The Spy Who Loved Me 007
The Spy Who Loved Me ( Lotus Esprit ) 1976
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the screenplay was written by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum.
After the film’s release, demand for white Lotus Esprit cars surged to the point that new customers had to be placed on a three-year waiting list.
Q: Right. Now pay attention, 007. I want you to take great care of this equipment. There are one or two rather special accessories…
James Bond: Q, have I ever let you down?
[the motorcycle henchmen flies off a cliff in a cloud of feathers]
James Bond: All those feathers and he still can’t fly!
Stromberg: I’ve been expecting you.
James Bond: [after detaining Jaws with a huge magnet] How does that grab you?
[after meeting in a bar and guessing each other’s secret identities]
James Bond: The lady will have a… Bacardi on the rocks.
Major Anya Amasova: For the gentleman, vodka martini – shaken, not stirred.
James Bond: Touche.
Captain Carter: [as James is removing the warhead to a nuclear missile] James, are you sure you know what you’re doing?
James Bond: Well, there has to be a first time for everything.
The main unit began its work in August 1976 in Sardinia. Don McLaughlan, then head of public relations at Lotus Cars, heard that Eon were shopping for a new Bond car. He drove a prototype Lotus Esprit with all Lotus branding taped over, and parked it outside the Eon offices at Pinewood studios; on seeing the car Eon asked Lotus to borrow both of the prototypes for filming. Initial filming of the car chase sequence resulted in disappointing action sequences. While moving the car between shoots, Lotus employee Roger Becker impressed with his handling of the car and for the rest of filming on Sardinia, Becker became the stunt driver.
It was shot on location in Egypt and Italy, with underwater scenes filmed at the Bahamas, and a new soundstage being built at Pinewood Studios for a massive set which depicted the interior of a supertanker. The Spy Who Loved Me was well received by critics. The soundtrack, composed by Marvin Hamlisch, also met with success. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards amidst many other nominations and novelized in 1977 by Christopher Wood as James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me.
The closing credits say, ‘James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only (1981)’ but, because of the successes of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Moonraker (1979) was chosen.
Singer, Elvis Presley saw The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) on Wednesday, August 10th 1977 during a special viewing at the General Cinema in Whitehaven, Tennessee. It was the last movie he saw as he died six days later on Tuesday, August 16th, 1977 at the age of 42.
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