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Heartwarming / The Spy Who Loved Me

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The Film

  • A Real Life example: The crew had been promised a big van full of catering supplies and food, having tasted the "depressing" food in Egypt. The truck gets there all right...but there's no food inside. Albert R. Broccoli, the producer, hears about this. What does he do? He gets massive shipments of pasta, spaghetti sauce, meatballs, etc. together, hauls it all to Egypt in a cargo plane (or a truck), and he treats the entire cast and crew to a huge spaghetti dinner, which he even cooked himself.
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  • Bond going back into Atlantis to rescue Anya. He has absolutely no reason to do so - their mission was over, she'd made it clear to him that she was going to kill him once they'd finished working together, and he knew that he'd have to contend with Stromberg and Jaws (who'd almost killed him several times)... and he does it anyway. This is the major turning point for Moore's Bond, who up until now had been an unrepentant Jerkass.
  • "Nobody Does It Better" is probably the one Bond theme that can be called heartwarming as it's essentially a love letter to James Bond, something most fans can get behind.
  • Another real life one: MGM at the time gave an advance screening of their films to all the studio's low level employees to get a "common person's" view and see if they should tweak anything. Typically the people actually involved in making the film were kept away from them, but Richard Kiel was invited to this one as the producers knew full well that Jaws would get the biggest responses from the audience and wanted him to have that experience.
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  • General Gogol offering Anya his sincere condolences on the death of her lover.
    "It had not escaped our notice that you had been more than friends for some time. I'm very sorry."
  • Another real-life example was that Richard Kiel was the essential of a Nice Guy and a family man who portrayed such an epic character that in addition to the audience loving, was also well-liked by the film's cast and crew. Furthermore, 30 years after the film was released when Roger Moore was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,note  Richard was among those in attendance.
  • During the final battle, Bond's gun runs out of ammo and a Russian sailor hands him a spare clip without a second thought.

The Novel

  • After the long night of horror Viv has narrowly survived, she and Bond share a tender moment together and clean each other in the shower. When Viv tells Bond about being called a whore by the mobsters, he reassures her that she's not. Having suffered badly in previous sexual relationships (including being forced into an abortion), Bond is the first man in her life to treat her like a human being.