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Well, well... a British agent in love with a Russian agent. Détente, indeed.
A pair of nuclear missile submarines go missing. Independently, our British secret agent and a Soviet agent are assigned to find them. Thing is, the former just shot the latter's boyfriend dead.
This is the tenth James Bond film and is regarded by many as Moore's best and quite possibly one of the best in the series, as well as Moore's personal favourite of his own batch. Ian Fleming had written the novel much differently than the other Bond books, but was so embarassed by the results that he only sold the rights to the title, refusing to license the plot with it.
- The Teaser. At the end of the sequence, Bond skis off a cliff. He falls for several heart-stopping seconds, then a parachute opens. In the colours of the Union Jack. As the Bond theme kicks in. There are several reported cases of audiences breaking into applause at this moment. This stunt was done for real and you can see one of the skis hit the stuntman's chute, which could have been pretty nasty.
- The Lotus Esprit. Driving off a pier into the sea. Where it turns into a submarine.
- The 007 Stage, built for the massive battle scene in a supertanker. It has been made available for filming other movies and remains the largest sound stage in the world.
- Jaws. the 7'4" henchmen with the metal teeth who so unstoppable that he is only Dragon to survive fighting Bond and maybe the one who came closest to scaring him. That is partially due to the fact that Bond knows that no matter how hard he hits the giant, he WILL survive it and come back to challenge him again.
It also features the first appearance of a Wetbike- the actual prototype- in a work of fiction, before it came out.
This movie contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Anya Amasova.
- Actor Allusion: Curd Jürgens, who plays Stromberg, starred as the U-Boot captain in The Enemy Below, one of the most famous movies involving submarine warfare.
- Almost-Dead Guy: Just before dying, the captain of the Liparus tells Bond that the submarines are on station and the missiles will be launched in four minutes.
- Apocalypse How: Class 2 (Civilization Extinction). Stromberg's plan to start a global thermonuclear war.
- Artistic License Ships: The Soviet submarine is missing its fairwater planes.
- Asshole Victim: Max Kalba.
- Auction of Evil: Kalba holds one between the U.S. and U.S.S.R., over the submarine tracking system plans.
- Big Bad: Karl Stromberg.
- The Brute: Jaws. Also The Dragon.
- Collapsing Lair: When Stromberg's lair Atlantis is torpedoed. The Liparus also doubles as a secondary example.
- Come Back to Bed, Honey:
Girl: What happened? Where are you going?
- Continuity Nod: Reciting a list of Bond's biographical info to him at a bar Anya mentions: "Married only once. Wife killed-" Bond cuts her off, the events of On Her Majesty's Secret Service still a painful subject for him.
- Cool Boat: Stromberg's Liparus. It eats submarines.
- Cool Car: Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car
- Cool Sidecar: The bad guys chase James Bond with sidecar that becomes a detachable missile steered by a joystick on the motorbike.
- Cool Versus Awesome: Jaws versus a shark. Jaws wins.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Karl Stromberg.
- Disney Villain Death: Sandor
- Distaff Counterpart: Anya Amasova to Bond. The scene where she is called on a mission while in bed with someone is in particular very reminiscent of Bond on numerous occasions (though unlike Bond most of the time, she clearly did love her bedmate at the time).
- Dirty Old Man: Stromberg to Anya, while she's strapped to a couch.
- Double Entendre: One of the tastiest in Bond history:
M: Moneypenny, where's 007?
- An even better one at the end, and arguably one of the best Bond endings.
- The Dragon: Jaws.
- Driving Stick: Anya falls foul to this when trying to escape Jaws with 007.
[Anya failing to drive stick, causing the gears to grind noisily]
- Barbara Bach, Anya's actress, couldn't actually drive stick: Moore's response was unscripted!
- Dull Surprise: Anya makes one face and uses one voice for the entire movie.
- Enhance Button: Back before it was cool.
- Exiled From Continuity: SPECTRE couldn't be used because of legal difficulties.
- Fan Service: Major Anya Amasova in the shower on the U.S. submarine.
- Ms. Fanservice: Naomi, Stromberg's gorgeous helicopter pilot / assassin.
- Giant Mook: Jaws
- Go-Go Enslavement: Where did Stromberg find that outfit for Anya?
- Probably in Naomi's wardrobe.
- Good Looking Privates: Major Anya Amasova is in uniform in her first (clothed) appearance. Also, Bond cuts a rather dashing figure in a Royal Navy uniform.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Jaws killing Kalba.
- Groin Attack: Bond to Jaws in the shark pool room.
- Bond to Stromberg...with two bullets from his Walther.
- High Altitude Interrogation: Bond does this to a mook and then lets the him plummet to his death when he hears everything he needs.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty
- Implacable Man: Jaws proves himself to be Bond's most resilient foe.
- Ineffectual Death Threats: Indeed, Major Amasova never does kill Bond for killing her lover.
- By then, Bond had saved her life even when he had no other reason to.
- Instant Sedation: The sleep dust cigarette Anya uses on Bond.
- Intimate Healing - Nude Body Warmth Sharing: Anya suggests this to Bond to keep warm while they're on the boat to Cairo. It doesn't happen.
- Played straight at the end, when they both need to get out of their cold wet clothes.
