For Your Eyes Only (1981)


James Bond must recover the ATAC missile launching system before the Soviets can obtain it and use it to destroy Western nuclear submarines. He is aided by Melina Havelock, who has her own motive: avenging the murder of her parents.

Release Data
UK: 24th June 1981 (PG)
USA: 26th June 1981 (PG)
World Premiere: 24th June 1981 (Odeon Leicester Square London, UK)
UK TV Premiere: 31st August 1986, ITV
US TV Premiere: 27th January 1985, ABC

Running Time: 127 minutes
Classification: PG (UK), PG (US)
Budget: $28m
Worldwide Box Office: $194.9m
US Box Office: $52.3m
US Admissions: 22.4 million
UK Box Office: N/A

Cast & Characters
James Bond
Roger Moore
Melina Havelock
Caroline Bouquet
Aris Kristatos
Julian Glover
Milos Columbo
Chaim Topol
Eric Kriegler
John Wyman
Bibi Dahl
Lynn-Holly Johnson
Emile Locque
Michael Gothard
Countess Lisl
Cassandra Harris
Hector Gonzales
Stefan Kalipha
General Gogol
Walter Gotell
Chief of Staff Tanner
James Villiers
Miss Moneypenny
Lois Maxwell
Desmond Llewelyn

Producers: Albert R. Broccoli
Director: John Glen
Screenplay: Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson
Composer: Bill Conti

London, UK; Ionian Sea off Albania; Albania; Moscow, Russia; Corfu, Greece; Madrid, Spain; Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy; Albania itself.

Pre-Credits Sequence
Whilst visiting his wife's grave, Bond is unexpectedly picked up by a helicopter sent from Universal Exports (a cover name for MI6). Unfortunately for Bond and the pilot, the helicopter has been tampered with. In the next cut we see and man in a wheel chair who looks strikingly like Blofeld, stroking a cat. The pilot is dispatched remotely with an electric shock, leaving just Bond alive inside the chopper. The villain taunts Bond whilst flying the helicopter via remote control. Bond throws out the dead pilot and takes the controls, picking up the wheelchair along with both occupants on the skid and dropping them down a large chimneystack.


The title fiurst appears, rather obviously and overstated, on a folder given to Bond during his mission briefing. "For Your Eyes Only" originates from an Ian Fleming short story, published in a volume of the same name. It is also used in a line of dialogue at the end of the film as Melina strips off.


Cut Scenes & Alternate Versions
Two scenes were shot but cut from the final film. The first involved a scene on the Havelock's boat just before Bond starts working with Melina on the case. Melina tells Bond that she tried to call him at his hotel room, to which he replied that he didn't make it back last night. His sex life is mentioned by both characters before Bond asks that they work together. Director John Glen cut the scene as he felt it did not fit Melina's character.

The second major cut was to the ice hockey fight sequence. The action was originally longer, featuring more stunts and Bond taking control of a Zamboni ice rink machine. The scene in the final film ends at the third period buzzer, but extra shots were filmed of Bond dumping snow from the machine on the three goons trapped in the net, and a final reveal shot of actor Charles Dance as one of the skaters.

A line of dialogue was cut just before filming which would have clearly identified the pre-credits sequence villain as Blofeld, commenting that his torture of Bond was a tenth anniversary celebration since their last meeting ("Diamonds Are Forever" in 1971).

Best Line
Bond: "Now put your clothes back on, and I'll buy you an ice cream."

Best Mistake
Bond uses a table umbrella as a parachute while being shot at by baddies. But, the umbrella seems to contain bullet holes before the enemy starts shooting... moths, perhaps?

Distinguishing Feature
M does not appear in this film due to the death of actor Bernard Lee. The picture of a knight riding a horse in M's office is also absent for the first time.

Vital Statistics
Conquests: 2
Martinis: 0
Kills: 11
"Bond, James Bond": 2

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