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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite Bond movies in a nice package
THE MOVIE
There wasn't much further 007 could go as far as sci-fi wizardry and fantastic characters after the cartoonish MOONRAKER that had seen James Bond propelled into space.
What was called for was a `back to basics' approach that emphasized realism, exotic locations, less gadgetry, down to earth villains and a return to the ruthlessness that Roger Moore had...
Published on April 21, 2005 by Darren Harrison

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Bond, awesome Blu
For Your Eyes Only is widely considered Roger Moore's best portrayal of James Bond. I've always enjoyed Live and Let Die more, but to each his own; I'm certainly not going to argue that For Your Eyes Only is one of the better Bond flicks.

Until Daniel Craig's Casino Royale debut, For Your Eyes Only was also considered the toughest, grittiest portrayal of the...
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite Bond movies in a nice package, April 21, 2005
THE MOVIE
There wasn't much further 007 could go as far as sci-fi wizardry and fantastic characters after the cartoonish MOONRAKER that had seen James Bond propelled into space.
What was called for was a `back to basics' approach that emphasized realism, exotic locations, less gadgetry, down to earth villains and a return to the ruthlessness that Roger Moore had exhibited in movies such as THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. What better way for the filmakers to return Bond to his roots than to tap into original Fleming source material.
Taking characters and situations from not only the Fleming novel FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, but also the keel-hauling sequence from LIVE AND LET DIE writers Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson wove together a complex and enticing cold war spy drama that included some of the staple setpieces underwater and on the slopes that had served the character so well in the past.
As the late John Brosnan noted in his review of the movie this production is essentially one long chase, but in the one solitary tip of the hat to the fantastic plots of the previous two movies, here the stakes could not be higher. Those stakes are the fate of all the British nuclear missiles in the polaris fleet. Forget the kidnapping of a few nuclear warheads in previous movies, here the balance of nuclear brinksmanship is at risk and ultimately the fate of the world.
This movie sports several of my favorite characters from the entire EON canon. Topol plays a brilliant, amiable Greek smuggler named Columbo and the good natured trust and friendship between him and Roger Moore's James Bond is clearly evident in every scene they share together. Noted British television actor Julian Glover plays Greek mercenary and chief villain Kristatos and I love the understated mannerisms and menace that literally oozes from every line. The movie also has one of the series most beautiful women with the appealing Carole Bouquet and this particular Bond fan had a huge crush on Lynn Holly Johnson who portrayed the chipper Bibi Dahl. Add these elements together and place it against the backdrop of the Italian Alps and the Adriatic and you have one of the best entries in the series.

THE DVD
This DVD was one of the first wave of the newly refurbished Bond DVDs (most had previously been released in the snapper cases). Arriving in stores in Oct. 1999 I quickly snatched them up and devoured them.
Whereas the later two sets all had DVDs with two documentaries on them this one has just the one on the Making of the movie. For Bond fans this is a true treat because we get to see new on camera interviews with the likes of Rick Sylvestor, Topol and Lynn Holly Johnson. Narrated by Patrick MacNee it's both breezy and fascinating.
With only the one documentary and the standard selectioon of trailers, music and radio spots, we do have two audio commentaries (rather than the one that appeared in the later sets). Unfortunately these are the spliced together kind which means that often what the interviewees are talking about is not relevant to what is playing out on screen. Whereas this means we get a lot of information it does tend to get a bit dry and I would have preferred a scene specific track with participants sitting together in a studio discussing the movie as it plays.
Still...this is a great movie and the packaging isn't too shabby. For the time (late 1999) these DVDs were viewed as on-top as far as special features go because at that time most movies being released were bare-bones editions.
Highly recommended.

