For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Article 4434 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 1-29-2014
Directed by John Glen
Featuring Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol
Country: UK
What it is: James Bond movie

James Bond is sent out on a mission to prevent a communication device in a sunken spy ship from falling into enemy hands.

This is the latest movie chronologically from the James Bond series that I’ve seen to date, and I have to admit that one of the biggest impressions it made on me was that it made me realize how much I missed the jazzy scores of the sixties movies from the franchise. There was a time when I didn’t care for those early scores, but after listening to the rather bland and run-of-the-mill scores to the action sequences here, I really noticed how much those jazzy early scores added flavor to the series. Another impression I had of this one is that it concentrates less on interesting and fun side characters and more on the action, and for me, that’s a minus; about the only character I enjoyed was the one played by Topol. If I were a particular fan of the franchise, I’d probably find this one to be acceptable enough, but since I’m not, I was rather bored by this one. There are a few moments I liked; my favorites were the first meeting between Bond and Milos Columbo, the sequence where Bond tries to scale the mountain, and the detente reference near the end of the movie. Beyond that, I didn’t have much use for this one. The gadgetry is the fantastic content in this one, and there’s not a whole lot of it here.


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