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4.0 out of 5 stars Moore's Most Serious Bond
AKA, the one where Moore's Bond kills in cold blood.

After the daft Moonraker there was a distinct effort to make this film more gritty. Moore's game of brinkmanship with the producers had started here (never committing to a new Bond flim until the last moment) which leaves the opening scenes (Bond visits his dead wife's grave) originally intended to introduce...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Bond Movie
This was Roger Moore's 5th Bond film and I have always considered it to be one of his best. It was a breath of fresh air and brought the Bond films back to basics, after the appalling Moonraker that came before it. It was also nice to see a tougher Bond film again and to see him less reliant on gadgets. I have always enjoyed this much more than Octopussy and A View To...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moore's Most Serious Bond, 7 Sep 2007
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AKA, the one where Moore's Bond kills in cold blood.

After the daft Moonraker there was a distinct effort to make this film more gritty. Moore's game of brinkmanship with the producers had started here (never committing to a new Bond flim until the last moment) which leaves the opening scenes (Bond visits his dead wife's grave) originally intended to introduce a new Bond. He also finally kills off Blofeld (though his name is never mentioned).

There are more chases and stunts in this Bond than most of the other films, or so it seems, and almost all are tense and exciting. Pick of the bunch are the exciting bobsled run and climbing sequences.

Moore IS starting to show his age here, and I could have done without the superfluous storyline of Bibi Dahl seducing Bond (thankfully he respectfully declines her advances) but I would still say that this is perhaps Moore's most impressive individual performance as Bond.

The real negative in the film is Julian Glover's Kristatos. A fine actor he may be, but he lacks the nasty over-the-top villainy of the best Bond bad guys. Still Carole Bouquet and Topol make memorable Bond allies and all in all the film is a thrill-a-minute wonder.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "For Your Eyes Only Darling.", 3 Aug 2006
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Mr. C. Gelderd "aka GelNerd" (Basingstoke, UK) - See all my reviews
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Moore means more intrigue, excitement and thrilling plot lines in For Your Eyes Only, a return to form for the Ian Fleming-esque spy action and drama.

Set in lush mountain ranges, dangerous ocean depths and winding ski slopes, this enjoyable and simple story of revenge and competing world powers entangle Bond in a vicious race against time across the globe to complete his mission of recovering the ATAC targeting computer system from a sunken British Naval ship before his plotting enemies do.

Fast cars, guns and gadgets drive Bond across in this more humane story which never lets up to the chilling climx atop a mountain peak!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More or less Roger's finest hour, 3 Nov 2008
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: For Your Eyes Only [DVD] (DVD)
For Your Eyes Only is showing its age a bit now. At the time a hugely welcome return to basics after the leaden FX spectacle of Moonraker (the second remake of You Only Live Twice in a row for the series), it still holds up as one of the best of Roger Moore's Bonds, but its faults are much more apparent than they once were. Among them is the tendency to undercut everything with unfunny little jokes (a scoreboard keeping count of thugs Bond knocks out, Bond giving a bemused royal wave to pursuing thugs, and a horrendous cameo from a Maggie Thatcher lookalike in the end), some flat studio work (no disguising the fact that the mountaintop Greek monastery is just a Pinewood set), a dated Bill Conti score and a comic relief nympho nymphet Lynn Holly Johnson constantly throwing herself at a disinterested Bond. Luckily, the pluses more than compensate - a stronger plot than usual for the Moore efforts, at least one cold-blooded murder, and a very welcome absence of gadgets until the postscript that ensures that Bond has to extricate himself with his own wits in some pretty good setpieces. Best among them is a mountaineering sequence where he uses his bootlaces - not steel bootlaces, just common bootlaces - to save himself in an old mountaineers trick.

Incidentally, with Blofeld still sporting the neck brace he wore at the end of OHMSS, and with the film beginning at Tracey Bond's graveside it's tempting to think of the pre-title sequence as a way of making amends for the jokey way Bond's nemesis was disposed of in Diamonds Are Forever were the following sequence not the proud possessor of the most surreal line in the entire Bond series, the infamous "I'll buy you a delicatessen - in stainless steel!" So, while this may be one of the Moore serious of Roge's outings, it's not exactly Bergman territory.

