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Friday, September 2, 2011

The Spy Who Loved Me


Not only Roger Moore's finest James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me stands as one the very best of the entire franchise. Every aspect of what ideally comprises a James Bond film - action, adventure, sex, spectacle - achieves a near-perfect balance:  A villain with a seemingly impregnable headquarters bent on world domination; an apparently invincible henchman, Jaws, played by Richard Kiel; a  gorgeous Bond girl in Barbara Bach as the Russian equivalent to 007, Agent XXX. Stunningly exotic locations include Egypt and Sardinia. A Lotus Espirit that transforms into a submarine ranks second only to Sean Connery's Aston Martin DB5 as the coolest Bond vehicle. Third time is the charm for Moore himself, as by this point he has found his way completely as James Bond; suave and charming one moment, ruthlessly executing villains the next. Nobody Does It Better.