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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)

When a British spy ship is suddenly sunken off the coast of Warsaw pact-Albania, the whole world goes in search of an alleged covetous treasure onboard: an ATAC system known to control the Polaris nuclear submarine fleet.  Of course the British send their top agent, Bond, in to investigate.  However, once the Russians learn of the sunken treasure, it’s a deadly race to the finish line, no matter the cost.

The cast includes: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Julian Glover, Jill Bennett, Casandra Harris, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell, and Walter Gotell.

With FOR YOUR EYES ONLY director John Glen offers Roger Moore's best Bond performance in one of the best 007 adventures ever made.

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The basic story involves a young woman whose parents are killed by bad guys. When she seeks revenge, James Bond shows up to help with her quest.

The best thing about "For Your Eyes Only" is that it relies less on gimmicks and FX and more on human characters and realistic drama. It's a refreshing return to the James Bond of Ian Fleming's original novels.

The adapted, exciting screenplay was written by Richard Maibaum & Michael G. Wilson. Maibaum wrote many James Bond screenplays, including "Diamonds Are Forever," "Goldfinger," "Man With A Golden Gun," and "The Spy Who Loved Me." Michael Wilson also wrote James Bond screenplays, such as "Octopussy" and "The Living Delights."

This adventure spy yarn is expertly directed by John Glenn, who also directed "The Living Daylights," "Octopussy," and "A View To A Kill."

Roger Moore, with "For Your Eyes Only," gives his best 007 performance ever. He's relaxed, charming, and totally on top of his game. Tool ("Fiddler on the Roof," "Flash Gordon") provides great support as a good guy who helps out 007.

Carole Bouquet is vulnerable and beautiful as a determined, angry woman, Melina Havelock who seeks revenge for the death of her parents, which happened right in front of her. Her scenes with Moore are handled with great class, and a noticeable absence of the usual naughty boy smirkiness. Not only must Bond contend with the usual variety of bad guys, he must gain her trust, and keep this young woman from taking the faster, unwise, dangerous route in dealing with the men responsible for her parents' death.

Lynn-Holly Johnson is adorable as an ice skater, Bibi Dahl, with a crush on James Bond. It's fun to see Moore somewhat flustered by the much younger woman's attention.

Favorite Scenes:

1) The sequence of scenes that starts when Bond escapes the clutches of the bad guys, (thanks to the vengeful daughter), and the two of them find themselves flying wildly down the country hills through pecan groves in a tiny car, being chased by a big sedan full of bad guys.

2) The sequence of scenes that starts at the top of a ski jump, with our hero, Bond, finding himself being chased not only by skiers, but bad guys on motorcycles, through the woods, on a slalom run, on picnic tables, etc.

3) The final attack on the hillside fortress, with Topol's help, is classic James Bond.

Sheena Easton's warbling of the theme is superb. The theme song holds its own with the best of the Bond theme's, with the exception of Shirley Bassey's epic belting of "Goldfinger."

If you enjoyed FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, you may like GOLDENEYE, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, GOLDFINGER, and/or LIVE AND LET DIE.

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