- It's Raining Men: After Bond skis off a cliff.
- Just Hit Him: Jaws and Bond.
- Last Request: Bond asks Anya if he can make one before she kills him. Of course, that was before a popping champagne cork broke the tension. It was unlikely from that point she was going to actually kill him.
- Lzherusskie: Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova.
- Incidentally, this movie almost single-handedly changed Americans' views of Russian women. Before it came out, all Russian women were assumed by Americans to be outright Gonks, to the point that American comedians (and especially the hugely influential Johnny Carson) could count on getting cheap and easy laughs by poking fun at the purported hideousness of Russian women. Carson admitted during a visit by Roger Moore that the movie had ruined "half his jokes".
- Made of Iron: Always true of Bond, but Jaws as well.
- Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Disappearing submarines -> plot to start a nuclear war.
- Mnogo Nukes Missile Submarines: The Soviet sub, a "Delta I".
- New Era Speech: Stromberg gives one to Bond.
- Nipple-and-Dimed: Averted.
- No More for Me: A bystander when Bond drives the Lotus Esprit out of the ocean onto the beach.
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Actually subverted for once. Stromberg has a weapon hidden in his table that he intended to use to kill Bond. It backfires.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Stromberg is by far the least physical of Bond villains, relying on push-button deathtraps and legions of Mooks to do his bidding.
- A Nuclear Error: The "Impulse Conductor Circuit", which can detonate a nuclear warhead while it's being disassembled.
- The One Thing I Don't Hate About You:
Bond: "Mmm, maybe I misjudged Stromberg. Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad."
- Operation Game of Doom: Removing the detonator from the warhead.
- Oh Crap: Fekkesh has one when he sees Jaws at the Egyptian light show. Bond has an even bigger one when he sees Jaws chomp through a lock.
- Playing Both Sides: Stromberg.
- Pretty in Mink: A lady wears a white mink coat in the beginning. She's possibly Naked in Mink in it as well.
- Recycled in Space: Inverted. Lewis Gilbert directed both You Only Live Twice and this movie, so while the previous movie dealt with a spaceship-eating spaceship, TSWLM deals with a submarine-eating ship.
- Red Right Hand: Stromberg has webbed fingers.
- Red Shirt: A young Royal Navy officer volunteers to lead the charge, something you'd expect Bond to do. It's no surprise when he and his men get killed.
- Reds with Rockets: The Soviet Navy sub and Major Anya Amasova.
- Revenge Myopia: In the opening scene, Bond kills Anya's lover, who is trying to kill him at the time. When she finds out about it she vows to kill Bond.
- Shark Pool: Stromberg has one, which he uses to kill a traitorous henchwoman. Jaws and Bond later battle over it, with Jaws getting thrown in. The poor shark never had a chance...
- Short-Lived Aerial Escape: The underwater Lotus to Naomi's chopper.
- Shower Scene: "What's wrong, sailor. Haven't you seen a Major taking a shower before?"
- Sic Em: "Let them get to shore... and then kill them."
- Slap Slap Kiss: Surprisingly, Bond and Anya only start liking each other after lots of arguments and fighting side-by-side multiple times.
- And almost threw it away when Anya found out Bond killed her previous lover.
- Sleep Cute: Played with. When Anya wakes up, she jerks away from Bond in anger.
- Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: This was the first Bond flick to reach Level 4 (a capable leading lady, albeit one who still needs occasional rescuing), which has held ever since. The older ones are Level 3 at best.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Stromberg feeding his assistant to the sharks while Bach's Air on the G-String plays.
- Sole Survivor: Jaws is the only villain to survive.
- Stab the Scorpion: Anya and the champagne bottle.
- Storming the Castle: Bond breaks into Stromberg's headquarters, Atlantis.
- Sub Story: U.S., Soviet, and British.
- Surprise Vehicle: Stromberg's attack helicopter.
- Swiss Bank Account: After the two scientists complete the submarine tracking system, Stromberg transfers $10 million into their Swiss bank accounts.
- Then cancels it when he kills them instead. He may have faked the transfer knowing he was going to kill them.
- Title Drop: The theme song is called "Nobody Does It Better", but still has it ("Like heaven above me, the spy who loved me...")
- Transforming Mecha: Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car
- Translation Convention: Russian characters (General Gogol, Major Amasova, her lover).
- Trap Door: Stromberg uses one in his elevator to drop his treacherous secretary into the Shark Pool.
- Ultimate Defence of the Realm: The British Resolution-class nuclear missile sub HMS Ranger.
- Undercover As Lovers: James and Anya pose as man and wife while visiting Stromberg.
- Utopia Justifies the Means
- War for Fun and Profit: Stromberg tries to start a nuclear war between the U.S. and USSR.
- Not for profit, as he sneers at Bond for asking how much he wants to not instigate war.
- Weaponized Car: Bond's Lotus Esprit.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Major Amasova's lover was one of the mooks killed in the teaser.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Dr. Bechmann and Professor Markovitz, after completing the submarine tracking system for Stromberg.
- You Killed My Boyfriend: Major Amasova vows to kill Bond at the end of the mission when she finds out he killed her lover. Unless you mean in the Shakespearean sense, she doesn't.