Willing Suspension of Disbelief

Movie reviews from someone who loves movies

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Spy Who Loved Me

Plot


James Bond infiltrates the headquarters of the bad guy and wins.

The Good


Watchability


This is a watchable movie. (+1) Many parts of it are exciting enough to not want to stop the movie in midstream. (+1) The movie, the actors, and the special effects were all done very competently (albeit a bit dated now). (+1)

Story Line


The story line makes sense once you accept the premise of a near-super secret agent. There is a mad scientist who wants the US and the USSR to go to war with each other in order to destroy human society, so, he kidnaps both countries’ nuclear submarines and points the nukes at each others’ major cities. (+1)

Acting


The actors in this are good. Roger Moore does a passable job as 007. He is less mean, and more humorous. Barbara Bach is pretty, but seems out of place as a secret agent. Curd Jurgens just walks through the set, and he can phone in his lines, and he appears to act more than anyone else. (+1) In addition, again much of the scenery is just splendid. The Bond director got a lot of the humor just right. It offsets the violence and tension. (+1)

The Bad


All of the sex in this movie is gratuitous. I know that we’ve come to expect Bond to have sex with every girl that breathes, but, there is no reason to show anything but the after affects. (-1)
There is a fair amount of violence in this movie. Anything truly gory happens offscreen, but there are many fights and chase scenes, some of which don’t move the story along. (-1)

The Ugly


4: Time Well Spent.

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