For Your Eyes Only

The British spy boat St Georges is sunk off the coast of Albania and the world’s superpowers begin an intense search for its valuable lost cargo: the powerful ATAC system, which will give the bearer unlimited control over Polaris nuclear submarines. James Bond (Rodger Moore) is sent on a mission to recover the device before the soviets.  Sir Timothy Havelock and his wife, who had been secretly working for the British to locate the St Georges, are brutally murdered in front of their daughter Melina (Carole Bouquet) by Cuban hit-man. Bond in his investigations encounters Aristotle Kristatos (Julian Glover) and Milos Colombo(Topol) who each accuse the other of having links with the Soviets. Allying himself with the beautiful revenge driven Melina, Bond must uncover the truth and find the missing ATAC system before the Soviets do.

Developed from two of Ian Flemings’ story’s “For Your Eyes Only” and “Risico” published in 1960 the writing team of Richard Maibaum and Michael G Wilson got down to a James Bond movie that was straight from the pen of Fleming himself, even including sequences inspired by the novels Live and Let Die, Goldfinger an On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. After the near Si-Fi antics of Moonraker the producers decided that Bond needed to return to earth a retreat from the excesses of outlandish plot devices and create a new image of Bond for the 1980s.  Toning down the gadgets and allowing Bond to rely once again on his instincts and wits is what makes it all the more fun for me, and it feels more Bond than ever.  The car the Bronze Lotus Turbo Esprit although not stuffed full of was one of my favourites growing up as a kid. Carole Bouquet is one of the most beautiful Bond girls in the series, she has the most extraordinary colour of eyes and deserved the role for her legs only. Her character Melina Havelocks revenge driven half Greek rage is so damn sexy.   The banter with “Q” (Desmond Llewelyn) once again makes me smile, and the tone of their relationship changings to a more affectionate one, however due to the death of Bernard Lee “M” does not appear in the movie. The theme song “For Your Eyes Only” was written by Conti and Michael Leeson, was sung by Sheena Easton, The song was a Top 10 hit in both the UK and US charts and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.

Why did I choose this movie, well apart from the pre credit sequence which is the one of the most stupid in the series, the movie itself is a lot of fun and one of the most riveting and brutal adventures in some time. In fact the assassination of Melina Havelock’s parents was first intended as part of the pre-credits sequence. The reaction shot of the murder was intended to cut to a close-up on her face whereby the look of anger and revenge in her eyes would then segue into the main titles, which would have been awesome! There are no extravagant weapons or insane billionaires in this movie, no silly motivations or doomsday schemes. Instead, we have an old school cold war adventure that a Bond fan can once again enjoy. In perhaps the best performance of his career as Bond, Roger Moore portrays Agent 007 with lethal determination in this  stripped-bare and focused plot with a very strong Bond girl and a great villain….James Bond will return in Octopussy.

 My Rating: C+
Format: DVD
I Own This Movie
Artwork by: pringdesign


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