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For Your Eyes Only (1981)

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Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

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John Glen

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Michael G. Wilson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... Ian Fleming's James Bond 007
Carole Bouquet ... Melina Havelock
Topol ... Milos Columbo
Lynn-Holly Johnson ... Bibi Dahl
Julian Glover ... Kristatos
Cassandra Harris ... Lisl
Jill Bennett ... Jacoba Brink
Michael Gothard ... Locque
John Wyman ... Erich Kriegler
Jack Hedley ... Sir Timothy Havelock
Lois Maxwell ... Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
Geoffrey Keen ... Minister of Defence
Walter Gotell ... General Gogol
James Villiers James Villiers ... Tanner
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Storyline

After disposing of a familiar looking face, Bond is sent to recover a communication device, known as an ATAC, which went down with a British Spy ship as it sunk. Bond must hurry though, as the Russians are also out for this device. On his travels, he also meets Melina Havelock, whose parents were brutally murdered. Bond also encounters both Aristotle Kristatos and Milos Colombo. Each of them are accusing the other of having links with with the Russians. Bond must team up with Melina, solve who the true ally is and find the ATAC before it's too late. Written by simon

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Bond for action in For Your Eyes Only See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Greek | Italian

Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sólo para sus ojos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,834,967, 28 June 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$62,300,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$194,900,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the Jamaican Bond girl "Judy Havelock" in the "For Your Eyes Only" short story, was changed to Greek Bond girl "Melina Havelock" in the film. The Cuban Major Hector Gonzales also comes from this short story. The Lisl Baum character, from the "Risico" short story, also had a name change to Contessa (Countess) Lisl Von Schlaf for the movie. The Aristotle Kristatos and Columbo ("The Dove") character names also come from "Risico", but Henrico Colombo was an Italian in the book, the movie changed him to Milos Columbo, a Greek. See more »

Goofs

When James leaves the sunken ship after escaping from the attacker, you can see that his dive helmet suddenly has an inner black mask attached, covering his mouth and nose. It's a stunt diver. (Those dive helmets usually have an inner mask preventing CO2 poisoning - but obviously you wouldn't have been able to see the actor's faces then) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vicar: Mr. Bond, Mr. Bond. I'm so glad I caught you. Your office called. They're sending a helicopter to pick you up. Some sort of emergency.
James Bond: It usually is. Thank you.
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Soundtracks

For Your Eyes Only
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Mick Leeson
Performed by Sheena Easton
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Possibly my favorite Bond film of all time...
22 November 2002 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

For Your Eyes Only is one of my favorite James Bond films. It and the Spy Who Loved me constantly via for the top spot in my mind. Sadly, this one did not perform as well as other Roger Moore James Bond movies as it did not do nearly as well as the previous film, Moonraker. I enjoyed this one more than Moonraker, which I did enjoy, but I felt it was a bit of a retread of The Spy Who Loved Me, while this one went in another direction by not having an eccentric wealthy person wishing to establish a new world order. At the same time, this one features action sequence after action sequence and location after location which made this one a fun romp. Perhaps it is the fact that this was not t he only Bond film released this particular year as Never Say Never Again featuring Sean Connery was put out the same year so it may have turned people off to see both. Me, I never cared to Never Say Never as it is simply a remake of Thunderball which is one of my favorite Sean Connery Bond movies. It and From Russia With Love via for the top spot for the Connery movies. I guess it matters little these days, and why should I care now that I alone think this is one of the best Bond films.

The movie features a lot of action, but the mission is almost a rather unremarkable one. A spy ship is sunken with a mine and a decoder device that is on board is something that the Russians would love to have. The British have a man working on retrieving it, but he is promptly killed along with his wife in front of their daughter. James is sent in to find the hit-man responsible, but he soon finds a lot of people involved which takes him from one exotic location to another as he tracks down the one responsible for the death of the man charged with recovering the coding device. He will team up with the daughter whose parents were killed and soon try to salvage the device themselves; however, there is another who is after the device as well so he can sell it to the Russians.

This one has so many action sequences in it that it goes by at supersonic speed. It opens with an action sequence in a helicopter that is unrelated to the decoding device plot, but it is fun to watch and the only time Blofeld and Roger Moore's Bond cross paths. There is an awesome car chase scene which features a very non typical Bond vehicle, a ski chase, a warehouse raid, a deep sea battle and a fight on a mountain monastery which has an awesome rock climbing scene. The Bond girls here are okay, just not as attractive as say Goodnight from Golden Gun or XXX from Spy. A lot of people complain about Bebe being to young for Roger, but he never shows any interest in her throughout the film so not sure why her character is criticized. She is just there to advance the plot in the Cortina portion of the film and to make Bond squirm a bit. The villain is good too as if you are watching it for the first time, you are not quite sure who the villain is until midway through the movie.

So, no, this Bond is nothing like the previous two Bond movies which were very similar. Heck, it isn't even like Live and Let Die or Man with the Golden Gun either. It is not even like the next two Bond films. It stands on its own and is really fun to watch. I loved this one as a kid as it and Spy were tops for me at a young age too. This one I sometimes place on the top, because Spy is so similar to Moonraker; although, this one was supposed to follow Spy, but thanks to the space craze they decided to put Bond in space instead. I sometimes wonder had Moonraker not been made, if this film would have been vastly different as Jaws could very well had been in this one as he survived Spy and if there is no Moonraker where he turned good he could have showed up here to torment 007. So, while it is not apparently everybody's cup of tea, For Your Eyes Only stands near the top and is one of the more enjoyable and fast paced Bond films there is.


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