Just a foreword here that since I think few people will have seen this film at the time I’m publishing the review, I’ve tried to keep it spoiler-lite. I talk about one specific set-piece that occurs early in the film, but every other piece of commentary reveals nothing more than was in the trailers, or is the kind of high-level summary necessary for any review to be useful.
This is the third spy spoof film within a quite short time-frame, following Spy  and Central Intelligence , each of which I’ve seen a couple of times now. These two films worked really well for me so I laughed all the way through both, and they also more-or-less work as straightforward spy-thriller narratives. This is one of the things I always say: a satire must be structurally closely related to its original material. The Spy Who Dumped Me invokes the famous James Bond novel The Spy Who Loved Me , which is written from the point of view of the usually-disposable girlfriend that Bond acquires in each adventure. The novel is a very peculiar mix of objectifying and empowering, with a protagonist who struggles against forces she doesn’t understand but is rescued by Bond in the nick of time. It’s been 25 years since I read it, so I won’t dwell on that too much but the central concept to keep in the front of your mind is that Bond’s fleeting love rescues her, and yet is revealed as being extremely dangerous because it is an aspect of a subterranean world of crime and sexual violence. For all that Bond is sexy, being in his world is absolutely not to be desired. To that extent, Fleming’s novel is an unfulfilled Romance. Continue reading