where's 007?
    Moneypenny: He's on a mission, sir. In Austria.
    M: Tell him to pull out. Immediately.
    [Bond receives message]
    Girl: What happened? Where are you going?
    Bond: Sorry. Something came up.
    Girl: But, James, I need you.
  • Continuity Nod: 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 Die Another Day (marking the 20th entry as well as the 40th anniversary) and Skyfall (marking the 50th anniversary)). These references include
    • Dr. No:
      • 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 artifical hands, Jaws'... jaws).
      • For the second and only other time in the series, Q is referred to 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.
    • From Russia with Love:
    • Goldfinger:
      • The Big Bad 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 tricked-out car, complete with Oil Slick and other 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 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 hulking, mute, nigh invincible Dragon with an ordinary object turned into a deadly weapon (Oddjob with his bowler hat, Jaws with his dentures). Both are also electrocuted through those weapons, although Jaws survives.
      • All There in the Manual: According to the novelization, Jaws owes his existence to Stromberg, in much the same way that Oddjob was elevated by Goldfinger.
      • A beautiful Ace Pilot 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 Big Bad
    • Thunderball:
      • The Big Bad's underwater lair.
      • The use of a Shark Pool to dispose of treacherous henchmen. (This may also have been brought back because of the success of Jaws. See also Live and Let Die, and the piranha tank of You Only Live Twice.)
      • Underwater fight sequences with frogmen.
      • Just as he did with Fiona Volpe, Bond uses Felicca as a Bulletproof Human Shield (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 Big Bads 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.
    • You Only Live Twice:
      • Both villains are unaligned third parties who capture British and Soviet vessels (space capsules in YOLT, nuclear submarines in TSWLM) to set off World War III.
      • 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, sharks in TSWLM - see also Thunderball and Live and Let Die) with a trapdoor above it for dropping disloyal or unsuccessful henchmen. Also, Bond disposes of The Dragon by dropping him in the tank. Jaws survives the encounter, however, by 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 Diamonds Are Forever.)
      • For only the second time, Bond's superiors interrupt him while he's having sex at the end. (As with the 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, 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.
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service:
      • The Alpine ski chase in The Teaser 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 Nothing Personal.
      • 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.
    • Diamonds Are Forever:
      • 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 You Only Live Twice.)
      • 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.
    • Live and Let Die:
    • The Man with the Golden Gun:
      • A car that is more than just a car (Scaramanga's plane-car, Bond's submarine-car).
      • Bond meets M and Q in a secondary MI-6 base located within a landmark (the Queen Elizabeth shipwreck in Golden Gun, an Egyptian tomb in Spy).
      • Bond dispatches Stromberg 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 Casino Royale (1967) 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.
  • Cool Boat: Stromberg's supertanker, the Liparus. It eats submarines.
  • Cool Car: The Lotus Esprit submarine, nicknamed "Wet Nellie" by fans. After the film came out, demand grew so much that customers were put on a three-year waiting list.
  • Cool Guns: Stromberg's henchmen use Sterlings. Bond and the escaped submarine crews later arm themselves with them during the final battle.
  • Cool Sidecar: The bad guys chase Bond with a sidecar that becomes a detachable missile steered by a joystick on the motorbike.
  • Coolest Club Ever: 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.
  • Crossing the Desert: James Bond and Anya Amasova walk and walk and walk throughout the Egyptian desert after their getaway car breaks down, eventually reaching a dock.
  • Darker and Edgier: Very subtly done. Although Bond gave his moral viewpoint on killing in the previous film, this is the first time his profession is openly discussed, and What Measure Is a Mook? 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.
  • Deadly Gas: After capturing the USS Ranger, the villains fire a hollow bolt through the hull and attach it to a tank of cyanide gas, giving those inside a choice of surrender or die.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bond, as usual; and Anya proves quite adept at snark as well.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Karl Stromberg is a billionare shipping magnate with an underwater base who steals nuclear submarines.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: Stromberg sneers at Bond when he thinks he's trying start a War for Fun and Profit.
  • Dirty Old Man: Stromberg to Anya, while she's strapped to a couch.
  • Disconnected by Death: Max Kalbar is killed by Jaws in a phone booth.
