Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom, 1977. Eon Productions. Screenplay by Christopher Wood, Richard Maibaum, based on the novel by Ian Fleming. Cinematography by Claude Renoir. Produced by Albert R. Broccoli. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Production Design by Ken Adam. Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows. Film Editing by John Glen. Academy Awards 1977. Golden Globe Awards 1977.
Long considered to be the best of the Roger Moore Bond films, and I am fully inclined to agree. Agent 007 is recruited by his headquarters to find out more about the disappearance of a British submarine and the nuclear warheads housed within it. When the Russians also report a stolen craft, Bond and Russia’s top agent, a gorgeous superspy named Triple X (go figure), are made to work together to solve the riddle and find out who is behind the operation. Despite the obvious sex jokes, Barbara Bach‘s Triple X is one of the most interesting women of substance that Bond would ever come across (in fact, the highly touted character that Halle Berry played in the more recent Die Another Day was nothing compared to this lady). The photography is gorgeous, and Marvin Hamlisch’s score sounds rich and beautiful, particularly when Carly Simon sings one of Bondam’s best theme songs, ‘Nobody Does It Better’. Of course, we must also never forget about the nifty Lotus esprit that works as both car and submarine or the introduction of everyone’s favourite metal mouth, Jaws (Richard Kiel).