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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for For Your Eyes Only can be found here.

When an M16 spy boat outfitted with an ATAC (Automated Targeting Attack Communicator) system hits a mine and sinks to the bottom of the Ionian Sea off the coast of Albania, 007 agent James Bond (Roger Moore) is assigned to determine who is behind the assassination of marine archeologist Sir Timothy Havelock (Jack Hedley), who was secretly hunting for the wreck so that the British could retrieve the ATAC device before anyone else gets their hands on it. With the help of Havelock's daughter Melina (Carole Bouquet), Bond must determine which of two Greek Underworld figures, Aristotle Kristatos (Julian Glover) or Milos 'The Dove' Colombo (Topol), once friends but now enemies, can be trusted. Meanwhile KGB General Anatole Gogol (Walter Gotell) is waiting around to buy the ATAC from whomever gets it.

All of the James Bond movies are based, in some part, upon novels by British author Ian Fleming [1908-1964]. For Your Eyes Only is based on Fleming's 1960 collection of five short stories from the anthology also called For Your Eyes Only. The movie is based on two of the stories in the collection. The scenes in the movie showing Bond being assigned to track down Hector Gonzales (Stefan Kalipha) only for Melina to kill him, are taken from the short story For Your Eyes Only. The story thread depicting Bond being told by Kristatos that Milos Columbo is working for the enemy, only for Columbo to subsequently prove that Kristatos is a double-agent, is taken from the short story Risico. The scenes where Bond and Melina are dragged behind the boat by Kristatos in order to feed them to the sharks is taken from another Fleming novel Live And Let Die (1954). It also includes elements inspired by the novels Goldfinger (1959) (the identigraph sequence) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963) (the opening at the graveyard). The rest of the film's plot concerning the ATAC was written originally for the movie.

Bond describes the ATAC as a device that "uses an ultra low-frequency coded transmitter to order [British] submarines to launch ballistic missles." Unfortunately, the St Georges, a British spy ship, was equipped with the ATAC when she was sunk in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Albania. The British government is worried that, should the ATAC fall into enemy hands, it could be used to order British submarines to fire upon themselves, each other, and their own cities.

The movie begins with Bond visiting the London grave of his wife, Teresa "Tracy" Bond (Diana Rigg), who was killed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The Ministry of Defence then sends Bond to Madrid, Spain where he is ordered to track down a Cuban hitman, Hector Gonzales, and find out who hired him to kill Melina Havelock's parents. Unfortunately, Melina kills Gonzales before Bond can question him, so Bond returns to London where Q, using an identigraph, is able to identify Emil Leopold Locque (Michael Gothard), the man that Bond saw paying off Gonzales just before he was killed. Locque, an enforcer in the Brussels underground, has been reported in Cortina d'Ampezzo, a resort town in the Alps of northern Italy, so Bond goes to Italy. He doesn't find Locque, but agent Luigi Ferraro (John Moreno) introduces Bond to his informant Aris Kristatos. Kristatos informs Bond that Locque is employed by Milos Columbo, a Greek smuggler, so Bond travels to Corfu, a Greek island just off the coast of Albania, where he joins Melina and goes to see Columbo.

Who sings the title song?

For Your Eyes Only is sung by Scottish singer Sheena Easton.

No name is given to the character nor is his face shown, but the long-haired, white, Persian cat with the diamond collar is a dead giveaway. Yes, the bald villian in the wheelchair (John Hollis) is supposed to be Bond's old nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

It seems that a delicatessen was a popular mafia commodity back in the roaring 20's and 30's, and the most valuable delis were the ones with stainless steel countertops (easy to clean, thus less bacteria-laden than wooden chopping blocks). Consequently, a "delicatessen in stainless steel" was considered a worthy gift and thus a potent bribe. It is reported that the phrase is attributable to Albert R. Broccoli.

Blofeld was killed off because Eon Productions no longer had the rights to use his character in the Bond films. Blofeld and his terrorist organization SPECTRE were originally created when Ian Fleming collaborated with producer Kevin McClory on an aborted James Bond film project in the 1950s. When the project fell through, Fleming turned the story into his novel Thunderball (1961), retaining the Blofeld character whom he liked so much that he also used him in his subsequent Bond novels On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963) and You Only Live Twice (1964). When Eon Productions began to make their series of Bond films in the 1960s, they decided to make the films politically neutral, so instead of having Bond do battle against agents of the Soviet Union, Blofeld and SPECTRE were used as antagonists even in stories that didn't originally feature them such as From Russia With Love (1957) and Dr. No (1958). However, in 1971, Kevin McClory sued and won the rights to Blofeld and SPECTRE. Thus, Eon was forced to stop using them in the movies. Blofeld's last official appearance in the series came in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Undaunted, Broccoli simply changed the name of the villain in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to Karl Stromberg, but this didn't stop Bond fans from continuing to speculate on when Blofeld would return. In order to demonstrate that Blofeld was gone for good, Broccoli decided to kill him off. Unable to actually depict Blofeld, Broccoli used Blofeld's unique characteristics, such as his bald head and Persian cat, to allude to the fact that it really was Blofeld.

Don't worry, animal lovers. Blofeld's cat scrambled out of his arms and ran off just before Bond's helicopter picked up Blofeld's wheelchair and dumped him down a tall smokestack.

During Bond's briefing about the ATAC, he is handed a classified document detailing information about Operation Undertow and the Cuban hitman named Hector Gonzales. The document is sealed with a ribbon that reads, "For Your Eyes Only." Also, at the end of the movie, as Melina disrobes in front of Bond, she says, "For your eyes only." In the next Bond film, Octopussy, M hands Bond a new mission file (Operation "Trove") and tells him "Eyes only, 007."

Why isn't M in this one?

Bernard Lee, the actor who portrayed M in the first 11 Bond films, passed away in 1981, just as For Your Eyes Only was going into pre-production. As a mark of respect, the character of M was written out of the film, explained as being "on leave". The character of M returned in Octopussy (1983), portrayed by Robert Brown.

Caroline Cossey, a model using the professional name of Tula, appears as an extra in the scenes by Hector Gonzales' pool. Cossey was originally an anatomical male before going through a gender transition and undergoing gender reassignment surgery. A photo of her scene in For Your Eyes Only can be seen here.

No reason is given, and no seasoned diver would leave an air tank behind unless it was caught on something and out of air. The only plausible explanation is that the movie-makers needed an air tank to be available in the following scene where Bond and Melina were being dragged as shark bait behind Kristatos' boat. Another theory is that Melina does a lot of underwater work & may have left the tank behind when it was partially filled so she could make use of it on another excavation job where another tank she'd been using had run out. It's also possible she was using it as a marker for the area she was working on so that she could return to it later.

How does the movie end?

Bond, Columbo, and Melina infiltrate Kristatos' hideaway. They kill off the guards, but Kristatos makes off with the ATAC, intending to hand it over to Soviet General Gogol, who is flying in on a helicopter. Bond tackles Kristatos and grabs the ATAC, just as Gogol lands. Melina stabs Kristatos in retaliation for his ordering the death of her parents, and Bond tosses the ATAC over a cliff where it is smashed to smithereens on its way down. "That"s dtente," he tells Gogol. In the final scenes, the Ministry of Defence patches Bond through to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Janet Brown) but all she gets is a parrot, because Bond is off having a romantic encounter with Melina.

Including For Your Eyes Only, Moore made seven movies in which he played James Bond: Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), and A View to a Kill (1985).

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