  • Disney Villain Death: Sandor is almost falling, if not for holding Bond's tie. After 007 gets useful info outta him, he causes the henchman to fall to his death. Who'd have thought the Roger Moore era would have one of the nastiest bits of cold-blooded murder committed by Bond in the series?
  • Distaff Counterpart: 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).
  • Double Entendre:
    • 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.
  • Double X: Agent Triple X is the codename of Bond's Distaff Counterpart. It also serves as the obligatory suggestive Bond Girl name, given that her actual name is Anya Amasova.
  • The Dragon: Jaws.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Bond fights Jaws after killing his Diabolical Mastermind boss Stromberg. Jaws survives and does a Villain: Exit, Stage Left.
  • Drink Order/Your Favorite: 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.
  • Driving Stick: Anya falls foul to this when trying to escape Jaws with 007.
    [Anya failing to drive stick, causing the gears to grind noisily]
    Bond: Can you play any other tune?
  • Easter Egg: The sail of American submarine USS Wayne has hull number 593. That particular hull number belonged in the Real Life to USS Thresher (SSN-593), a nuclear submarine which disappeared in 1963.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: The Egyptian base of operations for MI-6 is located just inside the main entrance to the Temple of Ramesses II.
  • Enemy Mine: Not only Bond and Anya, as well as MI-6 and the KGB, but also the American, British and Soviet submariners who fight against the Liparus crew.
  • Enhance Button: Back before it was cool.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": 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.
  • Evil Plan: Stromberg wants to start World War III by hijacking nuclear submarines and launching them at New York and Moscow respectively, as in You Only Live Twice framing both countries a perpetrators of the others' plan. He will then build and rule an underwater city as a paradise for the survivors to rebuild civilization. Yes, he is insane.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Jaws falls into a tank with a shark. They both go under and blood is soon seen floating to the surface. After the villain's lair is sunk into the sea, Jaws surfaces and swims off, reappearing in the next film.
  • 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.
  • False Flag Operation: Two nukes are simultaneously launched towards Moscow and New York, prompting nuclear war. Stromberg, of course, is safe in his undersea base.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • "Now!" Sergei Barsov
    • "No! No!" The woman Sandor used as bait for Bond, before getting shot by Sandor.
    • "Pyramids! AAAAH!" Sandor, answering to Bond's question of Fekkesh's whereabouts, thrown off a building by Bond.
    • "Excuse me, Major. I'll be back in a moment." Aziz Fekkesh, before getting killed by Jaws.
    • "This is Kalba. Hello? Hello?" Max Kalba, who is also killed by Jaws.
    • "You are too late, Mr. Bond. Our submarines are already on station. In four minutes, the missiles will be launched." The Captain of the Liparus, later killed by the freed sailors.
    • "Yours too, Mr. Bond, yours too. And faster than you think." Karl Stromberg, shot four times by Bond.
  • Fatal Flaw: Karl Stromberg's obsession with the sea.
  • Fed to the Beast: Stromberg drops his treacherous secretary into a Shark Pool to be eaten.
  • The Film of the Book: The film was based off of one of Fleming's least favorite Bond novels, which centers around Bond rescuing a woman from two assassins in a ski lodge. The movie threw it out and replaced with Bond teaming up with a Russian agent to stop a plot to wipe out mankind.
  • First Law of Resurrection: Jaws was supposed to die, but test audiences liked him so much that they went back and filmed a scene of him defeating the shark he went up against. He then appeared in the next film.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: While the Trope is Played Straight, it comes close to a dangerous subversion. Anya remembers her vow to kill Bond for her lover's death (which he has already apologized for) and seems about to do it. But she has a change of heart, and the Trope is played straight.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Stromberg forces Anya Amasova to wear a cleavage-revealing outfit in Atlantis. Maybe he found it in Naomi's wardrobe?
  • Groin Attack:
    • 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 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.
  • Hammerspace Parachute: James skiis off the edge of a cliff, only to deploy a parachute with a large Union Flag on it.
  • Handshake Refusal: 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.
  • Hand Signals: 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.
  • Haven't You Seen X Before?: A submarine sailor is surprised to see Major Anya Amasova using the captain's shower. The Captain, without looking up from his desk, but knowing full well what the sailor must be looking at, asks "What's wrong, sailor? Haven't you seen a major using a shower before?"
