Release Details - Credits - Music - Cast - Notes
Date of release: 24 June 1981 (UK), 26 June 1981 (US)|
Running time: 127 mins
Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
Classification: PG (UK), PG (US)
Alternative titles: A Deadly Mission (Germany), Agent 007: Strict Confidence
(Denmark), From a Deadly Viewpoint (Sweden).
Directed by: John Glen|
Produced by: Albert R Broccoli
Screenplay by: Richard Maibaum and Michael G Wilson
Executive producer: Michael G Wilson
Associate producer: Tom Pevsner
Production designed by: Peter Lamont
Director of photography: Alan Hume
Second unit directed and photographed by: Arthur Wooster
Supervising editor: John Grover
Special visual effects: John Richardson
Action sequences arranged by: Bob Simmons
Main title designed by: Maurice Binder
Music by: Bill Conti|
Main theme: "For Your Eyes Only"
Additional: "Make It Last All Night"
Musical notes: For the only time to date, the performer of the title song actually appears during the title sequence. This allowed it to be used as the video for the song (without the actual credits, of course)
James Bond: Roger Moore|
Melina Havelock: Carole Bouquet
Milos Columbo: Topol
Bibi Dahl: Lynn-Holly Johnson
Aris Kristatos: Julian Glover
Contessa Lisl von Schlaugh: Cassandra Harris
Jacoba Brink: Jill Harris
Emile Leopold Loque: Michael Gothard
Eric Kriegler: John Wyman
Sir Timothy Havelock: Jack Hedley
Miss Moneypenny: Lois Maxwell
Q: Desmond Llewelyn
Minister of Defence (Frederick Gray): Geoffrey Keen
General Gogol: Walter Gotell
Chief of Staff (Bill Tanner): James Villiers
Luigi Ferrara: John Moreno
Claus: Charles Dance
Karageorge: Paul Angelis
Iona Havelock: Toby Robins
Apostis: Jack Klaff
Santos: Alkis Kritikos
Nikos: Stag Theodore
Hector Gonzales: Stefan Kalipha
First Sea Lord: Graham Crowden
Vice Admiral (Jack): Noel Johnson
McGregor: William Heyland
Bunky: Paul Brooke
Rublevitch: Eva Rueber-Staier
Vicar: Fred Bryant
Girl in Flower Shop: Robbin Young
Mantis Man: Graham Hawkes
Denis Thatcher: John Wells
The Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher): Janet Brown
The same footage is used as the previous two films, but Bill Conti's
music sounds as if it is on steroids. There is also a difference
at the end of the gunbarrel sequence; since Thunderball, after
Bond fades the first shot of the film is visible through the hole which
then gradually opens up. But here, after the opening shot of the graveyard
is visible through the hole, the black area disappears all at once.
Using the title: The assignment folder for Operation Undertow given to Bond by the Chief of Staff is marked "For Your Eyes Only" in a somewhat unsubtle manner. Then at the end of the film when Melina disrobes she tells Bond that what he sees is "For your eyes only, darling".
The novel approach:
The early part of the film uses the Fleming story from which it took
its title as its basis. Fleming's "For Your Eyes Only" concerns
Bond undertaking a personal mission for M to assasinate Gonzales, a hitman
who murdered the Havelocks, a middle aged couple who were friends of M.
However, Gonzales is actually killed by Judy, the Havelocks' daughter,
herself intent on revenge. The story is ingeniously worked into the film's
espionage plot, although the name of the Havelocks' daughter is changed
to Melina, presumably to better reflect the Greek heritage that she is given.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service:
Bernard Lee died prior to the filming of For Your Eyes Only
and as a mark of respect the part of M was not recast for the film. Instead,
M was said to be on leave and his role in the film was given to the Chief
of Staff. This is the second film to feature the character (following a brief
appearance in The Man With The Golden Gun). The film's character
bears little resemblance to Bill Tanner, the Chief of Staff of Fleming's
novels, although this is understandable under the circumstances. The character
is never named as Tanner on screen (only referred to as Chief of Staff),
but is only credited as this.
