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A British nuclear submarine experiences a serious disruption of power.

The captain
looks through the periscope and sees something foreboding, however we do not see
what he does. In Moscow, General Gogol hears that a Soviet nuclear sub has also
vanished without trace. He promises to assign his best agent, Major Anya Amasova,
codename XXX, to investigate.
In Austria, James Bond is enjoying a romantic encounter in a remote cabin in the
Alps when he's called back to duty by M. He dons his ski gear and leaves, his lover
says she needs him to which James replies, "So does England!" As James skis away
from the cabin, he's pursued by a group of four Russian agents. James is able to
evade his attackers and, using a ski pole that doubles as a type of rocket gun,
kills one of them, a man whom is the group leader (and who happens to be XXX's
lover). Bond approaches a sheer cliff and skis over it, free falling several
thousand feet until he opens a parachute decorated with the British Union Jack,
escaping his attackers.

Anya Amasova reports to Gogol in Moscow where she's given her new assignment - the
search for the missing submarines. Gogol also informs her that her lover was killed
in an operation. Amasova is visibly shaken but says she'll dedicate herself to the
mission at hand.

Meanwhile, Bond meets with M at a British naval yard where the mission path for the
lost submarine is studied: Bond shows M, Fredrick Gray the Minister of Defense,
Admiral Hargreaves and others a transparency that shows the route had somehow been
stolen. M orders Bond to Cairo on his first lead.

In the Mediterranean Sea, two scientists who have developed a sophisticated


submarine tracking device, meet with Karl Stromberg, a rich and powerful
businessman who lives in a specially designed city, Atlantis, that can submerge
beneath the ocean surface. He thanks the two scientists for their invention, but
before he allows them to leave, he deals with his secretary, who has stolen
information from him; she enters his elevator and Stromberg opens the floor
dropping her into a large pool where a tiger shark eats her alive. As the two men
leave by helicopter, Stromberg activates a bomb that destroys it and kills them. He
killed the scientists as a loose end to prevent them from ever talking about their
work with him... as well as to avoid having to pay them. Stromberg then meets with
two hired assassins, the fat Hungarian agent Sandor and the seven-foot tall, silent
Jaws, so named because he has steel teeth. Stromberg instructs them to go to Egypt
and find the stolen submarine tracking system blueprints and to kill anyone who
comes into contact with the plans.

Bond arrives in Egypt, meeting with a old contact who tells him to find a man named
Fekkesh, a local businessman whom is seeking to buy the submarine tracking system.
Bond goes to the man's house where a woman tells him Fekkesh isn't home and refuses
to reveal his location. As Bond kisses her, Sandor tries to shoot him. Bond uses
the woman to take the bullet and chases after Sandor, fighting with him and
dangling him over the edge of the house's roof. He forces the assassin to reveal
Fekkesh's location and then lets him fall off the building, killing him.

Bond goes to Giza to meet Fekkesh at the pyramids where he sees XXX has already
found the man. While the pyramid light show goes on, Fekkesh notices Jaws standing
to the side. He quickly leaves to escape, Jaws in pursuit, Bond following closely.
Jaws corners the man and kills him with a bite to his neck. Jaws also escapes from
Bond.

In order to continue the investigation, Bond must meet with a man named Max Kalba
at his nightclub in Cairo. Anya Amasova also meets him there and the two meet with
Kalba to obtain a valuable microfilm containing designs for the submarine tracking
system that may have been used to abduct the missing subs. Kalba prepares to
negotiate a price with the two government's agents when he's called away to the
phone. Jaws (disguised as a maintenance man) kills him in the phone booth after
obtaining the microfilm. Bond and Amasova stow away in Jaws' van and he drives out
to a site of ruins in the desert... aware that they are in the back of his van.

In the morning, the two agents chase Jaws through a series of Egyptian ruins,
finally cornering him and obtaining the microfilm. Bond and Amasova escape in Jaws'
vehicle and make it to a boat on the Nile. Bond examines the microfilm on board
without Amasova's knowing and the two settle down for the journey. Suddenly,
Amasova renders Bond unconscious and takes the microfilm.

Bond recovers the next day and reports to another site of ruins where he finds
Amasova, Gogol and M waiting. With the assistance of Q, they examine the microfilm,
which is worthless, a conclusion that Bond came to when examining it on the boat.
However, they do find evidence of a symbol hidden in it that identifies Karl
Stromberg. Their superiors order Bond and Amasova to investigate on the island of
Sardinia, where Stromberg lives. The two travel there by train (in a scene that
recalls the train ride in From Russia With Love). They are attacked by Jaws,
however, Bond is able to fight him off and expel him from the train.

Upon arriving in Sardinia, Bond and Anya Amasova meet Q who has brought Bond's car,
a Lotus Esprit S1. The two meet with Stromberg's secretary and assistant, Naomi,
who takes them out to Atlantis. Bond poses as a marine biologist and meets with
Stromberg, who tells the undercover Bond of his love of the sea and how an
underwater city (like the model he has in his private chamber) may be the only hope
for the future of humanity. As they leave, Naomi is telling Anya about Stromberg's
largest ship, a one-million ton supertanker named the Liparus. After seeing a small
model of the tanker, Bond privately remarks that the design of her bow is unusual.
After Bond and Anya leave Atlantis, Jaws comes out of a hidden room and confirms to
Stromberg that Bond and Amasova are the spies that he encountered in Egypt.
Stromberg instructs Jaws to wait until the Bond and Amasova get ashore and to kill
them both.