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: Bond does this to Sandor and then lets him plummet to his death when he hears everything he needs.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Stomberg's mooks wear orange, as contrast to the British, Russian and US sailors with proper colouring though these mooks aren't proper soldiers, but rather workers and builders with guns for defence. And such workers (like aboard oil rigs) occasionally wear orange, so they could be spotted easily during rescue missions.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Stromberg tries to shoot Bond with a harpoon gun under his dining table. After dodging, Bond shoots back through the pipeline.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: 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.
  • I Know You Know I Know: When they officially meet at the Egyptian night club, Bond and Anya rattle off what they know about each other from their intelligence.
  • IKEA Weaponry: A little broken-down jetski is assembled from a duffel bag.
  • Implacable Man: Jaws proves himself to be Bond's most resilient foe.
  • Ineffectual Death Threats: 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.
  • In Name Only: 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).
  • Instant Sedation: While Anya and Bond are sailing down the Nile, Anya knocks out Bond with sleep dust blown out of a cigarette.
  • Intimate Healing
    • 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.
  • Island Base: Stromberg's Atlantis base is a giant floating platform.
  • It's Personal: Major Amasova vows to kill Bond at the end of the mission when she finds out he killed her lover. Unless you mean in the Shakespearean sense, she doesn't.
  • It's Raining Men: Bond skis off the edge of a cliff to avoid Soviet troops and pops a parachute with the British flag on it.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: James Bond does this with Sandor hanging by his necktie from a great height. Once Bond has the information, he lets him fall.
  • Joker Immunity: Jaws is Made of Iron and routinely survives otherwise catastrophic disasters by just dusting himself off. This allowed him to survive for Moonraker, where he underwent a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Knockout Gas: Anya Amasova uses a trick cigarette to blow knockout gas into Bond's face.
  • Last Request: Bond asks Anya if he can make one before she kills him. 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.
  • Left the Background Music On: A variation. When Bond pulls the plug on the Liparus' bridge monitors, the Bond theme abruptly shuts off.
  • Made of Iron: Always true of Bond, but Jaws as well.
  • Mega-Corp: The Stromberg Shipping Line.
  • Mega-Maw Maneuver: Stromberg has a device that can cause submarines to lose power and surface. He also has an oil tanker with a bow that can open and swallow up the helpless submarines. He uses them to capture three nuclear missile submarines (one Soviet, one American and one British) during the movie.
  • Men of Sherwood: The American, British and Soviet submarine crewmen.
  • Milkman Conspiracy: The Stromberg Shipping Line hijacks nuclear submarines in a bid to start World War III and restart civilization in an underwater city.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Disappearing submarines -> plot to start a nuclear war.
  • Motive Misidentification: 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.
  • Mr. Exposition: More like Miss Exposition, as Major Amasova reads off everything she knows about Bond in the nightclub scene.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Naomi, Stromberg's gorgeous helicopter pilot/assassin; and Major Anya Amasova, especially in the shower of the U.S. submarine.
  • Neck Lift: Jaws does this to Bond during the train fight, which Bond only gets out of due to a nearby lamp.
  • New Era Speech: Stromberg gives one to Bond:
    Stromberg: I intend to change the face of history.
    Anya: By destroying the world?
    Stromberg: By creating a world. A new and beautiful world beneath the sea. Today civilisation as we know it is corrupt and decadent. Inevitably, it will destroy itself. I'm merely accelerating the process. I will accept the judgment of posterity.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Averted with the women in the opening credits sequence.
  • No Escape but Down: Bond skis off a cliff, only to reveal he was wearing a parachute.
  • No More for Me: When Bond's car/submarine Lotus Esprit drives out of the ocean onto a beach, a wine-drinking beachgoer takes a bewildered look at his bottle.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Subverted. Stromberg invites Bond to join him for dinner so that Bond will be sitting right in the sights of the gun attached to the underside of the table. Bond figures it out, gets clear in time and returns the favour down the firing tube.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: 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.
  • The Noun Who Verbed: 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 From Russia with Love, in fact). It was the first Bond novel released since Colonel Sun, 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 The Spy Who Loved Me. (I mean, to the extent that that would avoid any confusion at all...)
  • A Nuclear Error: The "Impulse Conductor Circuit", which can detonate a nuclear warhead while it's being disassembled.
  • Older Than They Look: Would you guess that Roger Moore was pushing 50 when he made this film?
