For Your Eyes Only (1981)

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Critic 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.

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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 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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PG (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
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Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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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 II
as Jacoba Brink
Michael Gothard
as Emile Locque
John Wyman
as Erik Kriegler
Jack Hedley
as Havelock
Geoffrey Keen
as Minister of Defense
John Wells
as Denis
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
Stefan Kalipha
as Gonzales
Graham Crowden
as 1st Sea Lord
Noel Johnson
as Vice Admiral
William Hoyland
as McGregor
Paul Brooke
as Bunky
Eva Reuber-Staier
as Rublevich
Fred Bryant
as Vicar
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)
Jill Bennett
as Jacoba Brink
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Critic Reviews for For Your Eyes Only

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (8)

Most of the time, though, For Your Eyes Only is a slick entertainment.

Full Review… | October 30, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Moore is merely the best-oiled cog in this perpetual motion machine.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
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.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Look, Ma, no plot and poor dialogue, and Moore really is old enough to be the uncle of those girls.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for For Your Eyes Only

½

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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

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.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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