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10. 'The Spy Who Loved Me'
Film No.: 10
Bond: Roger Moore
Why: The Moore era was mostly silly ("The Man With the Golden Gun," "A View to a Kill") and occasionally deadly serious ("For Your Eyes Only"). "The Spy Who Loved Me" is the one film of his tenure that perfectly balanced both aspects of the character. It has one of the most iconic stunts of the series (Bond skis off a cliff and floats to earth under a Union Jack parachute), one of the coolest gadgets ever (a white Lotus sports car that can turn into a submarine at a moment's notice), a classic theme song (Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better"), a sexy Bond Girl who has an interesting character arc of her own (Barbara Bach's Agent Triple X wants to kill Bond to avenge the death of her lover), and in Richard Kiel's indestructible Jaws, the best henchman since Oddjob. It's not deep, and the structure is a blatant rip-off of "You Only Live Twice," but it's a lot of fun. Many of the Moore 007 films qualify as guilty pleasures; with "The Spy Who Loved Me," there was nothing to feel guilty about enjoying.
- Alan Sepinwall