For Your Eyes Only (1981)

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7.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 8/10

Exotic locations look great, good premise

Meandering story

Movie Info

Movie Name:  For Your Eyes Only

Studio:  Danjaq

Genre(s):  Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  June 24, 1981

MPAA Rating:  PG



A British ship sinks in an accident leaving a secret weapon on board. As the race for the British to recover the weapon begins, but the Russians are after it also. Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet) finds her parents gunned down on a reconnaissance mission and vows revenge. James Bond (Roger Moore) with the help of Melina and Milos Columbo (Chaim Topol) are out to stop Aristotle Kristatos (Julian Glover) from getting the weapon and selling it to General Gogol (Walter Gotell).

Directed by John Glen, For Your Eyes Only is the twelfth Bond film and takes its title and some story aspects from Your Eyes Only and the second story titled “Risico” written by Ian Fleming and publish in 1960. The film followed Moonraker in 1979, and the movie’s theme song “For Your Eyes Only” was sung by Sheena Easton who appeared in the title credits (a first). For Your Eyes Only was met with mixed reviews.


This is tougher than I thought

For Your Eyes Only is kind of classic Roger Moore, but like classic Roger Moore it really seems to move slow. There are some great action sequences in the film like another classic skiing scene with Moore (in particular, the segment in the bobsled slide). Despite the great sequences, the movie has a lot of dead space between them.  The entire opening sequence (which relates mostly to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) seems really random and a weak end to a cool character like Blofeld…especially the bad Blofeld dummy that gets dumped.

The movie has the basis for an interesting story, but it seems like a lot of work to really get in the search for the sunken ship. It takes too long for Moore to team officially team-up with Melina and Milos, and I almost wish it was more like a Mission: Impossible style team-up.


Swimming isn’t fun when you are tied to a boat…

The movie is benefited by some great cinematography. The mountains, the underwater scenes, and the ending sequence all look fantastic. Bond is always about fantastic sites and For Your Eyes only doesn’t disappoint. It is obvious that the “deep water diving” isn’t very deep, but it is clear and pristine (especially on recent Blu-Ray releases).

For Your Eyes Only isn’t the best Bond, but it does have fun moments. The movie’s memorable theme song is considered one of the best in the Bond series and is utilized well in the film. For Your Eyes Only was followed by Octopussy in 1983.

Preceded By:

Moonraker (1979)

Followed By:

Octopussy (1983)

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