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The Spy Who Loved Me Review

Changing tact, the James Bond series preserved James Bond not just as a womanising secret agent with foul intentions and a penchant for getting the job done, but also as a clumsy scamp who is one eye-roll away from parody. Roger Moore was the reason for that, and some of his features are better for it. They feel awkward and janky, but The Spy Who Loved Me at least straddles the shark-jumping opportunities as well as it can. Live and Let Die did too. All the natural elements of the Bond feature are here, from the Russian villains to the suave and steady one-liners. But it is their implementation here that strikes up some surprisingly confident turns from Moore.

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Alfie Review

It is no surprise that Michael Caine stars as the biting, brooding, titular womaniser. His immediate piece of speech to the camera crashes through the fourth wall. Alfie invites his audience inside of his life. His thought process is on display for everyone watching to make their own assumptions about. An unreliable narrator is the oldest trick in the book, but director Lewis Gilbert uses the condescending womaniser to his advantage, turning Caine into a self-centred, coy character. He is assured in his abilities, confident that he can swoon any woman he crosses paths with, and even makes mental notes of what will make them tick. “Make a married woman laugh, and you’re halfway there”, he says as he tries to shoo off another of his victories.   

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