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20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

The Spy Who Loved Me is keeping all James Bond’s secrets safe tonight – unless you unpick them!

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By the mid-1970s, the Bond franchise needed a soft reboot to remain relevant. In his first film as sole producer of the series, Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli hired Lewis Gilbert, who had previously directed You Only Live Twice (1967), to bring Double-0 Seven back to rights.

When Royal Navy submarine, HMS Ranger and Soviet submarine, Potemkin mysteriously vanish, M (Bernard Lee) assigns James Bond (Sir Roger Moore) to discover what happened. Following a lead to Cairo, Egypt, Double-0 Seven encounters KGB Agent Triple X, Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), who has been assigned a similar task by General Alexis Gogol (Walter Gotell).

Coming under attack from a steel-toothed assassin named Jaws (Richard Kiel), Bond and Anya gradually learn to trust each other. Following a lead to Sardinia, Italy and reclusive shipping magnate, Karl Stromberg (Curd Jürgens, often miscredited as Curt Jurgens) - one of the richest men in the world - Double-0 Seven and Agent Triple X suddenly become embroiled in a very personal feud. Although James Bond may yet save the world, he might not survive the threat posed by the spy who loved him.

Still heralded as one of the best Bond films ever made, The Spy Who Loved Me will easily convince you to drop in for a quick bite!

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