One of the most entertaining James Bond films from the
Roger Moore era, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME is probably the biggest
budget Bond movie, with huge sets and props as well as some
blockbuster action scenes. And how can you not like a movie that co-
stars Ringo's wife, Barbara Bach, and features a non-stop disco version
of the traditional series score?
It's a globe-trotting action movie that has Bond and Mrs.
Starr, a beautiful Russian spy, teaming up to end SPECTRE's latest
threat. This time, it's a madman who kidnaps two nuclear submarines,
one Russian and one American. His plan is to destroy the civilized
world as we know it and begin an underwater society. This is
somebody who went a little too far after seeing THE LITTLE
MERMAID. I know the shell bra is a real turn-on, but give me a
The Bond formula works especially well here. Even though
the omnipresent disco score becomes annoying and the ski slope chase
scene at the beginning is blue screen technology at its worst, there are
still more than enough gadgets, explosions, chases, etc. to make up.
And as usual, Bond's three-woman quota is reached with a little help
from Mrs. Starr, who also makes the movie a standout in the series.
Most of the beautiful women from the 70's were hidden behind the
ugly bell-bottoms and poofy hair, which makes Bach's straight-haired,
smartly-dressed Agent XXX a welcome exception.
I'd have to say Ringo Starr is the luckiest bastard on earth.
First his talentless self got to be in the greatest rock and roll band ever,
then he married one of the hottest ladies of the 70's, now he gets to eat
his pizza _crust first_! We should all be so fortunate.
Copyright © 1996 Andrew Hicks