Movie Review - For Your Eyes Only

Preston, England
September 6, 2016 1:18pm CST
Spoiler alerts After the over the top excesses of Moonraker, with its spaceships, space station, laser rifles and giant snake, this is quite a low key Bond adventure, from 1981 with more emphasis on character and drama than spectacle. It looks like a relatively low budget movie compared to many of 007’s outings. A really interesting touch is the guessing game as to just who the villain pursuing a code reading devise (similar to that in From Russia With Love) is; Topol’s bullion smuggler, or Julian Glover’s drug dealer. Glover is ultimately seen as the real bad guy of the piece. Topol and his gang behave like wartime resistance fighters with a touch of Robin Hood roguery about them. There are great Greek island locations, and largely silent but sinister menacing killers, rather than over the top figures like Jaws or Oddjob. The running over of Cassandra on the beach, and the figure calmly using mini-sub claws to tear apart Bond’s submersible are well handled. The mountaineering scenes work really well, though the underwater stuff is less convincing. The ruined underwater Acropolis with its classical statues standing upright in clear water after 3,000 years in impeccable condition is preposterous. The keel-hauling scene, actually borrowed from the book of Live & Let Die, works well, but Glover’s villain just giving up trying this is anti-climactic. There are fun moments; the Saab car chase with the car tumbling like a ball and standing on its wheels again is funny, as is the loss of the Lotus Esprit which explodes when a window is broken – odd when previous cars have been bullet and shatter-proof. A neat touch is the womanizing Bond pursued by a teenage girl with a crush on him, having to rapidly get out of a situation he’d normally find seductive. Carole Bouquet is a sultry but rather dull Bond girl, but overall I liked this, but it felt more Alastair McLean than Ian Fleming. Sheena Easton’s theme song is under-rated and she is the only performer to appear as herself singing a Bond theme over the opening and closing credits to date. I have added the song as a Youtube here. Arthur Chappell
Scotland's Sheena Easton scored a world wide hit with this in 1981. She also remains the only artist to ever be seen singing the theme song to a James Bond m...
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@teamfreak16 (37975)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 Sep 16
I thought Roger Moore should have retired before this, honestly. After a few viewings after the fact, I didn't like this as much as I did when I saw it in the theater. But Sheena Easton's theme is one of the best Bond theme's, hands down.
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• Preston, England
7 Sep 16
he was looking weary here and far more so in A View To A Kill
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@JohnRoberts (44862)
• Los Angeles, California
8 Jan 17
@arthurchappell Yes, Moore was a bit long in the tooth at this stage.
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@puddleglum (1435)
• United States
7 Sep 16
This is probably my favorite Roger Moore Bond film. I agree, Bouquet wasn't the most expressive Bond girl, but I liked that they made her skilled with the crossbow. (I also think she was one of the best Chanel models ever.) Most of all, I like the locations--beautiful scenery, which is what keeps bringing me back to the older Bond films again and again.
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@JohnRoberts (44862)
• Los Angeles, California
8 Jan 17
Carole Bouquet was a French actress and coolly beautiful. I'll take that!
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@pgntwo (20217)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
6 Sep 16
Saab, or Citroen 2CV?
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• Preston, England
7 Sep 16
Citroen 2CV probably
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@pgntwo (20217)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
7 Sep 16
@arthurchappell I think so too.
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@celticeagle (115553)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Sep 16
I love the theme song to this one.
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• Preston, England
6 Sep 16
it is a great song, even if it wasn't from a movie it stands out
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@celticeagle (115553)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Sep 16
@arthurchappell .....Yes, it does.
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@JohnRoberts (44862)
• Los Angeles, California
8 Jan 17
Lynn Holly Johnson was the girl with the crush. She was a former ice skater who starred in Ice Castles.
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• Preston, England
8 Jan 17
@JohnRoberts I remember ice castles coming out but never saw it
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@yugocean (6564)
• India
7 Sep 16
There is nothing as spoilers alert because James Bond movies are all over watched since 1981
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@amadeo (54102)
• United States
6 Sep 16
yes she did a wonderful song and movie.
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