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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine DVD to accompany a great movie, July 7, 2000
This review is from: The Spy Who Loved Me (Special Edition) (DVD)
This is my personal favorite of the Roger Moore 007 movies so I was looking forward to the DVD to see what sort of commentary would be provided to go along with it. Here we are treated ti Producer Micheal Wilson, Designer Ken Adam and writer Chrostopher Wood recounting their memories of the movie in a screen-specific commentary. Added to this is a lengthy "Making of...." feature (over 40 minutes) that all in all combines to make this a movie that belongs in everyones DVD library. The movie iteself is intriguing with very satisfying action scenes, humor and the most beautiful actress ever to grace the movie screen - Barbara Bach...
The movie really has it all and we learn before the main titles that this is going to be a very different 007 movie from the ones that preceded it. In 1977 audiences rose to their feet to cheer what is still one of the most amazing stunts in motion picture history. Accompanied by a disco beat (that I like) Bond leaves the cabin of one of the EON series' sexiest femme fatales, is pursued by Russian assassins and then ski's off a mountain-top, apparently to his death. But no a parachute opens and our hero glides effortlessly across our screen and into the waiting hands of the main titles - perfect.
I've never been a fan of Bond in the main titles and this is unfortunately the one that started this trend. My favorite main title sequences are those in which 007 does not appear.
The sequence at the submarine base introduces us to a couple of recurring characters, first is Minster Frederick Gray and then Admiral Hargreaves (who would later be promoted to the position of M). These are two welcome additions and Gray's appearance in particular would help the series four years later when the series lost Bernard Lee.
We also are introduced to Gen. Gogol as head of the KGB. Gogol would return in each of the successive movies until 1987's THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS when actor Walter Gotell's health had deteriorated to such an extent that his part was rewritten to a mere cameo, while the chunk of his scenes went to John Rhys-Davies.
What follows is a mix of action (the car chase, battle inside the Liparus and train fight stand out), drama (confrontation in the hotel room in particular) and Moore getting to be ruthless (dispatching Sandor from the rooftop - "What a helpful chap.") Of course any review of the movie would be remiss not to mention the introduction of Jaws.
Jaws is a killing machine who, although clumsy, does not think twice about murdering his prey.
Many fans are admirers of Caroline Munro in this picture. For me, the main thing I like about her appearances are the looks it illicits from Bach's Amasova - are those flickers of jealousy?
Really, everything comes together perfectly, the perfect girl, some of the best action and drama, great locations and all the while Moore's great humor, it is in this movie that he delivers one of my all-time favorite 007 lines - "All those feathers and he still couldn't fly!"
UPDATE- It should be noted that there is a rerelease of this movie coming up on DVD which will feature a newly recorded scene specific audio commentary by Bond actor Roger Moore. So, it may well be worth holding off on a purchase until these Ultimate Editions are released towards the end of 2006.
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Initial post: May 23, 2011 5:00:51 AM PDT
This is a GREAT review, in many ways, and you are right to praise it (I, too, have a but of an aversion to seeing Bond in the title sequences). However, I do have to point out on thing, and I do so with a slight 'wink' because this plays into one of my favorite geeky-movie debates. Given the Bond films' propensity for a) using multiple actors in the same role (Tanner, Blofeld, Bond himself) and b) using the same actor more than once, but as different characters (Walter Gotell, Charles Gray), it is unclear Whether the "M" played by Robert Brown, is in fact, the promoted Admiral Hargreaves. He could be portraying the same "M" that Bernard Lee had played, or he could be another man altogether. It's one of those fun things to speculate about, which is really the only reason I bring it up. On a further, more arcane, note, it is mentioned that the Bernard Lee "M" is called Miles (stated fully in the books, it's Sir Miles Meservy), and its mentioned that Judi Dench's "M" in the reboot movie Casino Royale also has the initial "M" (for Mawdsley) in her name, therefore, it's really not clear whether all heads of MI6 are called "M", or merely these two, because their last names begin with "M". (Wikipedia further muddies these waters by stating that Hargreaves's first name is "Marion", but I have no idea where that information comes from.) Okay, that's enough. Talk amongst yourselves.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2011 1:30:09 PM PDT
It is an interesting point. I like to think that the M played by Robert Brown in the 1980s was Admiral Hargreaves, and would point out that the 007 CD-ROMs endorsed by the producers EON in the 1990s explicitely state that is is Admiral Hargreaves. However, there is the iffy point of M's rank in "The Living Daylights". You will note that M appears in uniform at the beginning of "The Living Daylights" and is of a lower rank than Hargreaves is identified to be in "The Spy Who Loved Me", Therefore for M to be Hargreaves, Hargreaves would have had to be demoted.

As for all the heads of SIS having the initial M, I don't think that really holds water. In the real SIS all the heads are referred to as C after one of their legendary leaders but in the 1990s the C was Stella Rimmington who does not have any C initial.

It's interesting however that Bond creator Ian Fleming's nickname for his mother was - you guessed it, M.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 12:06:54 PM PST
Simon Allard says:
James Bond 007 -The Spy who Loved Me Blu-ray (2012)
Format: Blu-ray
This what I see. Then I click reviews. Then I see your useless review of the DVD version. If you ever see the blu-ray version, please write another review.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2013 10:56:16 AM PDT
Amazon has a habit of attaching product reviews regardless of format and edition to all instances of the movie. This review is attached to the DVD product page.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2013 3:51:29 PM PDT
Simon Allard says:
I now know. Thanks for the kind input.

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 5:41:01 PM PDT
Simon Allard says:
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Feb 2013
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126 min.
UPC: 883904267232
That is what i searched on Amazon. I ended up with a DVD review. I want to know if the blu-ray version is a big step up.
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