UPDATE- It should be noted that there is a rerelease of this movie coming up on DVD which will feature a newly recorded scene specific audio commentary by Bond actor Roger Moore. So, it may well be worth holding off on a purchase until these Ultimate Editions are released towards the end of 2006.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Bond Films, May 17, 2000
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Erik Rupp (Southern California) - See all my reviews
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After MOONRAKER's excesses, it was a wise decision to bring Bond back to earth, and back to basics with FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. FYEO features one of the best casts of any of the Bond films, including standout performances from Topol (playing one of the most likeable rogues in all of the Bond films), Julian Glover, and one of the best (and most beautiful) Bond women of all in Carole Bouquet. Lynn-Holly Johnson IS a little annoying as a spoiled young olympic hopeful, but the character is SUPPOSED to be annoying, so she actually was a bit of inspired casting. The story brings Bond back to the style of the films of the 60's, as Bond once again squares off with the Soviets in a race to recover a sensitive piece of computer equipment. Roger Moore gives his best performance as Bond in FYEO, as we finally see him show some toughness as well as his suave sophistication. Humor is present, but not so much as to distract from the film. The pre-credits sequence is a fun bit of tongue-in-cheek action, but a little out of sync with the rest of the movie (although the opening with Bond placing flowers on his wife's grave is touching). The special features on this DVD are (as usual with a Bond Special Edition) outstanding. Multiple trailers, documentaries, audio commentary from Director John Glen (probably the best Bond Director!) and Executive Producer Michael G. Wilson & menbers of the crew, radio commercials, and more, make this one of the most complete DVD packages around. Not to be missed! If you are a James Bond fan, or just like good Action-Adventure movies you really should add FYEO to your DVD collection.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Special Edition DVD can't mar Moore's best, January 4, 2000
The new range of special edition DVD versions of the Bond films are being released in groups from 1999-2002, and fortunately this fine effort was in the first batch. Others have remarked on what most fans regard as the very best of the Moore Bonds, and I won't dispute them here. From it's nifty nod to the George Lazenby performance in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" to the fine ensemble acting, to the sheer style of the non-traditional ending, FYEO succeeds because it marks one of the few times the producers took special pains to incorporate Fleming into the script. For that effort, a full five stars are well-deserved.
Where this product fails, however, is in living up to the standards this Special Edition series has set for itself. Like other entrants in this series, FYEO has audio commentaries by the filmmakers. As with all the Special Editions, the Ian Fleming Society, perhaps the most 'serious' of the Bond Fan Clubs, provides a narrator who ties together the sometimes meandering recollections of various memebers of the cast and crew. Unfortunately on this outing, the narrator's voice is heard far more than the filmmakers', and what the narrator has to say is often inane.
For instance, something on the order of five minutes is given to a painfully detailed discussion of the Citroen car used in the chase scene, and its place in 20th century Europe. Interesting stuff for trivia buffs, but it hardly lends useful, direct information about the film itself.
Frequently, too, the narrator seems eager to do rather arbitrary comparisons between this Bond and another. It's interesting, in its way, but it prevents us from hearing primary source information from the filmmakers.
Worse, there are very few times where the audio commentary actually speaks about the action on the screen. Oh, to be sure, you find out how certain stunts were effected, but whole scenes go by without comment on either track.
This goes in stark contrast to the much superior "Thunderball SE", wherein the extra material truly amplifies your enjoyment of the film.
Having said all this, of course, I would still recommend that you buy this version of the film over any other. It does uncover some of the mysteries of the production. But it's probably not where you want to start if you're a student of the filmmaking process. Far better in this series for its depth of commentary is "Thunderball" or even "License to Kill"--even though both are actually less enjoyable films than FYEO.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger's best, hands down., December 3, 1999
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"ab102882" (Holmen, Wisconsin) - See all my reviews
Roger Moore is at his absolute best in this top-notch action hit. The thing I like most, aside from the splendid acting by Moore and all the rest is the fact that the plot doesn't rely on a mad super criminal.
Rather it involves Bond in a race for ATAC, a powerful system that will give the bearer unlimited control over Polaris Nuclear Submarines. The plot is simple and self explanitory. In the race for ATAC, there's no silver medal for finishing second.
Lacking extremely explosive end-of-the-movie action scenes as in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and others, the movie departs from this trend and features a cliffhanging assault on a mountaintop fortress.
A top notch Bond movie, it's a must see for Bond buffs and novices alike.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite of the series...Moore at his best, April 7, 2007
This review is from: For Your Eyes Only (DVD)
There wasn't much further 007 could go as far as sci-fi wizardry and fantastic characters after the cartoonish MOONRAKER that had seen James Bond propelled into space.

What was called for was a `back to basics' approach that emphasized realism, exotic locations, less gadgetry, down to earth villains and a return to the ruthlessness that Roger Moore had exhibited in movies such as THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. What better way for the filmakers to return Bond to his roots than to tap into original Fleming source material.

