The James Bond novel ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ was about Bond preventing the owners of a small hotel from burning it down to collect the insurance money. In this process he also seduces a member of the hotel staff, hence the title. Due to the unfavourable reactions by critics and fans, the author Ian Fleming was not happy with the book.
However, he gave permission for the title to be used when he sold the film rights on the condition that no aspect of the plot must be incorporated in the movie. Hence the Bond movie ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ has a totally different plot. This movie shares only the name and a villain with metal teeth with the novel. Thus, the character of “Jaws” is based on the character of villain with metal teeth.
In 1977 the title was used for the tenth film in the Eon Productions series. It was the third movie for Roger Moore as the James Bond.