For Your Eyes Only Reviews
Besides that awesome moment, the cast features impressive performances from Julian Glover and Topol, who pose as rivals to each other, along with a somewhat unique relationship with Bond and Melina Havelock, and two impressive Bond escape chases; one involving a small Citroen 2CV, the other in Italy's snow. There's a reason why this movie, along with The Spy Who Loved Me, are considered Moore's best outings as 007.
Derek Malcolm in The Guardian disliked the film, saying it was "too long ... and pretty boring between the stunts", although he admitted that the stunts were of a high quality. According to Malcolm, Bond "inhabits a fantasy-land of more or less bloodless violence, groinless sex and naivety masked as superior sophistication", with Moore playing him as if in a "nicely lubricated daze". Although Malcolm tipped the film for international box office success, he observed that he "can't quite see why the series has lasted so long and so strong in people's affections." Writing in The Observer, Philip French commented that "not for the first time the pre-credits sequence is the best thing about the film." French was dismissive of Moore's Bond, saying that Bond was "impersonated by Moore" and referred to Moore's advancing years. Ian Christie, writing in the Daily Express, said that it was not "much of a plot, but it has a touch of credibility which is a welcome change from some of its predecessors." Overall, Christie thought, For Your Eyes Only was "one of the better Bonds, with a nice balance between humour and excitement and the usual bevy of beautiful girls." Christie's colleague in the Sunday Express, Richard Barkley praised the film, saying that For Your Eyes Only "is one of the most exciting yet". Barkley describes Moore's Bond as having an "accustomed debonair calm and quiet authority". All told, Barkley thought "this Bond movie is smashing entertainment." David Robinson, writing in The Times bemoaned the fact that the "dramatic bits between the set pieces don't count for much." Like other critics at the time his praise was more directed towards the stunt crews; they were "better than ever in this one." The film critic for the magazine Time Out was brief and pithy: "no plot and poor dialogue, and Moore really is old enough to be the uncle of those girls." For the US press, Gary Arnold in The Washington Post thought the film was "undeniably easy on the eyes", and further added "maybe too easy to prevent the mind from wandering and the lids from drooping." Arnold was also critical of the large set pieces, calling them "more ponderous than sensational" and that there was "no equivalent of the classic action highlights that can be recalled readily from "From Russia, With Love" or "You Only Live Twice" or "The Spy Who Loved Me" or "Moonraker." This is a Bond waiting for something inspired to push it over the top." The New York Times critic Vincent Canby said that "For Your Eyes Only is not the best of the series by a long shot" although he does say that the film is "slick entertainment" with a tone that is "consistently comic even when the material is not." Jack Kroll in Newsweek dismissed the film, saying it was "an anthology of action episodes held together by the thinnest of plot lines", although he does concede that these set pieces are "terrific in their exhilaratingly absurd energy." For Time magazine, Richard Corliss concentrated on the stunts, saying the team "have devised some splendid optional features for For Your Eyes Only" whilst also commenting on Roger Moore, saying that his "mannequin good looks and waxed-fruit insouciance" show him to be "the best-oiled cog in this perpetual motion machine." Jay Scott of The Globe and Mail included it on his list of the year's worst films, calling it "repellant" and "ambitiously bad".
The previous Bond film, "Moonraker" (1979), was a huge financial success but fans and critics complained that the series had become too focused on wild gadgets, outlandish plots, over-the-top villains and screwball comedy. As a result, producers decided to return to a more realistic storyline in 'For Your Eyes Only', using previous Bond films "From Russia with Love" (1963) and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) as models. Therefore, this film contains many story elements similar to those films; the ATAC is similar to the Lektor, Kriegler is similar to Grant, Columbo is similar to Kerim Bey and the winter sports sequences are similar to those in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The film saved United Artists from financial ruin. At the time of the film's release, the studio was still reeling from Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1980), a notorious $40,000,000 bomb that was about to force UA to file bankruptcy. When this film took in a worldwide gross of $194,900,000, the studio was saved and afterwards turned its focus toward blockbusters and less on personal films. I have looked upon "For Your Eyes Only" as one of Mooreīs better Bond movies for a long time, but when re-seeing it in 2017 it feels scattered, has no real plot, poor dialogue, not the best opening sequence, dated, stand-in infested and so so in general to be honest. This was Roger Moore's fifth outing as James Bond, but at that point he had managed to give us both good ones and less good ones in the series. The storyline of revenge and a cold war pole position is nothing new within the franchise and these days I truly dislike the Moore/Bond movies with this quite ridiculous humour attached to it which used to be more of a twinkle in the eye sort of humour during the Connery/Bond era. It just donīt fit for the character and universe if you ask me. As a kid you looked upon it differently, but I canīt see past it today. Moore looks old as many reviews states, Carole Bouquet is stunning but wooden, Julian Glover ok as Kristatos while I think Chaim Topol as Columbo is the best part within the character gallery. We get to see some nice locations in "For Your Eyes Only" for sure, but when the script is a bit here and a bit there it doesnīt help to make the movie better. Always loved Sheena Easton and her theme song and it still holds up today. "For Your Eyes Only" has a bit too many flaws and I can only give it a 3 in my grading.
A British spy trawler, sinks in Albanian waters with the top-secret ATAC (Automated Targeting Attack Communicator), a device used to transmit orders to nuclear subs. The Soviets are also trying to recover the ATAC, and it's a race to get to the wreck first. Bond's travels take him from Spain, to Cortina d'Ampezzo in Northern Italy, to the waters off of Albania, and then Greece. Along the way he must battle Aris Kristatos (Julian Glover), with the help of Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet) and smuggler Milos Columbo (Topol).
Great acting all the way around, with Glover and Topol giving really good performances. It also has some of the best underwater camera work since "Thunderball" in 1965. Plus, another one of the best theme songs by Sheena Easton.