The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
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The most aristocratic of all the Bonds, Roger Moore, frolics around as 007 for the fourth time in this over-proportioned and ultimately silly but still entertaining film. The special effects are occasionally stunning and the set-pieces often great fun (such as the river chase), as the Broccolis tried to capitalize on the budding space films of the late 1970s. The hoax itself is clever enough, and the megalomaniac villainry is of classic Bond proportions, but the ending lets the film down when action takes priority over logic and character. Moore and Chiles, however, are having a good time, and the former looks good in his fourth film, contributing an elegance and superiority which lifts Bond out of reach for villains and realism alike. There is no real suspense with Moore's Bond, only fashionable entertainment. This film, which was the most expensive in the franchise until then, was also the highest grossing.