Although the original DVD wasn't the most fully loaded disc on the market, there's less of an upgrade in terms of extras than meets the eye on this repackaged 2-disc 'ultimate edition.' Alongside Roger Moore's new audio commentary there are two deleted scenes, one of them a welcome addition that brings a bit of tension to Bond and Melina's relationship as she chastises him over his nocturnal activities, but the three new featurettes are little more than fairly raw behind the scenes footage while the multi-angle alternate versions of Bond's cold-blooded killing of Loque are particularly badly laid out. The menu also lists the 3 slight variations on the theatrical trailer carried over from the previous edition as TV spots!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excesses toned down for a superior Bond outing, 23 Oct 2007
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Mr. Stephen Kennedy "skenn1701a" (Doha, Qatar) - See all my reviews
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The worst excesses of the 70's fatuous Bond's are laid to rest in this superior Bond movie. All the Bonds are entertainment to a certain formula which is always entertaining to a degree.. but the producers decision to `come back down to Earth' after Moonraker pays off handsomely with a more adult feeling script and some genuine drama and subterfuge going on.
When a British spy trawler sinks suddenly, both sides of the Cold War set out to retrieve the coding device known as the ATAC. The first victims are the Havelock's, marine biologists who use their diving as a cover to retrieve the device from the wreck. Their daughter, Melina, sets out for revenge and this brings her into contact with Bond. Their journey takes them from Corfu to Greece, where Bond must find out who is his enemy - the sophisticated oil and shipping magnate Kristatos (Julian Glover), or Columbo (Topol), the smuggler.
It's a neat script, and executed in an able and unshowy manner by John Glen, more than capable of taking the hot seat after editing and second unit directing so many previous Bonds. A neat idea was in having Blofeld eliminated in the opening credit scene - one which introduces the idea of revenge, a theme for the movie, and gets the silliness out of the way, as if to make a fresh slate for the rest of the movie. Moore is, alas, starting to look a little paunchy and wrinkled - he very nearly did not come back for this movie, but was persuaded back for an undisclosed sum. His scenes with the young teenage skater are just a little uncomfortable to watch, with Moore in his 50's. Carole Bouquet is gorgeous and exotic - great Bond girl material. The only downside is that she and Moore never seem to generate any real chemistry - though the plot does not require too much of it anyway.
There is a jarring note, that knocks off a whole star from the rating. The electronic music by Bill Conti was modern in its day, but horribly dated and - dare I say it - amateurish sounding now. Also, in quibble mode, the ending is somewhat anticlimactic - but it sure beats a yawn inducing evil lair exploding yet again.
With the usual stunts, car chases, ski chases, climbing, exotic locations, beautiful women etc all serving the story instead of acting as individual scenes pasted in to make up the formula, this is quite possibly the finest Bond Moore was in, even if not his personal best performance in the role.

