James Bond's Best and Worst: Peter Travers Ranks All 24 Movies

The Best and Worst of the franchise

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'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977)

The Spy Who Loved Me
Courtesy Everett Collection

Of the seven times the limp Roger Moore tried to fill Bond's tux, Spy was his shining two hours. His opening ski jump off a cliff is spectacular. Congrats to the stunt man. Bond battles an evil shipping magnate (Curt Jergens) who steals nuclear submarines and threatens to blow up the world. He also boffs a ravishing Russian agent (Barbara Bach, wife of Ringo Starr). Gadgets abound, especially a Lotus sports car that transforms into a submarine. But the scene-stealer is 7'2" Richard Kiel as Jaws, a shark-eating man with steel teeth. Carly Simon made a hit of the title tune, singing "nobody does it better." Did she never see Connery play the role for keeps?

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