- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches
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JAMES BOND - FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981) -DVD
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2. Roger Moore at his peak. Sure, he is starting to show his age a little as Connery did, with noticeably fewer if any shirtless scenes and zero sex scenes, which is quite odd for any Bond film. In fact, he even turns down sex once when a young vixen strips down and tries to seduce him which makes us consider him as more sophisticated than the brutish Bond that Connery played. Moore also does eyebrow expressions masterfully whenever he is threatened or angry, he raises an eyebrow in a distinctly British manner and it is just chilling to watch. No other Bond had this level of eyebrow Charisma.
3. Best chase scene ever. Hands down. Period. Sure, Lazenby did a skiing sequence in Her Majesty's Secret Service, but this ski scene is extraordinary for several reasons. For one, intensity and duration. This is a solid 10 minutes or more of the film and the skiing stunts are absolutely insane. Good old fashioned stunt work trumps special effects as this scene clearly shows. Also, for a chase scene it is unique because it features 3 different types of vehicles, more or less. A car, two motorcycles, and a man on skis. Next the setting is unique because not only does this great chase take place on a ski slope but an Olympic training course which takes us over long jumps and bobsled runs. It holds up well with age and is a breathtaking chase to watch even to this day.
4. This plot actually makes sense. You really have to suspend disbelief to accept that some Bond plots are actually a matter of British national security. Here, there is a clear threat. A decoding device is lost at sea and the English must recover it before the Russians, otherwise all hell would break lose. It is a valid threat and compelling enough to warrant the use of their top agent, 007.
5. Great opening sequence involving a helicopter. There are so few films with helicopter stunts in them. In fact, I can think of hardly any except for this one. Perhaps a helicopter is limited in what it can do stunt-wise or it is just too dangerous. But forget that, this is the crazy 80's and the helicopter scenes are quite exhilarating. Bond gets locked in the back of a helicopter that has no pilot and has to exit the craft and re-enter from the front to regain control. These poor underpaid stuntmen! All the while narrowly missing buildings and bridges and flying inside a warehouse. Good stuff!
The only weak points are the lack of exploitation that we usually see in Bond movies, a very underwhelming villain, and having only one Bond girl in the entire film who somehow manages to keep her clothes on the entire time.
If you recall, On Her Majesties Secret Service would have been one of the best Bond films had it not starred that black hole of charisma George Lazenby. Remaking it with Roger Moore seemed like a good idea. In addition, after Moore’s last outing was Moonraker, bringing the series back to something resembling Earth also seemed wise.
The Good: Leaving aside the pre-credit sequence this is actually a grounded story that seems like an actual mission an agent for British Intelligence would have. One of our guys was killed we think this is the killer so go rattle his tree and find out who hired him. The film also manages to have actual double-crosses and surprises. In addition, neither Bond nor the bad guys have entire armies of people in identical jumpsuits shooting wildly at each other. Bond actually uses stealth.
The underwater shots in this film are gorgeous. The underwater action is well done as well. Like male cinematic Lara Croft, Bond has had trouble with underwater levels in the past (The entire Thunderball movie being prosecution exhibit one) but they really hit this one out of the park.
There is also some quality acting outside of Moore’s usual bit. Topal, in particular, needs his own movie.
The Bad: The film lacks that wow moment. It has some spectacular stunts and bits but none of them are all that memorable. One of the downsides of being grounded I am afraid. You need to have a stunt or set-piece that makes one wonder how did they do that.
The Bond girls are an overall weak sauce in this tome as well. We have an underaged Ice skater, Pierce Bronson’s actual wife and a French actress that doesn’t speak English. This makes for an overall poor showing. Also, in reality, Roger is looking a bit long in the tooth to be chasing any of these women James Bond or no.
The Ugly: I am not going to say that the pre-credit sequence was the worst in any Bond film. There really is some pretty stiff competition out there. But this has to be one of the most misguided. In an attempt to tie up loose plot holes we have Bond laying flowers at the grave of his wife that was killed during In Her Majesties Secret Serice. Then a helicopter, that might have had the words “It’s a Trap” written on its side, shows up and spirits him off to London where Blofield is controlling it remotely. Now the producers apparently couldn’t afford the star of Pumaman himself so Blofield is played from behind by both a bald man that looks nothing like Donald Pleasance and at a time by a dummy that looks just like a shop mannequin from Macy’s tied to a helicopter. It has nothing to do with the rest of the movie and it is awful. I mean not as awful as the Margret Thatcher impersonator at the end of the film awful but still.
In Conclusion: Forgettable but an overall good time is had in this again surprisingly grounded and reasonable James Bond outing. I am not sure grounded and reasonable is the reason I watch James Bond but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.