  • Olive Garden: The film averts the trope by Bond going to Sardinia.
  • One-Hit Kill: Don't let Jaws' jaws near you. Bond didn't, even though all the attempts.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You:
    Bond: "Mmm, maybe I misjudged Stromberg. Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad."
  • The One with...: The one with the underwater Supervillain Lair.
  • Operation Game of Doom: Removing the detonator from a nuclear warhead. It's magnetic too, just to make it even more difficult.
  • Overt Operative: How about Bond's Union Jack parachute? Way to maintain deniability, unless you're going for the double bluff: "Well, obviously a real British agent wouldn't advertise his allegiance like that!"
  • Personal Mook: Stromberg has his personal helicopter pilot Naomi.
  • Pet the Dog: Gogol showing sympathy for Anya's loss helps to establish that he's not the callous villain of the movie.
  • Playing Both Sides: 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.
  • Porn Names: 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."
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: For a moment it looks like Triple X is pulling one of these on Bond, but she changed her mind about killing him once the mission is over — she wants to shag him instead.
  • Power Cable Attack: Bond tries it during his fight with Jaws on the train by breaking the bulb on a table lamp and electrifying Jaws' metal mouth. Unfortunately he's using regular current so he only stuns Jaws for a moment, but that's enough time for Bond to kick him out a window.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: 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)
  • Pretty in Mink: A lady wears a white mink coat in the beginning. She's possibly Naked in Mink in it as well.
  • Raised Hand of Survival: James Bond is fighting 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' hand emerging from the pile of debris, showing he's alive.
  • Reality Ensues: The traditional pre-credits action scene features the standard scene of Bond effortlessly disposing of a couple of enemy mook. Post credits... one of the mooks is given a name and a personal life, and later on Bond has to explain to his love interest why he had to kill her former lover.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles
    • 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!").
  • Recycled In Space
    • Both You Only Live Twice 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 Word of God (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, 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.
  • Red Right Hand: Stromberg has webbed fingers.
  • Red Shirt: 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.
  • Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: Courtesy of General Gogol:
    General Gogol: The submarine Potemkin disappeared without trace? What a catastrophe, Comrade Chairman.
  • Restart the World: Stromberg plans to start a nuclear war between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. by launching a nuclear missile against each nation simultaneously. His justification?
    Today civilization as we know it is corrupt and decadent. Inevitably, it will destroy itself. I'm merely accelerating the process.
I intend to change the face of history [snip] by creating a world. A new and beautiful world beneath the sea.
  • Rescue Romance: Anya doesn't really warm up to Bond until after he saves her from Jaws on the train. His rescuing her from the sinking Atlantis is enough to get her to give up her plans to kill him.
  • Revenge Myopia: 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.
  • Same Language Dub: Barbara Jefford provided the voice for Caroline Munro's character, Naomi.
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: Anya tucks her hair up under a cap to try to hide from the villains—until one of the minions knocks the cap off and her hair swirls down around her.
  • Shark Pool: Stromberg has a shark pit in his lair with push-button Trap Door access.
  • Shoot the Builder: After the two scientists create the submarine tracking system for Stromberg, he has them murdered.
  • Short-Lived Aerial Escape: The underwater Lotus to Naomi's chopper.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shower Scene: Considering that this takes place on a U.S. submarine and involves Barbara Bach, it gives a whole new meaning to the Navy expression "Hollywood shower".
    • For the ignorant, a Hollywood shower is a long, luxurious shower, where you let the water run for the whole shower. By contrast, a Navy shower consists of running the water, cold, long enough to get wet, turning it off and soaping up, and running the water, still cold, long enough to rinse the suds off. The water is on for no more than two minutes in total. For obvious reasons, Hollywood showers are used as rewards.
  • Sic 'em: "James Bond. And the woman is Major Amasova, a Russian agent. Let them get to shore... and then kill them."
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: 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.
  • Sleep Cute: Played with. Anya Amasova and James Bond start to do this, but when the Russian agent stops falling asleep she jerks herself back from Bond.
  • Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: 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.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: 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 Heroic Sacrifices to help save the day.
  • The Sociopath: Karl Stromberg clearly doesn't care for humanity anymore, thinking that it should be destroyed and then restart it in the ocean.
