The Spy Who Loved Me

Trivia: This applies to Moonraker too - Jaws' "teeth" were so painful that actor Richard Kiel could only keep them in for a few seconds at a time, which is why you don't get too many long shots with them visible. He only wore them when he needed to open his mouth.

Trivia: Due to his failing eyesight, cinematographer Claude Renoir was unable to see to the end of the supertanker set, forcing Production Designer Ken Adam to ask friend Stanley Kubrick to supervise lighting for the set. Kubrick agreed on the condition of complete secrecy of his involvement.

Trivia: During filming, the Lotus Esprit submarine car was nicknamed "Wet Nellie" by the crew, a reference to "Little Nellie", Bond's gyrocopter in "You Only Live Twice".

Trivia: Roger Moore was injured shooting the scene where "Stromberg" meets his end when explosives on his chair exploded prematurely.

Trivia: Jaws was originally going to die at the end of the film. The producers sensed, however, that Jaws would be popular and filmed an alternate ending where he survived. The alternative one was used in the film.

Trivia: The idea for Stromberg's underwater headquarters, "Atlantis," came from a Japanese floating exhibit named "Aquapolis" used in Expo '75.

Trivia: After the release of "The Spy Who Loved Me", demand for white Lotus Esprits reached such a point that prospective customers were put on a three-year waiting list by Lotus Cars.

Trivia: In the film, Bond shoots "Stromberg" in his private parts. Sources state that Bond's dialogue at this point was originally to have been "Ballseye, Fishfinger," but censorship issues would see this altered.

Trivia: The villain in "The Spy Who Loved Me" was supposed to be "Blofeld", but legal wrangles with Kevin McClory forced screenwriter Christopher Wood to remove any reference to the character or S.P.E.C.T.R.E. at the last moment.

Trivia: Shane Rimmer has appeared in "You Only Live Twice" and "Diamonds are Forever," playing different characters in each film.

Trivia: In the audience at the Pyramid Theatre, you can see Michael G. Wilson, stepson of Albert R. Broccoli. He is sitting in the row behind Fekkesh and XXX at the Pyramid Show. Wilson also plays a guard on the Liparus Tanker.

Trivia: When James Bond drives the Lotus Esprit up onto the beach, we can see a child pointing to the car in the water. This child is played by Richard George Kiel, son of Richard Kiel, who played Jaws.

Trivia: The hull number given the submarine in the movie, 593, was the hull number of the U.S.S. Thresher, a nuclear attack (not missile) submarine that sank at sea on 10 April 1963, with the loss of all 129 on board.


Trivia: The submarine base used when Bond arrives by helicopter was a real one in Scotland, Holy Loch - the one and only time it has been used for filming.

Trivia: The driver doing the driving stunts in the Lotus actually worked for Lotus - he was only supposed to deliver the car to set, but the stunt driver could not get the car to handle the way they wanted, so they asked him after he sped up the road and did a couple of hand brake turns on arrival.

Trivia: When Naomi first encounters Bond and Anya, you will notice that Naomi has a stern look on her face throughout the scene. This is because Caroline Munro was still feeling the pain of a bee sting on her behind which she suffered when getting into her speedboat.

Trivia: Ian Fleming was never happy with his novel, "The Spy Who Loved Me." In the book, Bond doesn't even appear until late into the story and much of the action takes place in a motel room. So when Fleming sold the film rights to the 007 books to Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, it was with specification that The Spy Who Loved Me was to be reinvented for the big screen and only the title could be used.

Trivia: The device Bond uses in the final part of the film to reach Atlantis is known as a Wetbike. This device would not be introduced for public use until 1978, one year after The Spy Who Loved Me was cinematically released.


Revealing mistake: The shot of the two nuclear missiles being launched is used twice, just reversed. They seem to have changed the saturation slightly in one of them to make it look different, but there are identical clouds at the top left/top right in both shots, ruining the trick.

Jon Sandys

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James Bond: Which bullet has my name on it? The first or the last?
Major Anya Amasova: I have never failed on a mission, Commander. Any mission.
James Bond: In that case, Major, one of us is bound to end up gravely disappointed, because neither have I.

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Question: Has there ever been a backstory written for Jaws? I would love to know where he came from, and how he came to be, so I was wondering if there has ever been one written, and where I can find it.

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Yes, there was a backstory for the character of Jaws in Christopher Wood's novelisation of the film "James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me", not to be confused with the Ian Fleming novel.


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