The Extras are the most complete imaginable, with the Ultimate Edition once again giving us all from the Special Edition, and a bit more. Some fascinating behind the scenes shots from Cortina and Greece, a deleted scene and multi angle shot of the pivotal scene with Bond killing the henchman in Connery style rather than Moore style for a change, a featurette on the submersible created for the movie, and a new commentary from Sir Roger Moore himself. Picture is perfect, and the sound mix is the best so far for any of the Bonds up to this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Feast 'For Your Eyes Only', 15 Dec 2003
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Mr. G. McKee "Bruce Bruce" (Co. Fermanagh) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: For Your Eyes Only [DVD] (DVD)
The best Roger Moore Bond DVD/Movie in my opinion. What they done here was cut down on the gadgets, over use of humour and up the harder edge and intesity of Moore's portrayal of Bond which he does more like Timothy Dalton.
It's obviously just me but I don't go for Connery and really old ones probably cos they were out of my era. I'm 28 and anything pre-1980's is filled with gammy effects, 1950s car rides with the screen in the background. Frankly too boring for me. Connery was good but the storylines seem now like boring old Brit cinema. I do understand though they would've been something in their day that really did entertain millions.
FYEO's story is thrilling, the action tense and plenty of it. Filmed stylishly with great locations, girls, villans. Not to mention the best of the 80's Bonds 5.1 Audio. Check out the surrounds at the start when Bond gets out of the helicopter in the howling wind, then when he is flown into the building with a big low frequecy thump through your sub. The Citroen 2CV scene is great also.
The snow action scenes are great as are the under water sequences and the villan in the Merc in Bond's sights.
The only reason I don't give this 5 stars is because the end builds up only not to reach a satisfactory climax. Especially after the tense mountain climb scene. I think the director should have looked again at the bland ending and re-done the last 15 minutes or so. I doubt though if there will ever be a director's cut.
Anyhow this is still probably my favourite Bond. A must for an action packed collection.
I hope readers you find my review helpful. Thanks for reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic bond adventure, and Moore's finest outing as 007, 20 April 2001
This review is from: For Your Eyes Only [DVD] (DVD)
This film has to be one of my personal favourites. Roger Moore is on top form in this, his fifth outing as 007. The plot is more realistic than the previous offerings, and the humour is superb. the acting is great and the settings and storyline are one of the best yet. An excellent addition to the series and one which I would wholeheartedly recommend.
Roger Moore is Bond.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Moore's James Bond at his best, 12 Dec 2000
This is the one Bond movie starring Roger Moore that fans of the novels by Ian Fleming should appreciate the most, as the plot is heavily based on two of his short stories - "For Your Eyes Only", and "Risico".
This movie ranks alongside "The Spy Who Loved Me" as my favourite Roger Moore Bond movie. However, unlike most of the other Bond movies, "For Your Eyes Only" boasts an intricate plot behind the spectacular stunts. It's not immediately obvious who the real villian is.
The last hour of the movie, culminating in a gripping rock climbing scene is probably the best hour in the entire Bond series.
Also worthy of high praise is the main Bond girl, Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock, who conveys a lot of emotion behind her beauty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics taut Cold War era thriller, 18 April 2003
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Darren Harrison "DVD collector and reviewer" (Washington D.C.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: For Your Eyes Only [DVD] (DVD)
After the excesses and downright campy style of "Moonraker" the production team behind the James Bond movies decided for the next installment in the series to bring the character back down to Earth.
Taking inspiration from two of Ian Flemings short stories ("For Your Eyes Only" and "Risico") and including a previously planned, but often delayed keel hauling sequence from the novel "Live and Let Die," the writing team of Bond veteran Richard Maibaum and Micheal G. Wilson crafted a clever, suspenseful, taut action thriller that really thrills.
After a jokey pre-titles sequence that, although intriguing, probably belongs in the previous movie, we are transported into the signiture titles that for the first time actually include the image of the singer.
The main body of the movie involves the search for a missing ATAC device that programs nuclear submarines with their attack coordinates. The device was lost of the Greek/Albanian coast when a British spy ship was sunk by an old World War II era mine.
Bond races from Spain to Italy and then finally to Greece in an effort to prevent the device falling into the hands of the KGB.
With incredible skiing action, mountain climbing and a car chase involving an "out horsepowered" DCV, Bond is aided by the beautiful Carole Bouquet as Melina, whose weapon of choice is a crossbow. This deadly vision proved so powerful that it featured heavily in the poster and advertising campaigns. Bouqyet certainly ranks as one of the most beautiful of all actresses to be granted the title of "Bond girl."
Also along for the ride is the jovial Topol as Columbo and the sinister Julian Glover as Kritatos.The movie also features a classic moment for Bond who dispatches a heavy over a cliff in what is perhaps Moore's best James Bond scene.
An enjoyable Bond movie that proves that a Bond movie can be successful without an over abundance of gadgets or explosions. This movie also remains a favorite among Bond fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 15 Jan 2004
This review is from: For Your Eyes Only [DVD] (DVD)
For Your Eyes only is one of my favourite Bond films. Representing brilliant appearances by the villainous Julian Glover's Aris Kristatos, Carole Boquet's Melina Havelock and another good film by Roger Moore, 9this time a little mores serious) as the suave agent 007. Although Moore looks a little old, he still keeps his reknowned wit and charm. The plot takes place in Greece and the Mediterranean as Bond eventually tracks down his principal adversary in this intruiging storyline. On the DVD there is the usual Making of documentary and thoughts and opinions by the cast and crew. The TV spots on this DVD are excellent and the glossy in-case booklet completes the package of yet another DVD Bond masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roger Moore at his best!, 30 Aug 2003
For you eyes only is by far Roger Moore's best characterization of James Bond. This along with The Spy Who Loved Me & Octopussy mark the highlights of Roger Moore's 12-year-7-Bond-movie tenure. The movie is great! The plot is about recovering an ATAC machine at the height of the cold war, the locations, the stunts, the girls and especially Moore are simply profound, who handles the action scenes well (even though by now he's 54). Anyone who does not like Roger Moore's incarnation of James Bond -who complain about his humour and throw-away lightness I challenge to watch this and have the same opinion. All in all its a great Bond movie.
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