- For Your Eyes Only
Music Composed, Conducted & Arranged By: Bill Conti
James Bond Theme: Monty Norman
Main Theme: "For Your Eyes Only"
Song Lyrics: Michael Leeson
Song Performed By: Sheena Easton
Album Label: Liberty Records
(USA / UK)
Highest Chart Position: 4 (USA)
"Make It Last All Night" by Bill Conti,
lyrics by Shelby Conti and Chris West, performed by Rage.
UK album sleeve artwork.
The soundtrack was composed by Bill Conti, since the series'
regular composer, John Barry, was unable to work in the UK for
tax reasons (he, like many high earning Britons, had become a
tax exile in the 1970s). Barry had recommended Conti as a possible
alternative. Conti's score is notable for its use of disco elements.
The main ski chase sequence (the track Runaway), Conti showed
that he had versed himself in the previous Bond films' music,
as his manages to evoke memories of the music from previous ski
action in both "On Her Majesty's Secret
Service" and "The
Spy Who Loved Me". "For Your
Eyes Only" was Conti's
only contribution to the series, and was released as an album
concurrent with the film's release and later on a bootleg compact
disc in combination with John Barry's music from "Octopussy".
Above: Composer Bill Conti at
work in his home studio.
When the soundtrack was officially re-released
on CD in the year 2003, six bonus tracks were added that further
versatile approach to the film, aiding the production in its
return to a tougher, more realistic James Bond. Not released
but also heard in the film is a brief homage to John Williams'
familiar theme from "Jaws", when an unseen underwater
horror (it is revealed to be an attacker in a J.I.M.
approaches within the sunken ship. This was the third Bond film
in a row to wittily include familiar music from a classic film.
The American new wave band Blondie wrote a song entitled "For Your Eyes Only" in the hopes of making it the upcoming James Bond film's opening-title theme. The producers preferred another song with the same title, written by Bill Conti (music) and Mike Leeson (lyrics). Blondie turned down an offer to record Conti and Leeson's song. The band later included their "For Your Eyes Only" song on the 1982 album The Hunter.
In stepped Scottish singer Sheena Easton, who had recently
became famous for being the focus of an episode in the
British television program The Big Time, which recorded
her attempts to gain a record contract, and got her a deal
with EMI Records. She had recently scored a No.1 hit in
America with "Morning Train" and was becoming a big name throughout the world. Easton was keen to accept the offer to perform Conti and Leeson's song for the film.
Easton was the only artist to be seen singing the theme song to a Bond movie during its opening titles (although "Die Another Day" title singer Madonna also had a cameo in her film). Easton's seductive appearance in these clips was, according to Roger Moore, more sexy than any of the Bond girls, although Easton herself states that the filming process was very unglamorous.
Above: UK vinyl sleeve artwork, featuring Easton as she appeared
in the title sequence.
|German Media Control Charts
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart
|Swiss Singles Chart
|UK Singles Chart
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100
This was one of the few Bond themes not to have
a contribution by John Barry. The song was produced by Christopher
Neil, who was her regular producer at the time.
Above: Original artwork
from the Mexican (left) and Spanish (right) 45rpm releases.
The song was released as a single in June 1981, at the same
time as the film's launch. The video "For Your Eyes Only" was
directed by Steve Barron. It became a worldwide hit, reaching
the top ten in the UK and top five in the US. The song was later
nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe in 1982.
It remains one of Easton's biggest hits and is still included
on numerous compilation soundtrack albums.
The track "Make It Last All Night" (music by Bill
Conti, lyrics by Shelby Conti and Chris West) performed by Rage
and used for the scene at hitman Gonzales' Spanish poolside,
is notable for lyrics more suggestive even than the raunchiest
Bond title track - arguably, "The Man
with the Golden Gun"
1. For Your Eyes Only (03:03)
2. A Drive In The Country (02:23)
3. Take Me Home (02:29)
4. Melina's Revenge (02:15)
5. Gonzales Takes A Drive (03:10)
6. St. Cyril's Monastery (04:36)
7. Make It Last All Night (03:30)
8. Runaway (03:49)
9. Submarine (02:34)
10. For Your Eyes Only (01:31)
11. Cortina (01:45)
12. The P.M. Gets The Bird / For Your Eyes
Only - Reprise (05:00)
2003 Remastered Release
1. For Your Eyes Only (Main Title Song) (03:07)
2. A Drive In The Country (02:25)
3. Take Me Home (02:32)
4. Melina's Revenge / Death Of Blofeld (02:18)
5. Gonzales Takes A Dive (03:14)
6. St. Cyril's Monastery (04:40)
7. Make It Last All Night (03:31)
8. Runaway (03:54)
9. Submarine (02:39)
10. For Your Eyes Only (Instrumental Version) (01:35)
11. Cortina (01:45)
12. The Prime Minister Gets The Bird / For Your Eyes Only
13. Gunbarrel / Flowers For Teresa / Sinking The St. Georges (02:54)
14. Unfinished Business / Bond Meets Kristatos (01:53)
15. Ski, Shoot And Jump (05:16)
16. Goodbye Countess / No Head For Heights / Dining Alone (03:20)
17. Recovering The ATAC (02:28)
18. Sub Vs. Sub (03:16)
19. Run Them Down / The Climb (02:58)
Total Time (Original Release): 35:45
Total Time (2003 Remastered): 58:50