The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

UK, 1977
125m
35mm film, “filmed in Panavision” [anamorphic], Eastmancolor, Deluxe, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English

A British science fiction film directed by Lewis Gilbert.

Plot Summary

James Bond is assigned to investigate the disappearance, mid-ocean, of a number of American and Soviet nuclear submarines. His investigations lead him to deranged, power-mad billionaire industrialist Stromberg and his insane plans to create a new society under the sea.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Pre-production Director: Guy Hamilton *
© MCMLXXVII [1977] Danjaq S.A.
Albert R. Broccoli presents. Eon Productions *
Produced by: Albert R. Broccoli
Associate Producer: William P. Cartlidge
Screenplay by: Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum
Novel: Ian Fleming [credited in possessory above title]
Director of Photography: Claude Renoir
Editor: John Glen
Music by: Marvin Hamlisch
The theme from “The Spy Who Loved Me“: “Nobody Does It Better” performed by Carly Simon, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, composed by Marvin Hamlisch, produced by Richard Perry
James Bond Theme: Monty Norman [uncredited]
Sound Recordist: Gordon Everett
Wardrobe Supervisor: Rosemary Burrows
Fashion Consultant: Ronald Paterson
Make-up: Paul Engelen
Hairdresser: Barbara Ritchie
Special Effects (Studio): John Evans
Special Visual Effects: Derek Meddings
Production Designed by: Ken Adam
Locations: Baffin Island, Northwest Territories, Canada *; The Bahamas *; Canada *; Egypt *; Malta *; Okinawa, Japan *; Sardinia, Italy *; Scotland, UK *; Switzerland

Cast
Roger Moore (James Bond)
Barbara Bach (Major Anya Amasova)
Curt Jurgens as Stomberg
Richard Kiel (Jaws)
Caroline Munro (Naomi)
Geoffrey Keen (Minister of Defence)
Walter Gotell (General Gogol)
Edward De Souza (Sheikh Hosein)
Vernon Dobtcheff (Max Kalba)
George Baker (Captain Benson)
Desmond Llewellyn (‘Q’)
Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny)
Michael Billington (Sergei)
Bernard Lee as ‘M’
Shane Rimmer (U.S.S. Wayne crew – captain)
Sydney Tafler (Liparus captain)
Bryan Marshall (H.M.S. Ranger crew – captain)
Valerie Leon (hotel receptionist)
Sue Vanner (log cabin girl)
Nadim Sawlha (Fekkesh)

Alternative Titles

Agente 007, la spia che mi amava – Italian title
James Bond 007 – Der Spion, der mich liebte – German title
L’Espion qui m’aimait – French title
Engem James Bond 007
Ãlskale spion – Danish title
La spia che mi amava – Spanish title

Dr. No (1962)
From Russia with Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Sequels
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)
No Time to Die (2021)

See also
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Clapperboard: Behind the Scenes on The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Clapperboard: Behind the Scenes on The Spy Who Loved Me (1977b)
Free Enterprise (1998)
High Anxiety (1977)
Inspector Gadget (1999)
Jaws (1975)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
True Lies (1994)
Zuijia paidang zhi nuhuang miling (1984)

Extracts included in
Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond (1987)
Inside The Spy Who Loved Me (2000)
The James Bond Story (1999)
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day (2002)
The World of James Bond (1995)

Production Notes

Production
Production was due to end in the first week of January 1977 but over-ran. A note in Screen International says that it would be running until 20 January “at least.” 1Screen International no.69 (8 January 1977) p.91. It eventually wrapped on 26 January 2Announced in an advertising feature in Screen International no.76 (26 February 1977) pp.11-14

References

Periodicals

  • American Cinematographer vol.58 (May 1977) pp.487-489 – illustrated articles (Behind the scenes of The Spy Who Loved Me (pp.486, 550-554); About Pinewood Studio’s new 007 stage (pp.488-489, 545-547)
  • American Cinematographer vol.60 (February 1979) pp.186-188, 193-196 – illustrated articles (British entry wins Uniatec Film Technology Grand Prix (pp.186, 188-193), Creating mechanical models and miniatures for The Spy Who Loved Me (pp.187, 193-196))
  • Entertainment Weekly no.515 (3 December 1999) pp.40 – 42, 44, 46 – illustrated article (And the Bond played on by Andrew Essex)
  • Film Review Special no.16 (1999) pp.46-51 – illustrated credits, interviews with various cast and crew (by Howard Maxford)
  • Films and Filming vol.23 no.12 (September 1977) p.32 – illustrated review (by Gordon Gow)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.241 no.44 (11 June 1976) p.10 – production notes
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.247 no.15 (7 July 1977) p.5 – review (by Arthur Knight)
  • The Hollywood Reporter 12 April 1982 p.9 – interview with Albert Broccoli (by Robert Osborne)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.44 no.523 (August 1977) p.176 – review (by Tim Pulleine)
  • Photoplay vol.28 April 1977 pp.30-31, 54 – illustrated interview with Roger Moore (This is the noisiest Bond film ever! by Roy Pickard (pp.30-31, 54)); illustrated preview (Bond’s Bosom Pals (pp.32-33))
  • Screen International no.52 (4 September 1976) p.12 – credits
  • Screen International no.66 11 December 1976 pp.16-17 – illustrated news item (Sir Harold opens massive new 007 stage)
  • Screen International no.69 (8 January 1977) pp.8; 9 – credits (In production); note (Production briefs)
  • Screen International no.70 (15 January 1977) p..8 – credits (In production)
  • Screen International no.71 (22 January 1977) pp.4; 12 – illustrated note (Stage-struck); credits (In production)
  • Screen International no.72 (29 January 1977) p.10 – illustrated note (Barbara greets UA chief)
  • Screen International no.74 (12 February 1977) pp.10; 15 – illustrated interview with Ken Adam (Adam and his creation by George Waldo); credits (February post-production)
  • Screen International no.76 (26 February 1977) pp.6-7; 11-14; 15 – illustrated interview with Lewis Gilbert (Sue Summers’ production beat: The man who ensured 007 has kept up with the times by Sue Summers); advertising feature announcing the end of production; note (Writing 007 score)
  • Screen International 16 July 1977 p.16 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.3 no.6 (June 1993) p.70 – note about UK video release (by Peter Dean)
  • Starburst no.212 April 1996 p.55 – illustrated note about UK video release (by Lawrence McIlhoney)
  • TV Times 27 March 1982 p.35 – article
  • Vanity Fair no.471 (November 1999) pp.136-141 – illustrated article (Bond girls are forever by Bruce Feirstein)
  • Variety 6 July 1977 p.17 – review (by Pit)

Books

  • The A-Z of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films by Howard Maxford p.247 – review, credits
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.336-337
  • The Encyclopedia of Epic Films by Constantine Santas, James M. Wilson, Maria Colavito, Djoymi Baker pp.496-498
  • The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.301
  • Film Review 1978-79 by F. Maurice Speed p.161
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.369
  • The International Spy Guide 002 by Richard Rhys Davies p.880 – illustrated credits, note
  • Jules Verne on Film by Thomas C. Renzi pp.145-146
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.84
  • Roger Moore: His Films and Career by Gareth Owen and Oliver Bayan pp.256-261 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.116