I used to loathe this film but I've come around and learned to appreciate it now. This is due in large part to John Barry's score - some of the most swooning and romantic music I've ever heard in a film, and certainly one of the best soundtracks of his career. He will be missed.
Mind you, the only reason this gets three stars and not four is because it is completely preposterous even by Bond standarts. This is beyond fun, it has one of the best Bond girls and Jaws (who returns from the previous film) is a great character. Loved it.
The thing is, Moore actually gives a good and relatively serious performance. The story goes over the top to match Star Wars. Modern audiences ridicule it beyond anything, but it is still one of the most successful Bond films. It doesn't get ridiculous until we actually go into space. This film deserves watching if only for Bond getting thrown out of a plane without a parachute. At least 007 isn't in a clown outfit.
My least favorite 007 movie made during the "Star Wars" craze is an unrealistic spy movie with science fiction laser fights in outer space. Adding into this unrealistic action is Richard Kiel reprising his unkillable act as "Jaws". The great production values and strong title song is the best with this film. Michael Lonsdale play the villain but doesn't seem remotely interested and is a big snore throughout.
The only thing that's stopping this from getting a deserved 5 stars is the use of the worst stunt double in cinema history in the opening sky-diving bit and Jaws' babyface turn. Otherwise, a total bloody blast.