Taking characters and situations from not only the Fleming novel FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, but also the keel-hauling sequence from LIVE AND LET DIE writers Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson wove together a complex and enticing cold war spy drama that included some of the staple setpieces underwater and on the slopes that had served the character so well in the past.

As the late John Brosnan noted in his review of the movie this production is essentially one long chase, but in the one solitary tip of the hat to the fantastic plots of the previous two movies, here the stakes could not be higher. Those stakes are the fate of all the British nuclear missiles in the polaris fleet. Forget the kidnapping of a few nuclear warheads in previous movies, here the balance of nuclear brinksmanship is at risk and ultimately the fate of the world.

This movie sports several of my favorite characters from the entire EON canon. Topol plays a brilliant, amiable Greek smuggler named Columbo and the good natured trust and friendship between him and Roger Moore's James Bond is clearly evident in every scene they share together. Noted British television actor Julian Glover plays Greek mercenary and chief villain Kristatos and I love the understated mannerisms and menace that literally oozes from every line. The movie also has one of the series most beautiful women with the appealing Carole Bouquet and this particular Bond fan had a huge crush on Lynn Holly Johnson who portrayed the chipper Bibi Dahl. Add these elements together and place it against the backdrop of the Italian Alps and the Adriatic and you have one of the best entries in the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Moore IS James Bond, January 5, 2007
This review is from: For Your Eyes Only (DVD)
Returning to a more reality based story Roger Moore is James Bond once again. This film ties its itself to where ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE left off. Bond has some unfinished buisiness to take care of in the pre-title squence and then this Cold War plot takes off from there. There is a lot of action and Bill Cont's score works well with it. This is the one Roger Moore Bond film that fits in with some of the best.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Moore EVER!, October 26, 1999
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David Cole (Oak Pk Heights, MN USA) - See all my reviews
Roger Moore once said that he had reservations about this film because it was a deviation from the style he presented in his previous four films. Only if only Moore had used *this* style for the previous four films!
"For Your Eyes Only" lacks the typical cartoon character villain who wants to rule the world in space or underwater or whatever. It features a race to acquire the ATAC computer, a device capable of overriding computer systems in NATO submarines. And it's up to Bond to retrieve it when a ship carrying it is destroyed neer Greece.
Never for one moment does any aspect of the movie falter (there is one tiny scene but that's at the very end.) Moore is simply perfect as Bond. Julian Glover is ideal for Kristatos. And, to be simple, there's not one actor in this movie who didn't pull his or her weight.
The action and drama scenes are well timed, and are convincingly done too.
The best part is the music. Athlough a few elements are based on disco, the scenes actually BENEFITTED from it. It's wonderfully done and I wis hthe soundtrack existed. The music throughout the movie is perfect and suits each scene admirably.
The only scene which fails to grab is at the very end where Bond (who places his walkie-talkie watch on a macaw's perch) goes off and allows the macaw to talk to... the Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher. However, this scene is incredibly small in length, and given the fact this movie lacked most of the Moore silliness I can accept it.
DEFINITELY worth the money!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moore's Best, top 3 in series, December 6, 2002
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Mike (Yuma Arizona) - See all my reviews
This was Roger Moore's best effort in the series (even better than The Spy Who Loved Me). I rank it in the top 3 of the entire Bond series(along with From Russia With Love and Goldfinger). Moore plays the role not only with his usual humor but in this particular movie he seems to have a dark side to him in a few scenes (not seen since Connery). The story is very believable, the characters are very believable. After Moonraker the Producers went back to more of a film that was not reliant on special effects, It was a very good move, I think that with Moore's acting and the less reliance on the gadgets make this particular film very memorable. Only nitpick I have with it are the prime minister and his side-kick who take the place of M. After this film there was a 6 year wait for another good Bond Film (Living Daylights). Octopussy was decent but should have been Moore's last effort and A View to a Kill was just god awful (Not Moore's fault though). This film should be considered the definer of Moore's legacy, not either of the last two which is what so-called critics have a great tendency to do. A definite must have and own for any Bond fan and any fan of action/spy movies
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Moore Bonds, March 29, 2007
This review is from: For Your Eyes Only (DVD)
Even though Moonraker did make a profit, the "space" ending to the film left a bad taste in many people's mouths (we needed Graham Chapman to step in here, say "This is silly" and move on to the next bit). With For Your Eyes Only we see a return to what Bond is at his best. More than one of the short stories is used here for that purpose (I won't say which in case you have read them and haven't seen the film. It is a thriller after all). Roger Moore wasn't sure about a return to the rough nature of the character that was traditional to the books but his performance here is his best in the series. One sequence (that I will also not ruin for those who haven't seen it) where Bond reminds us about his licence to kill is an icon of the series. Critics and fans who still don't like Moore as Bond after this film are simply still upset that he's not Sean Connery. Moore was looked at for the part in the beginning and was liked for it by Ian Fleming himself (he also liked David Niven and Cary Grant). Connery, of course, did a great job but here we get to see that the authors faith was well deserved. Critics have also not liked the "anti-climatic" style of the ending but I think that they forget that a good action thriller doesn't need to have everything and everyone blow up at the end. The end has plenty of action and is, very "Bond".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Your Eyes Only, February 25, 2007
One of the most revered of the Roger Moore Bond stints, this film starts with the much-maligned Bond vs. Blofeld mini-meet teaser. Blofeld is back for about seven minutes trying to kill Bond by trapping him in a radio-controlled helicopter, only to see Bond outsmart him one last time. This is considered a stupid start to a superior Bond outing, but I have to say I really don't mind it; Bond clinging to the outside of a wildly careening helicopter, completely at the mercy of his old foe, makes for an exciting deathtrap. I also like the fact that Blofeld uses Bond's visit to his deceased wife's gravesite against him, since, of course it was Blofeld who had her killed. The teaser is horribly ruined right at the end when Bond, who gains the advantage at the last second and has his wife's murderer at his mercy, starts throwing out joke lines, and is entirely too whimsical given the situation. And Blofeld's final bit of dialogue is awful.

