For Your Eyes Only 1981

For Your Eyes Only

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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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When a British ship is sunk in foreign waters, the world's superpowers begin a feverish race to find its cargo: a nuclear submarine control system. And 007 (Roger Moore) is thrust into one of his most riveting adventures as he rushes to join the search ... and prevent global devastation!

Cast & Crew

Roger Moore
James Bond
Carole Bouquet
Melina Havelock
Topol
Columbo
Julian Glover
Aristotle Kristatos
Jill Bennett
Jacoba Brink
Cassandra Harris
Countess Lisl
Lois Maxwell
Miss Moneypenny
Walter Gotell
General Anatol Gogol
John Glen
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Ian Fleming
Writer (Story)
Tom Pevsner
Associate Producer
Michael G. Wilson
Executive Producer
Bill Conti
Original Music
Alan Hume
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John Grover
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Critic Reviews for For Your Eyes Only

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (15)

  • 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.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Most of the time, though, For Your Eyes Only is a slick entertainment.

    October 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.

    October 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.

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

    October 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.

    October 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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