Far more fun than I think I ever gave it credit for. Lynn Holly Johnson almost sinks the whole thing by herself, so incredibly irritating is she. But some cracking action scenes, a top notch support cast and a good mix of humour and sombre moments make this one of the better Bonds. It took me 30 years to figure that out, for some reason.
A much more grounded, sober installment that feels like a direct rebuttal to the outlandish Moonraker. Dialing back the ludicrousness of the humor, the gadgets, and the villainous plans might have been a good idea on paper, but the plot turned out too mundane for Bond. The result is somewhat bland and stakes-free, despite one great snow chase and a riotous (and tonally jarring) final scene.
The standard nonsensical Bond "folly", elevated by a sense of genuine spectacle. From the helicopter hi-jack of the pre-title sequence to the Olympic pursuit, underwater exploration and literal mountain top cliff-hanger, the film doesn't just provide the usual action and suspense, it's genuinely jaw-dropping. Maybe just a nostalgia for pre-CGI extravagance, but some of the images here are astounding.
Along with 'Live and Let Die' the best of the Moore entries. No overly silly gadgets or steel teethed villains about here. A little light on plot in this entry but some very memorable stunt work including the very exciting cliff climb. Performances are weak so thank god for the action choreographers and crew. Love the kicking of the car off the cliff.
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.
Roger Moore does understated Bond very well. Great supporting cast too, full of little character traits and idiosyncracies. Topol chewing peanuts, Julian Glover with his pocket knife, Carole Bouquet with her crossbow. Some of the best defined characters in any Bond.