Enough about the teaser (and let's skip over Sheena Easton's image being allowed to invade the opening credits), onto the film proper: it's undeniably terrific as a more realistic approach to Bond. The plot is still slick and streamlined, with lots of fun twists, explosions, car chases, gorgeous women, ritzy and/or exotic locales, assassins, gadgets, and breathtaking stunts. So. Where then does the realism come in? It's, uh, well hmm, it's rather difficult to pin down at first, but would become, I think, more apparent if watched on a double-bill with Die Another Day.

In For Your Eyes Only, many of the extended action sequences are slowed down to create tension, rather than over-the-top action. I think back to the lightning fast jump-cutting all throughout On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and then I think of the simmering tension of the mountain-climbing mayhem near the end of For Your Eyes Only. Before that, there are three watery deathtrap sequences in a row for Bond to survive: hand-to-hand combat with a thug in a deepwater diving suit 400 feet below, where movement is slow and awkward; next, a mini-sub duel involving two unwieldy vehicles; finally, a keelhauling sequence where villain Kristatos pulls Bond and his lady of the 80's across the same coral reef three times just to spill enough blood to lure in the sharks. There is, about all this, a strangely unhurried pace that should continuously drag the film down--make it a dull Bond flick. But it doesn't. If movement underwater, and climbing a tall mountain while the bad guy tries to scrape you off the side, are keynotes to the script, you might as well find a way to make it work, by sacrificing loud super-speed for trembling tension. Then they praise you for realism in Bond, so you can't lose.

Anyway, the plot is splendid. Bond gets manipulated by the villain into chasing the wrong man, while the actual head creepo closes in on A.T.A.C., a revolutionary surveillance system that sank off Albania in a spyship disguised as a fishing trawler. He wants to sell it to the Russians so they can use it against its British makers. When he murders a man named Havelock just to prevent him from getting to A.T.A.C. first, his beautiful (are you shocked?) daughter picks up a crossbow and targets revenge. Carole Bouquet is one of my favourite Bond ladies, and of course Bond thinks so too once they meet, though he's troubled by her bloodthirstiness.

Final word: it's one of Roger Moore's best Bond films, though it is not as thrilling or outrageous as most other 007 extravaganzas. Moore is suave, if perhaps a little underwhelming at times; he seems quite assured in the role here, and it's somewhat delightful that the army of trained killers he wades through in this adventure can't ruffle him half as much as the young flirtatious figure-skater who jumps in his lap every chance she gets. For Your Eyes Only is a classy, seamless production that I enjoy every time I power it up.
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