Swooping back down to earth from the head-slapping escapades of Moonraker and some, perhaps, lesser cheese filled moments in The Spy Who Loved Me, here we have a film that returns to wits over gloss. The 'For Your Eyes Only' soundtrack may not be one of the more signature productions in the film series, but what is does offer is a stylish and atmospheric rendition of Bond's adventures from ski-slopes to grape vines. For this reason, Bill Conti offers a range of sounds that are more or less in rebellion to the traditional make-up previous films; ice-cool synthesisers, effect laden guitars and the imperious big band contributions make for what is an energetic and delightful album that ceases to entertain me.
Highlights include the obvious title track - a floaty composition that is romantic and mysterious... 'A Drive in the Country' will always bring about great memories of Bond and Melina's bright yellow Citroen CV and the wonderful improvised line "Love driving in the country, don't you?" (followed by a rather infectious laugh!)... 'Runaway' is a cool as it gets, but the instrumental mix of the title track brings the energy down a notch, whilst 'Run Them Down/Climb' takes hints from classic Bond scores.
This is also one of the better value Bond CD's since it contains 19 tracks, as opposed to some which may even contain less than half of this. As with the other 'Remastered' releases from 2006, the sound definition is simply impeccable and rightly deserves a place in any Bond fan's collection.