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For Your Eyes Only (1981)

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73

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 11

For Your Eyes Only trades in some of the outlandish Bond staples for a more sober outing, and the result is a satisfying adventure, albeit without some of the bombastic thrills fans may be looking for.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

For Your Eyes Only trades in some of the outlandish Bond staples for a more sober outing, and the result is a satisfying adventure, albeit without some of the bombastic thrills fans may be looking for.

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Roger Moore is back as Secret Agent 007, this time on the trail of shipwreck that holds an Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC) for all of the British Naval submarine fleet. Along the way he teams up with the beautiful Melina, played by Carole Bouquet, a maiden out for revenge against a Cuban hitman who killed her father, the head of a British effort to salvage the ATAC. Turns out the hitman was in league with Greek businessman Aris Kristatos (Julian Glover). who's working for the

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Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Richard Maibaum

Oct 19, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Roger Moore has crumpled his comic-strip good looks into something approaching world-weariness, and the newfound maturity in his expression is reflected in director John Glen's style, which goes for the measured and elegant over the flashy and excessive.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Moore is merely the best-oiled cog in this perpetual motion machine.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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One of the most thoroughly enjoyable of the 12 Bond pix [to date] despite fact that many of the usual ingredients in the successful 007 formula are missing.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Look, Ma, no plot and poor dialogue, and Moore really is old enough to be the uncle of those girls.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Let's face it: When you've seen one impregnable mountaintop fortress, you've seen 'em all.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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By the end of the '80s, Bond would be viewed as something of a relic, but at least the decade opened with an enjoyable outing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Gone are the big gadgets and huge set pieces. What we get instead are some decent car chases, fist fights, and practical stunts. The result is a pretty satisfying Bond entry.

October 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

The grittiest Roger Moore Bond, it's an under-rated, gadget-light and stunt-heavy return to Cold War action.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There are quite a few individual pieces of "For Your Eyes Only" that don't quite fit. But to borrow from its Olympic theme, its gymnastic flexibility sure lets it excel in the all-around.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

[Finds] a way to make even Moore's breezy quipping work in a more sober vein. It's serious without sacrificing escapist fun.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Sea and ski with 1981's Bond in an average outing.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's the only Bond film where M didn't appear.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

First-time director John Glen knows what's needed to create suspense...put the series' trademark wit, women, and song alongside the high-stakes adventure of a more brutal 007. [Blu-ray]

October 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...suffers from a disastrously plodding midsection that ultimately casts a pall over the remainder of the proceedings...

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

If ever a Bond film could be described as understated, this is the one.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Moore just looks confused.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The success of this picture (perhaps Moore's best in the Bond series) can be attributed to the marvelous direction of Glen.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

too down to earth

February 10, 2008

The Thatcher parody at the end is sublime. The rest, passable fun.

July 7, 2005
New Times

Formula, fun Roger Moore Bond.

June 15, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

For Your Eyes Only keeps the James Bond tradition in good form.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for For Your Eyes Only

For the twelfth installment of the James Bond franchise (and Roger Moore's fifth turn in the lead role), the decision was made to, (aside from the cold opening) return the series to a more grounded and series route with focus on intrigue over gimmickry. And the results are mostly pretty successful.

What we have here is Bond being sent on a mission to infiltrate the Greek underworld in order to locate and recover a missile command system, a task that also sees him getting caught up in an interlinked revenge plot.

Revenge is actually a main theme throughout, and I liked it. Our main Bond girl is on a quest to avenge the deaths of her parents, and the cold opening sees Bond get vengeance on longtime arch nemesis Blofeld for good, though, due to legal reasons, he isn't called that. It's still obvious that's who it is though.

I did enjoy this film, but I will be honest and say that it is a tad slow and times, and that it often feels dragged out and longer than the running time suggests. I appreciated that they toned down the camp, but aside from a few decently staged action sequences (the diving and fortress assault scenes especially) this one isn't really all that memorable, and the main villain is also not all that noteworthy or memorable.

All in all though, this is one of Moore's better films, and I'd place it in the upper middle of his era when it comes to rankings.
November 4, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

excellent locations, but the villain, story, action, and bond girl were all very forgettable. the villain switch was very clever, but overall a very lackluster addition to the bond series.
February 15, 2013
sanjurosamurai
danny d

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From the outrageous and exciting opening to it`s hang on to your seat conclusion, this Bond is truly For Your Eyes Only. A fun, imaginative, tense and exhilarating action-adventure. It`s true escapist fun that does not let up for a minute. Moore rocks more than ever with his irresistible charm and humor. Carole Bouquet is dazzling and gorgeous.
December 11, 2012
allan913

Super Reviewer

By far the most serious of the Roger Moore era, For Your Eyes Only sees James Bond go back to the more straight forward Bond thrills seen in the Connery era and the result is a satisfying adventure. They clearly knew that Moonraker was about as far over the top as they could go and opted to take a step back, which was a very good choice considering how outlandish the series was becoming. This isn't the most enjoyable Moore era Bond film, but it is definitely the most elegant and well done. The lack of gadgets and special effects is refreshing as is another welcome Bond girl who isn't the typical kind and can fend for herself. Nice opening sequence with a cameo from Blofeld as well. Brought me back to when the series was more about wit and charm than big special effects and fancy gadgets. The film has the same effect.
December 8, 2012
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

    1. James Bond: And have you?
    2. Lisl: Have I ever.
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    1. Bibi: Don't you like me?
    2. James Bond: I don't think your uncle Harry would approve.
    3. Bibi: That's a laugh. He thinks I'm still a virgin.
    4. James Bond: Well, put your clothes on. I'll buy you an ice cream.
    – Submitted by George P (4 months ago)
    1. Melina: I didn't think it would end like this
    2. James Bond: We're not dead yet.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (13 months ago)
    1. James Bond: The Chinese have a saying; Before setting out for revenge, you first dig two graves.
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