For Your Eyes Only

1981

For Your Eyes Only

Critics Consensus

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.

73%

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64%

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Movie Info

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 Soviets to attain the Communicator. Together with a drug smuggling rival of Kristatos (played by Topol), Bond and Melina race against time before the keys to all of Britain's missles get in the wrong hands. Richard Maibaum's screenplay has very little to do with the collection of short stories that made up Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only, save for the plotline involving Melina's seeking vengeance for the death of her father. The direction is by John Glen, who'd previously done second unit work on other Bond films and went on to direct four more films in the franchise. For Your Eyes Only eschews the gimmickry and campiness of earlier Roger Moore efforts by concentrating instead on intrigue, save for the campy opening that sees Bond dispatch the dastardly Blofeld in a broad comedic pre-credits scene.

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Cast

Roger Moore
as James Bond
Lois Maxwell
as Moneypenny
Carole Bouquet
as Melina Havelock
Julian Glover
as Aristotle Kristatos
Topol
as Columbo
Cassandra Harris
as Countess Lisl
Jill Bennett
as Jacoba Brink
Michael Gothard
as Emile Locque
John Wyman
as Erik Kriegler
Jack Hedley
as Havelock
Geoffrey Keen
as Minister of Defense
Janet Brown
as Prime Minister
Walter Gotell
as General Gogol
John Moreno
as Ferrara
Paul Angelis
as Karageorge
Toby Robins
as Iona Havelock
Jack Klaff
as Apostis
Graham Crowden
as 1st Sea Lord
Noel Johnson
as Vice Admiral
Robbin Young
as Girl in Flower Shop
Graham Hawkes
as Mantis Man
Max Vesterhalt
as Girl at Casino
Lalla Dean
as Girl at Pool
Evelyn Drogue
as Bond Beauty
Laoura Hadzivageli
as Bond Beauty
Chai Lee
as Bond Beauty
Kim Mills
as Bond Beauty
Caroline Cossey
as Bond Beauty
Vanya
as Bond Beauty
Viva
as Bond Beauty
Lizzie Warville
as Bond Beauty
Alison Worth
as Bond Beauty
John Hollis
as Unnamed Blofeld (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for For Your Eyes Only

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (10)

  • For Your Eyes Only, however, looks like the work of people too smug in the belief they've got a good thing going to bother to make it interesting. It oozes unwarranted condescension.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Most of the time, though, For Your Eyes Only is a slick entertainment.

    Oct 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • No. 12 in the phenomenally durable James Bond series. For Your Eyes Only is undeniably easy on the eyes. Maybe too easy to prevent the mind from wandering and the lids from drooping.

    Oct 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Moore is merely the best-oiled cog in this perpetual motion machine.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for For Your Eyes Only

  • Nov 19, 2015
    As dark and satisfying as the Roger Moore era of Bond ever got, For Your Eyes Only lacks the tongue-in-cheek thrills of the series overall but makes up for it with the actor's best and most nuanced performance of the superspy ever. Indeed, gets downright murderous in this, the most sobering chapter since On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The action soars, the story fires on all cylinders, and Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof makes an excellent sidekick in what would've and should've made for an excellent swan song for Moore. In this PG-rated spy adventure, Agent 007 (Moore) gets assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. Just freeze-frame on that scene where a foot soldier pleads for his life as his car sits teetering on the edge of a crumbling Cliffside. Without a trace of his trademark grin hiding the tongue in his cheek, Moore kicks the vehicle and the henchman into nevermore. The Living Daylights gets credited for taking 007 into dark waters, but For Your Eyes Only deserves plaudits for this first strike. Unlike the film that would follow eight years later, however, Moore's personal best take on the character manages to stay better rooted to the franchise, which would celebrate its 20th anniversary a year later. Bottom line: The Eyes Have It
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2015
    Now I may be alone on this one, but "For Your Eyes Only" is easily one of the best bond films of the series. It is definitely the best film of the Roger Moore lead films. The action is cranked up to eleven here and the story does not really take slow turn. You are always on the edge of your seat and I cared about all of the characters involved. Roger Moore is great as a more serious bond in this picture and the villain really gives him a run for his money. When talking about a bond film, it really comes down to the actor portraying him, the action set pieces, and if the story is intriguing. Overall, "For Your Eyes Only" is a fantastic film!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2015
    For awhile the Bond films used the same old plot, villain archeotype, and tone. But I found For Your Eyes Only to break that streak of tongue and cheek Bond films to virtually follow the same old story to get where they wanted to go. There are still quite a few tongue and cheek moments, especially with the out of place Bibi character, but I think the stakes are higher as are the quality of the action sequences. It's not my favorite of the bunch either, but I found it to be a nice change up for the franchise. I think by far the best asset this film has is its unpredictability. It had a knack for keeping characters around just enough for us to care and short enough to where we don't grow tired of them. Which is why when some of them die, you feel the weight of their death. On the other hand, sometimes the story itself becomes full of itself. The villains and there motivations become convoluted and discombobulated. It may be the first complex Bond film of the series. But people aren't watching for the complex plot and characters, they want to see Bond in action. The action is great although I think they once again rehashed chase scenes and settings. I don't know what it is about this series, but they love filming underwater action, and ski chases. We got similar chases in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and The Spy Who Loved Me a few years before. The underwater setting has been used just as much. As exumbernat as the action and settings are, the characters are far less flashy and filled with much more mystery. The lead villains don't have an island, or an underwater city, or a secret nuclear factory, but they are just as maniacal. Speaking of maniacal, I really enjoyed the opening sequence with Bond presumably killing Blofeld once and for all. It was good to see another whole film not be centered around him. Plus, this film also has a few Game of Thrones links with Julian Glover's Kristatos and a subtle nod to Diana Rigg's Teresa from an earlier Bond film. Always have to link it back to Westeros. +Darker Bond with more stakes +But still has some tongue and cheek humor +Opening +Complex and less flashy -Rehashed action settings 7.3/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Probably one of the better Bonds from the pretty poor Roger Moore era, It's very easy to watch and enjoy, Apart from a few silly bits it had some good action scenes especially the ski chase and the rock climbing scene were both pretty good, There's a nice little car chase but apart from them there's nothing else new or worth mentioning I don't think it was too overlong but too many down times make it seems longer than it is, An average Bond film but an above average Roger Moore Bond film.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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