#107 For Your Eyes Only
After one of the British spy ships is taken down by an old WWII mine in Greece the race is on for the British to recapture their ATAC device before the Soviets can. A British archaeologist is set the task of discreetly finding the wreckage but he and his wife are killed before anything can be unearthed. With time being of the essence, MI6 decides to send in Bond (Roger Moore) and with the help of the couples daughter Melina (Carole Bouquet) begins the hunt.
After Moonraker, it was felt that Bond should return more to his roots this time around. As such this film focuses more on a simpler spy thriller than saving the world and significantly tones down the gadgets and cars.
This is the film I consider the tipping point for Moore in the role of Bond. Although older than Connery in even his first outing as Bond he looked significantly younger throughout his first 4 films. Here his age is beginning to show and it’s becoming weirder and weirder to see him bedding the women he does (especially with the level of infatuation Bibi (Lynn-Holly Johnson) shows him (he was 54 during filming) and then later considers the villain Kristatos (Julian Glover) much to old for her (he was 46 during filming)).
Kristatos, while not the most interesting of villains, did play the duel role of trusted ally/double agent rather well. Both he and Milos Columbo (Chaim Topol) each excelled as being both good and evil at different points in the film.
Bouquet as Melina was both beautiful and correct for the role but overall a largely uninteresting Bond girl. Her desire for revenge on her parents killers seems almost tacked on in places and she’s just there for the ride because we are expected to have a main Bond girl doing that.
The stunt work and locations are where this film really shines however. The mountain monastery at St Cyril’s and the whole final lead up, especially the tension filled scene when Bond is dropped off the cliff, are the best parts of the film. Additionally, the underwater dragging scene over shark infested waters with sharp coral beneath, also makes for an exciting action sequence.
It has its moments but nothing really spectacular compared with the rest of the series. 2/5