Locations: London (including a suburban church nearby); the Ionian Sea off Albania; Moscow; Greece (including Corfu); near Madrid, Spain; Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy; Albania itself.
The villain: Aris Kristatos, a Greek tycoon (from Cefalonia)
whose interests include shipping
and oil exploration. He is supposedly an Anglophile who fought in the Greek resistance
in World War 2 and then against the Communists, for which the British gave him a King's medal.
However, he is really a drug smuggler and double agent working for the Russians.
Following the sinking of the British spy ship St Georges, Kristatos is employed
by the Russians in order to retrieve the ATAC (Automated Targeting and Attack Communicator),
an ultra-low frequency transmitter that is used to control Britain's Polaris missiles.
The girl: Melina Havelock, the daughter of Sir Timothy Havelock, a British marine archeologist who was carrying out an unofficial mission to recover the ATAC. When Havelock and his Greek wife are killed by the Cuban hitman Hector Gonzales, Melina sets out on a mission of revenge
Bond's conquests: Just Lisl and Melina - Bond actually turns down Bibi, believing her to be too young.
Gadgets: Bond drives a Lotus Esprit as he did in The Spy Who Loved Me,
although it's an updated model here, registration OPW 654W. It is originally white
in colour and it features a rather extreme anti-theft device that causes it to
explode when one of Gonzales's guards tries to steal it. However, Q is able to reassemble
it, although it changes colour to red. We don't see any more gadgets, although
Bond warns Ferrara not to play with any of the switches.
Blofeld is back - in a manner of speaking. With Kevin McClory claiming the
rights to the character as part of his screen rights to Thunderball,
the head of SPECTRE was removed from early drafts of The Spy Who Loved
Me. Hence the appearance in the pre-credits sequence of For Your
Eyes Only of Blofeld in all but name - a bald-headed cat lover who is
confined to a wheelchair (perhaps after being bashed around in a submarine
on the end of a crane?). An early version of the script had the villain
referring to it being the tenth anniversary of his last encounter with Bond,
but this was cut, presumably as it too closely identifies Diamonds Are
Forever in 1971.
The films opens with a lovely continuity touch - Bond visiting the grave of
Tracy, his wife. The gravestone gives the year of her death as 1969 (the year that
On Her Majesty's Secret Service was released) and features the
inscription "We have all the time in the world" - a phrase
that features heavily in that film. However, if one thinks about this scene
it is curious what Tracy is doing being buried in suburban England,
which she never actually visited. Whatever, the gravestone gives the year of
Tracy's birth as 1943. Diana Rigg, who played Tracy, was born in 1938.
Cameos: Executive producer and co-writer Michael G Wilson appears as a Greek priest in the scene when Bond meets with Q in a church.
Oscars: "For Your Eyes Only" was nominated for Best Song in 1981 but lost to "The Best That You Can Do" from Arthur.
I didn't catch the name?: Bond gives his trademark introduction to Melina (when they can catch their breath after the car chase in Spain) and when he first meets Kristatos.
Vodka Martinis: None. Bond drinks ouzo with Kristatos in the Corfu restaurant.
Gambling: Bond plays chemin de fer in the Corfu casino. He wins one million drachma from Bunky, his English opponent.
Bond bits: Bond speaks Spanish, Italian and Greek. When Bond meets Lisl he claims to be a writer who is researching a novel on Greek smugglers.
Other trivia: The fact that the British PM is Margaret Thatcher implies that Frederick Gray is a Conservative politician. However, he was first shown to be in office during The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977, when, in the real world at least, Britan had a Labour government!
The wheelchair bound villain in the precredits sequence
is given one of the more inexplicable lines of any Bond films - "Mr Bond - I'll
buy you a delicatessen...in stainless steel". No one has been able to figure
out precisely what this means.
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