Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977): James Bond No. 10, Starring Roger Moore

The tenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and the third to star Roger Moore as the secret agent, The Spy Who Loved Me co-stars Barbara Bach and Curt Jürgens.

It was directed by Lewis Gilbert from a screenplay by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum.

The film’s title derives from Ian Fleming’s novel “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the tenth book in the Bond series, though it doesn’t contain any of the novel’s plot.

A reclusive megalomaniac, Karl Stromberg, plans to destroy the world and create a new civilization under the sea, motivating Bond to team up with Russian agent Anya Amasova, to stop him.

Shot on location in Egypt (Cairo and Luxor) and Italy (Costa Smeralda, Sardinia), the movie contains underwater scenes at the Bahamas (Nassau).

The Spy Who Loved Me was nominated for three Academy Awards.

It was novelizsed in 1977 by Christopher Wood as “James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me.”

Made on a budget of $14 million, the movie was hugely successful at the box-office, grossing $185.4 million globally.


Release date: July 13, 1977 (US); London premiere, July 7

Running time: 125 minutes