Friday, January 20, 2017

For Your Eyes Only 1981

     This film opens with the head of SPECTRE in control of a helicopter that just picked up James Bond because of an emergency.  The pilot is electrocuted through his headphones and Bond needs to get control of the helicopter right away if he wants to survive this flight.  He manages to turn the tables on Ernst Stavro Blofeld.  A fishing boat that is really a communications ship with a secret communication device known as ATAC is sunk by a large mine caught in their fishing net.  Bond is sent to keep the Russians from obtaining this device from the sunken ship.  He links up with Melina Havelock, her parents have just been murdered on their ship by a hired assassin.  Bond also meets Aristotle Kristatos and Milos Colombo.  They accuse each other of having links with the Russian government.  Melina and Bond use her father’s submersible to locate the fishing boat and recover the ATAC but this isn’t the end of the mission.
     There is interesting action and it seems a lot of the Bond movies must have underwater scenes that include large man-eating great white sharks?  It was suspenseful with Bond and Bouquet menaced underwater by a diver in a large diving suit with dangerous arm attachments.  Bond is shown hanging from the side of a mountaintop trying to climb to a fortress without falling or being seen.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

127 min, Action directed by John Glen with Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Julian Glover, Cassandra Harris, Jill Bennett, Michael Gothard, John Wyman, Jack Hedley, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn.

Note:  Imdb 6.8 out of 10, 74% critic 64% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 4.5* out of 5* with 438 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in the North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Bahamas, Greece, Italy and London, England.  At the time of filming, Carole Bouquet in the role of Melina Havelock was 23 years old.  She seems too young for Bond who is 53 years old?  Only a difference of a mere 30 years?  The title is a variation of the term 'eyes only' meaning restricted to certain personnel.

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