John Glen (born 15 May 1932) is a film director. He was born in Sunbury-on-Thames, England. A former film editor and second unit director, Glen has carved his niche in action pictures. His first credit was on the James Bond flick “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969). Other credits as film editor include Peter Yates’ “Murphy’s War” (1970), the trial drama “Conduct Unbecoming” (1975) and the Bond films “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) and “Moonraker” (1979), both directed by Lewis Gilbert. He moved to the director’s chair with “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), which eschewed much of the gadgetry and cartoon style of the previous entries in the series. Glen serviceably directed four more Bond films “Octopussy” (1983), “A View to a Kill” (1985), “The Living Daylights” (1987) and “Licence to Kill” (1989). Since abandoning the Bond franchise, he has overseen “Aces: Iron Eagle III” and the unsuccessful “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery” (both 1992). —TCM read more
Since it's so different than the other Moore Bond movies, I'm tempted to say I really like this one, but it's still just kinda dull. The Spy Who Loved Me is way sillier, but a bit more fun than this. They're the 'highlights' of the Moore era, which produced not one great Bond movie. The greats for me: Goldfinger, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Living Daylights, GoldenEye, Casino Royale, and Skyfall.
Roger Moore's finest hour. "For Your Eyes Only" is epitome of a well-crafted Bond adventure. Like the Daniel Craig films and "Licence to Kill," here Moore and director John Glen serve up the formula in realistic fashion while reflecting on the life of the character, and meditating on what it means to be a killer.
For Your Eyes Only is a refreshing return to basics for the franchise after Moonraker took Bond into outer space. Roger Moore holds his own in more serious circumstances; shooting, mountain climbing, and even kicking a car over a cliff in one of his best moments as 007. Also worth mentioning are the supporting roles: Carole Bouquet as femme fatale Melina Havelock, and Topol as smuggler Milos Columbo.