As they speed away in Bond's Lotus, they are attacked by Stromberg's men, first by
a motorbike assassin who attempts to destroy the car with a warhead sidecar. Next,
Jaws and a carload of assassins attempt to shoot at Bond who is able to throw off
their pursuit using the car's defenses. They are also attacked by Naomi in a
helicopter, firing on them in a strafing run. As the chase continues, Bond drives
off the end of a pier and converts his car to a small submarine. He uses a small
missile to destroy Naomi's helicopter, killing her.

In the submerged car/submarine, Bond and Amasova proceed to Atlantis, now


submerged. Unable to find anything conclusive from outside, they prepare to leave
and are attacked by several frogmen and mini-subs. Bond destroys them all with the
Lotus' defenses, however, they are forced to surface on a beach when the Lotus is
damaged by an underwater mine.

Back at their hotel, the two plan their next moves. Bond sends a message to M in
London, inquiring about the supertanker Liparus. A short while later, a telex reply
comes back explaining that in the past nine months when the Liparus was launched,
there is no record of the ship being in port anywhere in the world. Bond and Anya
suspect that something is up and decide to find the tanker to get a closer look at
it. When Bond lights one of Anya's cigarettes, she notices that the lighter he uses
is from the city near where her lover was killed. She confronts Bond on the issue,
to which Bond replies that he acted in self-defense when he killed the man. Anya
vows revenge as soon as their current mission is over.

The two spies next find themselves on an American submarine monitoring the Liparus.
While surveying it, the sub is rendered inoperable and is swallowed by the Liparus;
the bow of the Liparus opens, revealing a large submarine dock inside... with the
captured British and Russian subs. The crew are forced out of the sub and taken
prisoner by the heavily armed crewmen. Bond and Anya are identified almost
immediately and are also taken prisoner. On the bridge of the Liparus, Stromberg
explains his plans to use the nuclear missiles aboard both the captured British and
Russian subs to ignite a nuclear war between the superpowers. The resulting nuclear
holocaust will destroy the surface world, leaving Stromberg the opportunity to rule
an underwater kingdom.

Stromberg departs for Atlantis with Anya as his personal captive, leaving his crew
to begin the assault as crews board the British and Russian subs and depart to
their launching stations in the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, the Liparus Captain
orders Bond to be put with the rest of the prisoners. Bond escapes before he can be
imprisoned and frees the British, Russian and American sailors. The combined sub
crews lead an all-out assault on the Liparus' crew, taking the dock areas and most
of the ship despite taking heavy casualties, including the British sub captain.
Unable to break into the heavily fortified bridge control room, Bond uses a nuclear
warhead detonator to blow a hole in the armored wall of the control room, and the
crews kill the rest of the Liparus crew, including the captain.

With the two Stromberg-controlled submarines on their launch stations in the


Atlantic, Bond has the American sub captain use the tracking system computer on the
Liparus to transfer the coordinates of each submarine to the other as their
targets. The ruse works, causing the two submarines to destroy each other. On fire
from the battle, the Liparus begins to blow up from the fires on the ship. Bond,
the American sub captain, and the remainder of the American, British, and Russian
crews board the American sub and escape from Liparus before it explodes and sinks.

They set course for Atlantis, which has been ordered to be destroyed. Bond argues
with the American captain that Anya is still on Atlantis and must be rescued first.
He is given a wetbike (an early Jet-Ski) and arrives at Atlantis ahead of the sub.
Bond takes the elevator to Stromberg's level, avoiding the trap door in the
elevator floor. Bond finds Stromberg in his massive dining room. Stromberg attempts
to kill Bond with a harpoon gun located under the dining table but misses. Bond
then shoots Stromberg twice in the groin and twice in the chest, killing him.

Still searching for Anya, he encounters Jaws and outwits him, using an
electromagnetic crane to seize his metal teeth and drop him into the shark tank.
The shark is no match for its namesake; Jaws quickly bites and kills it.

Bond finds Anya tied up in a torture room, just as the American submarine begins
its attack, torpedoing Atlantis. The city begins to sink into the ocean, slowly
filling with water. Bond and Anya escape from Atlantis in a pod that surfaces.
(Jaws himself is also seen escaping the stricken Atlantis and swims off.) In the
pod, as Bond relaxes, Anya takes his gun, seemingly intent on killing him. But she
changes her mind and shoots off a cork on a champagne bottle, having forgiven Bond
in which she professes her love for him and they kiss.

A little later, the escape pod is found by a British vessel which captures it. M,
Minister of Defense Gray and General Gogol find the two semi-nude agents in the
midst of a romantic encounter inside.

The film is best known for the Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine/car and the
introduction of Jaws, a giant and seemingly indestructible assassin with steel
teeth. Jaws, played by Richard Kiel, is the only henchman of the James Bond
villains privileged to appear in more than one film. He later appeared in
Moonraker. Previously, Kiel played a similar character in the action comedy Silver
Streak starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.