Plot – James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed
Ah, Sir Rog’s finest moment as James Bond, 007 with his Licence To Kill (…..”and has done so on numerous occasions”). In my opinion anyway, I believe this to be Roger Moore’s best Bond movie of all he did.
Moore is always excellent as Bond but, in this, I believe he excels himself. Sure, he gives us his little innuendos (it wouldn’t be the same without it) but we also get more emotional scenes, an excellent scene showing a very ruthless streak (see his finishing off of Sandor) and a sense that Rog is enjoying himself in this movie.
And why shouldn’t he enjoy himself, opposite the lovely Barbara Bach. Fair enough, she may be a little wooden in her performance but it doesn’t detract anything from the movie. She’s worthy competition for 007.
Speaking of worthy competition, Bond has plenty in this movie. First up we have main villain web handed Karl Stromberg played by the brilliant Curt Jurgens. Jurgens is excellent bring a very tough and sinister villain to the piece.
However, Stromberg, while a memorable villain, is not the more well-known from The Spy Who Loved Me. That honour goes to Richard Kiel, who plays Jaws, an over 7 foot Metal Mouthed Mountain. Kiel was just an excellent fit for the role and became one of the most memorable characters in the Bond series barring 007 himself.
All the usual suspects are back including Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewellyn and Lois Maxwell as M, Q and Moneypenny respectively. Thrown in the luscious Caroline Munro as Naomi and Walter Gotell as General Gogol, among others, and you have a very fine cast.
It’s a great story, great action, great acting, the wonderful Lotus Esprit and, to top it off, that awesome parachute jump. Fantastic.
All in all a great Bond movie and Roger Moore’s best (in my own opinion).
As always, thank you for reading……………