MI6 looks back to 24th June 1981 when the World
Premiere of For Your Eyes Only was held in Leicester
For Your Eyes Only Premiere
29th May 2010
The Royal World Premiere of "For
Your Eyes Only" was
held on 24th June 1981 at London's Odeon Leicester Square Theatre
in the presence of British Royals Prince Charles and the then
Lady Diana Spencer [Princess Diana] of England. In attendance
from the production were: producer Albert
R. 'Cubby' Broccoli,
director John Glen, production designer Peter
Lamont, Roger Moore,
Johnson, Julian Glover and Cassandra
The launch was also attended by future James Bond actor Pierce
Brosnan, who accompanied his then wife Cassandra Harris.
Above: Lady Diana Spencer wore
a Bellville Sassoon dress to the premiere.
The thousands of fans who had waited hours outside
the theatre saved their biggest cheers for the Royal couple,
who were accompanied
by Princess Margaret. The couple were due to be married a month
after the film premiere, and were attracting huge publicity around
the world. This was the first 007 premiere attended by Diana.
Roger Moore presented the Prince of Wales with a solid gold
version of a 007 digital watch which plays the James
Bond theme at the touch of a button. Moore sat next to Lady Diana during
Above: Lynn Holly-Johnson
meets Prince Charles (left), the late Cassandra Harris
and her husband and future James Bond actor Pierce
Procedes from the premiere, including official
programs which were sold for 5, were in aid of two charities:
the National Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), and the Royal
Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR). There
were some concerns that the opening scene, where a wheel-chair
bound Blofeld is dropped down a chimney, would be seen as being
in bad taste, but the sequence received raucous laughter from
the charity's disabled patrons at the event.
Lady Diana Spencer and Princess Margaret inside the
foyer of the Odeon. A huge crowd formed in Leicester
Square to see 007 and the Royal couple.
Topol, who played Columbo in the film, suggested to Cubby Broccoli
that he should invite his former producing partner Harry
Saltzman to the event, after the partnership had split up in 1975. He
did so, and Saltzman accepted the invitation and they rekindled
Though the film did well enough at the box office (its worldwide
gross reached $195,300,000) but in America, admissions had slipped
to 19.8 million, almost six million down on "Moonraker".
Above: Roger Moore promoting
the film in Paris, France.
Your Eyes Only