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605. For Your Eyes Only

Published August 22, 2015

Background info

Title: For Your Eyes Only Director: John Glen Year: 1981 Run time: 2hrs 7m

“James Bond is thrust into one of his most riveting adventures in this jam-packed free-for-all of outrageous stunts, passionate encounters and exciting confrontations. Roger Moore portrays agent 007 with lethal determination in a plot that finds him racing against time to find a stolen device capable of controlling a fleet of nuclear submarines. As bond teams with beautiful Melina Havelock and infiltrates the Greek underworld, the stage is set for nonstop action - including automobile chases, thrilling underwater battles and a cliffhanging assault on a magnificent mountaintop fortress!”

Live blog

1:07 - OMG, ex-wife reference again. “We have all the time in the world.” Bless! 3:05 - Remote control airways is the worst! Worse even than EasyJet. 8:47 - First time we’ve had the singer in the opening credits, I think? 12:48 - Well they’ve ramped up the horror in this one! 24:02 - Love James being snobby about his getaway car. Thought twice about getting in. 28:47 - “Perforate him.” Ouch! 32:10 - The identikit thing is a lot of fun! Never thought of a time that was brand new. 36:53 - Aww, his wife did ice skating. 41:40 - “You don’t tell me what to do.” Except she’s there because she thought he sent a telegram telling her what to do. 52:53 - Kind of the craziest chase scene to date but still, the domino learner skiers was fab. 54:31 - The bobsleigh chase is mindboggling. 57:34 - So far, this film has been very much Attack of the Killer Winter Olympics. 1:03:58 - It is hard to take anybody seriously called Columbo that isn’t the detective. 1:09:58 - Sand buggies look like a lot of fun to drive. 1:14:15 - I could listen to Topol’s monologues all day. 1:17:53 - The spiky mines are such an iconic shape, full of foreboding. 1:27:13 - He literally just said only talk when necessary. No time for quips. 1:29:34 - It’s amazing how tense cutting wires can be. 1:42:43 - It was weird she left her air down there, how could she have known? 2:04:38 - He got a notification on his watch!

Conclusions

This was a much better outing for Bond after the disaster that was Moonraker. It wasn’t one of the best, but felt very much like your standard 007 adventure. I quite liked that he gradually amassed a team around him, so that the final action sequence was a team effort rather than a solo spy mission. The ice skater was a little intense and scary but Topol was fantastic.

Some of the stunts were fantastic - the bobsleigh sequence in particular was hair-raising, and following the little yellow Beatle down those steep hills also a lot of fun. There isn’t much more to say, as the film didn’t stand out against all the rest of the Bonds particularly, but it was at least a lot more fun than its predecessor. Incredible that we’ve only got two more Roger Moore films left!

Rating: 3/5.

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