605. For Your Eyes Only

605-for-your-eyes-onlyBackground info

Title: For Your Eyes Only
Director: John Glen
Year: 1981
Run time: 2hrs 7m

“James Bond is thrust into one of his most riveting adventures in this jam-packed free-for-all of outrageous stunts, passionate encounters and exciting confrontations. Roger Moore portrays agent 007 with lethal determination in a plot that finds him racing against time to find a stolen device capable of controlling a fleet of nuclear submarines. As bond teams with beautiful Melina Havelock and infiltrates the Greek underworld, the stage is set for nonstop action – including automobile chases, thrilling underwater battles and a cliffhanging assault on a magnificent mountaintop fortress!”

Live blog

1:07 – OMG, ex-wife reference again. “We have all the time in the world.” Bless!
3:05 – Remote control airways is the worst! Worse even than EasyJet.
8:47 – First time we’ve had the singer in the opening credits, I think?
12:48 – Well they’ve ramped up the horror in this one!
24:02 – Love James being snobby about his getaway car. Thought twice about getting in.
28:47 – “Perforate him.” Ouch!
32:10 – The identikit thing is a lot of fun! Never thought of a time that was brand new.
36:53 – Aww, his wife did ice skating.
41:40 – “You don’t tell me what to do.” Except she’s there because she thought he sent a telegram telling her what to do.
52:53 – Kind of the craziest chase scene to date but still, the domino learner skiers was fab.
54:31 – The bobsleigh chase is mindboggling.
57:34 – So far, this film has been very much Attack of the Killer Winter Olympics.
1:03:58 – It is hard to take anybody seriously called Columbo that isn’t the detective.
1:09:58 – Sand buggies look like a lot of fun to drive.
1:14:15 – I could listen to Topol’s monologues all day.
1:17:53 – The spiky mines are such an iconic shape, full of foreboding.
1:27:13 – He literally just said only talk when necessary. No time for quips.
1:29:34 – It’s amazing how tense cutting wires can be.
1:42:43 – It was weird she left her air down there, how could she have known?
2:04:38 – He got a notification on his watch!

Conclusions

This was a much better outing for Bond after the disaster that was Moonraker. It wasn’t one of the best, but felt very much like your standard 007 adventure. I quite liked that he gradually amassed a team around him, so that the final action sequence was a team effort rather than a solo spy mission. The ice skater was a little intense and scary but Topol was fantastic.

Some of the stunts were fantastic – the bobsleigh sequence in particular was hair-raising, and following the little yellow Beatle down those steep hills also a lot of fun. There isn’t much more to say, as the film didn’t stand out against all the rest of the Bonds particularly, but it was at least a lot more fun than its predecessor. Incredible that we’ve only got two more Roger Moore films left!

 

Rating: 3/5.

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