Revisiting The Spy Who Loved Me
Posted 13 April 2015 - 08:52 PM
Probably his best review that I've seen. Although not a fan per say of TSWLM, his enthusiasm here adds to the read, and most of his points right on target.
Posted 14 April 2015 - 02:17 AM
I am enjoying these, because I recently did a marathon myself.
Posted 18 April 2015 - 02:40 AM
Mostly agree. A good essay on a well-made Bond film.
I will always maintain that TSWLM is the best of the Lewis Gilbert epics because, unlike YOLT and MR, there was no excellent Fleming book to ruin. Having only to retain the name gave Eon the license to go as crazy and OTT as they wanted.
Posted 04 May 2015 - 08:10 AM
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (re-watch)
What can I say - I am biased. Very much so. This is the first Bond film I have seen. My dad took me, and it opened up a world for me. Never before did I have that much fun in the cinema - actually, apart from Disney movies this was the first time I ever saw a film with real (well, more or less) people, delivering that sort of entertainment. Of course, a few months later I saw STAR WARS, and that really expanded my universe. So, 1977 - a great year of cinema for me.
I have watched this Bond film probably the most. Which speaks of my nostalgia - but also of the sheer entertainment value of this adventure. And re-watching it now on blu-ray, I appreciated the really beautiful cinematography (by Claude RENOIR, yes, one of those!) even more than ever. And the film itself raced by without me looking at the watch at any point.
I still love this one. And that won´t change even if I know every scene by heart at this point.
Still, after re-watching the others in a row I did recognize that this plays a bit like a greatest hits collection already. Heck, even the monorail looks as if Donald Pleasance could just be hiding around the corner. Jaws, despite the peasant scene, is still menacing, a kind of vampire-terminator-mix before THE TERMINATOR appeared. Barbara Bach is strikingly beautiful. Curd Jürgens is a delightfully deranged megalomaniac. Roger Moore is still tough but has more fun than ever.
And Marvin Hamlisch´s theme song is such an irresistable concoction that it lifts up my spirit every time I hear it. Maybe because it speaks of a time in which despite the Cold War-threat everything still seemed to be in order and nothing was too scary. Bond could still save the world.
That feeling has gone now, of course. And maybe that´s why the current movies cannot escape the doom and gloom - we are living in that time.
Posted 09 June 2015 - 11:13 PM
As much as I love LALD & TMWTGG, I admit that TSWLM was what we needed at the time - as much as EON did.
Great OTT fun, with new icons to revive the popularity of the franchise. Moore definitely came into his own with this one.
What a pity EON figured they had to compete with Star Wars after this.
NB: Both these reviews refer to nuking the Pacific Ocean - twice. Surely the Ranger and Potemkin were in the Atlantic?
Indeed, "Stop getting Bond wrong!"