The plot of this movie revolves around madman and undersea enthusiast Carl Stromberg (Curd Jürgens), who steals British and Russian submarines that are carrying nuclear bombs and wants to blow up the world for no good reason so that we can all live in the sea or something. It’s stupid, but, I don’t care. Though it hints at the absurdity to come in later movies, The spy who loved me is the best of the Roger Moore era.
What really makes this movie stand out for me as one of the better James Bond movies in general are the very long and very well filmed action scenes. Now, Hollywood, please take this movie as a blueprint on how to film an action scene properly because most action movies are suffering today. This movie also has a whole lot of usage of the iconic James Bond theme and it uses it very well, it never feels out of place. The gun battle as the crew of two submarines attempt to escape from an army of bad guys is A!M!A!Z!I!N!G!
This movie also features Stromberg’s indestructible henchman Jaws (played by the 218cm tall mountain of man, Richard Kiel) who survives drowning, a shark attack, falling off a cliff with a car onto a house and also having a building fall on him. I’m so glad he returned for Moonraker (1979) in which he had even more screen time. Easily the best part of that movie and the best villain of this movie.