The Spy Who Loved Me

By | July 6, 2021

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Bond in an exotic location and with an exotic lady, a tried and true formula. (moviefone)

The James Bond movies function similar to the Presidency. The faces may change but the institution remains the same. For James Bond, “The Spy Who Loved Me” represented a return to prominence. After “The Man with the Golden Gun” received terrible reviews from critics, many worried that Bond, James Bond could drift into obscurity or lose the mega budgets that helped fuel the film’s success. Thankfully, producer Albert R. Broccoli and Roger Moore doubled down and gave the public one of the best Bond films ever! “The Spy Who Loved Me” featured one of the seminal Bond cars, the Lotus Esprit S1, one of the best henchmen, Jaws, and a villain who owned a shark tank in an underwater palace called Atlantis. What more could you want?

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One of the most daring early Bond stunts. (thebondbulletin)

Going All In

Rather than tone down the series after the disaster that was “The Man with the Golden Gun,” Broccoli went for broke. “The Spy Who Loved Me” rolled out one of the largest budgets for a Bond movie at the time, a hefty $13.5 million. While that doesn’t seem like a lot now, for 1977 that was a bold choice. A lot of that money went into Bond’s car, the elaborate sound stages, and many of the unforgettable stunts.

In fact, to grab the audience’s attention, the opening stunt for “The Spy Who Loved Me” spotlighted Hollywood stuntman Rick Sylvester ski jumping off the summit of Canada's Mt. Asgard. Producers hired him after seeing his illegal jump from 3,000 feet off El Capitan at Yosemite. They paid him $30,000 for a single take that the crew nearly failed to catch on camera.