The Spy Who Loved Me

(GB, 1977, 125 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
CAST Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jurgens, Richard Kiel, Caroline Munro, Walter Gotell


Matinee show Aug 25 (only) All Ages Show, under-19s welcome.
Evening show Aug 29 introduced by film scholar Michael van den Bos.

The Bond producers like to set the bar high with their thrilling pre-credit sequences – too high, sometimes. Roger Moore’s best Bond movie also features the best opening salvo of them all, a brilliantly edited ski chase through the Alps topped off with breathtaking plunge off a 5000’ cliff. If you’ve seen Alan Partridge’s re-enactment you’ll know how great the original is.

Roger Moore’s pick of his own Bond movies is a slick, spectacular, always fun concoction. When villain Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens) hijacks British and Soviet submarines, Bond is paired with Russian agent Anya Amasova (Barbarach Bach) to get to the bottom of his evil plan. It’s not an ideal match: Bond had earlier killed her lover, and she means to get her revenge.

Carly Simon had a hit with the theme song, "Nobody Does It Better", and on this occasion you might well agree.

Evening screening introduced by Michael van den Bos

Michael van den Bos teaches film theory at the Vancouver Film School and animation history at Capilano University in North Vancouver. For five years, Michael taught motion picture history at the Pacific Audio Visual Institute, including a course in the history of 20th Century pop music. Through the 1980s, ‘90s and early 2000s, Michael worked in the Vancouver animation industry as a producer of animated films and TV programming. Michael is a popular live speaker and commentator about classic movies, appearing frequently at a variety of special film events and festivals. Michael is a recurring host of Cinema Sunday at Vancouver’s home of essential cinema, The Cinematheque, where he introduces classic family films. For seven years, Michael wrote a column about classic films for Vancouver View magazine and he currently writes film reviews for his website, Movie Mad:

"Exceptional… Moore gives his best performance in the series… Film is a real treat - a well-acted, smartly cast, sexy, visually impressive, lavishly produced, powerfully directed mix of a spy romance and a war-mission film." Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic.