For Your Eyes Only
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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For Your Eyes Only is actually my second-favourite Bond film, although I still maintain that 'The Spy Who Loved Me' is the best of the Moore films. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christian Le Feuvre
Roger Moore was getting long in the tooth when he reprised his role of Agent 007 in 1981's FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. Read morePublished 1 month ago by H. Bala
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