Actor: Roger Moore
US Release Date: 13 July 1977
US gross, $ [adjusted]:46,838,673 [124,570,939]
Worldwide gross, $ [adjusted]: 185,400,000 [493,085,106]
World Premier - 7th July 1977, Odeon Leicester Square, London
Locations: Moscow, Austria, London, Scotland, Egypt, Sardinia, Atlantic Ocean.
Source for above info: The " mother " of all James Bond books - James Bond: The Legacy.
Roger Moore was supposed to work with director Guy Hamilton,
but early in production Hamilton left and was replaced by
Lewis Gilbert, who injected crackling humor in the movie. The
movie starts with the teaser, which stands almost next to
's teaser as the best of the series. A massive underwater
craft engulfs British and Russian submarines, and global
tensions are heightened to the brink of war. Cut to our
incorrigible agent who is in the arms of a beautiful babe
(Sue Vanner) in a log cabin. Bond's log cabin babe is
actually a Soviet double agent with orders to seduce Bond
(isn't that easy). When she can no longer keep him otherwise
occupied, the girl radios her KGB allies to inform them of
Double Agent: James, I need you.
Bond: So does England.
Bond puts on a yellow ski-suit and skis off from the KGB agents. Finally he manages to leap off a very large cliff and a Union Jack parachute breaks his fall.
Stuntman Rick Sylvester skied off the Asgard Peak for the stunt. He received $30,000 for the stunt and spent 10 days in remote Northern Canada waiting for the wind to die down. The stunt was almost in vain as every camera but one lost sight of him shortly after he plunged off the ledge.
Later as the titles roll, we are shown the sight of Moore bouncing around on a trampoline. More sights of delectable Russian Babes follow with the Carly Simonís international smash, "Nobody Does It Better." Teaser over, it is time for the real movie to begin. Bond rushes to Egypt to find out the truth behind the missing submarine.
Here he meets Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach, the second wife
of Ringo Starr) of the Russian Army codenamed XXX (and aptly so,
after looking at her! Much better looking than Vin Diesel.)
Bond: The lady will have a Bacardi on the rocks.
Agent Triple X: For the gentleman, Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred!
On a vist ot the Egyptian pyramids, Bond comes face to face with probably the most recognized evil henchman of all, Jaws (Richard Kiel), a seemingly indestructible steel-toothed giant. After a brief fight with Jaws, Bond and Anya run off in a boat to Cairo with the microfilm of the secret submarine-tracking device.
Anya: It's getting cold....
Bond: Is there anything I can do to warm you up?
Anya: When necessary, share bodily warmth.
Bond: That's the part I like!
After being drugged by Anya, Bond wakes up and lands at MI6 Egyptian headquarters, where surprise, he comes face to face with General Gogol of the KGB and Anya. It seems that for the moment, the Cold War rivals have set aside their differences to fight a common evil.
Hence after tracing the microfilm to Karl Stromberg (Curt
Jurgens), a powerful shipping magnate they decide to pay a visit
to him, disguised as husband and wife. Bond and XXX, enter
Stomberg's secret submarine base (which required the construction
of the world's largest soundstage) and while Anya checks out the
base, Bond is busy checking out Stromberg's beautiful assistant,
Naomi (Caroline Munro).
Bond: What a handsome craft. Such lovely lines.
When Bond and XXX leave Stromberg's Atlantis headquarters, she tries to gun them down from a helicopter in their Lotus Esprit. The famous automobile designer Giugiaro produced the stunning Lotus Esprit as a concept car in 1972, but it wasn't until 1977 that it became a dream sports car when James Bond drove it. Bond takes the car under water and converts it into a submarine. Bond tries to enter Stromberg's Atlantis headquarters, from under the sea but is thwarted when Strombergís frogmen attack him. After making fish - food out of the Stromberg goons, Bond resurfaces to lead a final assault on Stromberg. Interestingly there is a sub-plot, that one of those KGB agents that Bond bumped off in the teaser was Anya's lover. Hence when she learns of this Anya decides to avenge her lover's death at the hands of 007.
On a US submarine, Bond and Anya intercept a Stromberg ship, which engulfs the entire submarine. Later Bond and Anya are caught and then Stromberg divulges his plan to destroy the world by nuclear warfare and to create a world under the sea.
Helped by the Submarine crew, Bond dismantles the nuclear missiles and prevents Armageddon. But to save Anya, he goes to Stromberg's Atlantis headquarters again. After dispatching off Stromberg, Bond has a fight with Jaws, who is dropped off in a shark pool. And surprise, Jaws eats up the shark and hence returns again with Roger Moore in Moonraker . But not before Bond and XXX, escape in Stromberg's escape pod and they are brought on board a British ship. Everybody sees them through the window, in bed together:
M: Bond!! What on earth do you think you're doing?
Bond: Keeping the British end up, Sir.
Nobody does it better.
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