  • Something Else Also Rises: When they transfer to the submarine, when the Captain discovers that Major Amasova is a woman, he makes some rather lame innuendo. The scene then cuts to an exterior shot of the submarine nosing up.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Stromberg feeding his assistant to the sharks while Bach's Air on the G-String plays.
  • Stab the Scorpion: Anya pulls a gun on James Bond, only to shoot the top off a champagne bottle.
  • Standard Hollywood Strafing Procedure: Bond is strafed by a pursuing helicopter while driving his Lotus Esprit.
  • Starter Villain: Per the norm for Bond films, the cold open sets up part of the main plot, with the leader of the Soviet hit team being the lover of Major Amasova, the Russian agent Bond works with during the film. She's not happy to find out James killed him.
  • Storming the Castle: Bond breaks into Stromberg's headquarters, Atlantis.
  • Sub Story: The film features multiple submarines. Among its more notable aspects is a movie featuring Page Three Stunna pics somehow getting a PG when the BBFC reclassified the thing and Barbara Bach's shower. On naval ships, water is at somewhat at a premium (no, you can't get it directly from the sea; that's salt water and you need to desalinate it first) and sailors take a "Navy Shower" (rinse, lather, rinse off). Bach has the shower running. The captain clearly liked her; "Hollywood Showers" are only permitted if you've done something special.
  • Surprise Vehicle: Stromberg's attack helicopter appears from behind a low wall at the edge of a cliff with no warning.
  • Swiss Bank Account: 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.
  • Table Space: 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.
  • Tempting Fate: 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.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Stromberg has a table gun in his dining room designed to fire an explosive projectile straight into the crotch of whoever's across from him. Bond manages to dodge the shot and shoves his PPK into the tube to show him what he thinks of the idea...
  • They Knew the Risks: When Anya realizes Bond killed her lover on an earlier mission, he says, "Anya, in this business, people get killed. We both know that. So did he."
  • This Is What the Building Will Look Like: In his study, Stromberg shows Bond a model of an underwater city with Atlantis as its main structure.
  • Thriller on the Express: Jaws attempts to kill Bond and Anya on a train.
  • Title Drop: Though "Nobody Does It Better" is the name of the Theme Tune, it still drops the movie's title. But does it so classy: "I wasn't lookin' but somehow you found me, it tried to hide from your love light, but like heaven above me. The spy who loved me, is keepin' all my secrets safe tonight."
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Fekish spots Jaws and rather than seeking Safety in Muggles—where he already was, he runs off and tries to hide by himself. Of course, Jaws finds him and kills him.
    • Bond gets one at the end when he leaves his PPK within reaching distance of Anya even though she had sworn a vendetta on him.
  • Transforming Mecha: Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car. In Calvin Dyson's review, he dubs the Transformers theme over this scene.
  • Translation Convention: Russian characters (General Gogol, Major Amasova, her lover).
  • Trap Door: Stromberg uses one in his elevator to drop his treacherous secretary into the Shark Pool. He later tries to use it on Bond, who of course sees it coming.
  • Trap-Door Fail: The elevator really does have a trap door — we see it used early in the film. And this time, Bond straddles it and avoids falling in.
  • Tuckerization:
  • Undercover as Lovers: James and Anya pose as man and wife while visiting Stromberg.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Stromberg's plan is to trigger World War III and destroy the world, then create a new civilisation under the sea.
  • Villainous Valor/Villain: Exit, Stage Left: 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.
  • War for Fun and Profit: 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 create an underwater utopia.
  • Weapon of Choice: 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 biting 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.
  • Weaponized Car: Bond's Lotus Esprit.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: The opening action sequence ends with James Bond deploying a Union Flag parachute. It's with that scene that Bond turned from a popular character who just happened to be British to a national British icon.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: 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 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.
  • When Harry Met Svetlana: James Bond works with Major Anya Amasova of the KGB. Despite the fact that he killed her lover (in self defense), she naturally falls in love with him by the end of the movie.
  • Wicked Cultured: Stromberg likes to kill minions while enjoying fine cuisine and classical music.
  • "Will Return" Caption: The credits announce For Your Eyes Only as the next film, only for Moonraker to be made between films.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • 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).
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Bond uses a scoop slam on a mook.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • 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.
  • Your Favorite: Bond and Anja show they know enough about each other by both asking the barman for the other's favourite drink.

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...For Your Eyes Only.
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