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For your eyes only
Jack Hedley Havelock. Lois Maxwell Moneypenny. Desmond Llewelyn Q. Geoffrey Keen Minister of Defense. Walter Gotell General Gogol. Richard Maibaum Writer. Michael G. Wilson Writer. Additional information Directors John Glen.
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Directors John Glen. Studio MGM. Subtitles English CC. Released year Age rating Parental guidance. Duration 2 h 7 min.
Melina and Bond share a romantic evening on board the Havelock yacht when a call arrives from MI6 on Bond's wristwatch. Bond gives the watch to Melina's parrot and the PM is tricked into thinking she's still speaking to Bond, who has joined Melina for a nude moonlight swim. For Your Eyes Only is perhaps most notable for its pre-title sequence which shows the final comeuppance of the supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld , Bond's enemy in five previous films although the character here is unnamed due to legal issues. The opening of the film revisits many older elements of the Bond character, beginning with Bond laying flowers at the grave of his wife, Tracy Bond one of the few times she is mentioned in the series after On Her Majesty's Secret Service , and culminating in Blofeld's attempt to exact revenge on Bond for foiling his plans and for the downfall of his criminal organization SPECTRE.
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The whole sequence was initially scripted to aid the introduction and establishment of a new actor to portray James Bond since Roger Moore, who had starred in four previous films, was reluctant to return - Timothy Dalton is often cited as the planned replacement, and indeed the film overall features many darker moments and a more down-to-earth feel more suited to Dalton's portrayal than to Moore's. The industrial chimney used in the opening scene was part of the North Thames gasworks in London.
The reason the appearance of the Blofeld character remains somewhat ambiguous here he is not explicitly named, despite his demise clearly being of huge importance to the series relate to a legal battle dating back to the publication of the James Bond novel Thunderball in At that time, Kevin McClory claimed that Ian Fleming had adapted the novel from a screenplay for a proposed film adaptation of the Bond character that the two had worked on together, and that he , not Fleming, had come up with the S.
As the legal dispute had left McClory with the rights to the Blofeld character, the studio was forced to leave Blofeld's appearance in For Your Eyes Only ambiguous while at the same time using many of the character's well-known traits from earlier movies - bald head, white cat - to convey the message of who he really was. The demise of Blofeld finally tied up the plot hole of his disappearance in Diamonds Are Forever , and was added by the production staff to show that the James Bond series did not need Blofeld and was content to move on after a number of attempts by Kevin McClory to produce a rival Bond film based on his ownership of the character.
This includes a failed attempt in the late s of an original Bond film that resulted in a lawsuit brought about by EON and United Artists. Two other controversial incidents also occurred with the release of For Your Eyes Only. The first involving the film's teaser poster artwork, which showcased a model in thong-like shorts holding a crossbow with Bond framed between her long legs. This was deemed in some U. A later version of the teaser was released with a superimposed pair of shorts painted over the original artwork. The other controversial incident wasn't revealed until some time after the release, in which it was discovered that one girl, Caroline Cossey aka Tula , was transsexual.
This gained attention years later when Tula was a guest on the Howard Stern show, in which Stern expressed admiration that even the Bond producers were fooled. Due to both controversies, it was incorrectly assumed by some to be one and the same, i. Tula was the girl on the poster.
However, this is untrue; an unnamed model served as the "crossbow girl", whereas Tula was briefly seen at Hector Gonzalez's pool party. For Your Eyes Only marked a creative change of direction for the Bond film series. John Glen was promoted from his duties as a film editor to director, a position he would occupy throughout the s.
A result of this being a harder-edged directorial style, with less emphasis on gadgetry and large action sequences in huge arenas as was favoured by Lewis Gilbert. More emphasis on tension, plot, and character was also added in addition to a return to Bond's more serious roots. A good example of this is a scene in which Bond kicks a car with a villain inside over a cliff, essentially murdering him in cold blood. This was, and still is to this day controversial amongst fans to whether Ian Fleming 's James Bond would do such an act.
Roger Moore was also strongly opposed to the aforementioned scene in which Bond kills the villain Locque, claiming his Bond wouldn't do such a thing.
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This, however, contradicts the fact that his Bond kills at least two, possibly three people in cold blood in the earlier film, The Spy Who Loved Me namely, a thug Bond lets fall off a roof, the villain Karl Stromberg who Bond executes after he's been disarmed, and possibly a woman who Bond may or may not intentionally use as a human shield. Nonetheless, this scene was the strongest display of Bond exercising his licence to kill since the killing of Professor. Dent by Sean Connery 's Bond in Dr. Throughout the entire James Bond series of films, this is the only movie where M is absent.
Bernard Lee had died while preparing for the film, and instead of recasting, the role was left vacant out of respect. Miss Moneypenny, M's personal secretary claims that he is on leave, and his chair is filled by his 'Chief of Staff', Bill Tanner , with M's lines being shared between Tanner and the Minister of Defence. The role was recast for Octopussy.
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As mentioned earlier, this movie turned from deux ex machina gadgets and wide-open action sequences to smaller and more "personal" scenes. The resulting sequences are arguably some of the best of the series, and are generally extremely well filmed. One example of the change in thinking is the simple scene in which Bond confronts the killer Locque.
Locque is attempting to escape in a car, but is forced to drive up a steep hill along a road containing a number of sharp switchback curves. Bond follows on foot, running up a set of stairways bisecting the road. When the race first starts, Locque is far ahead of Bond, but as Bond reaches the next section of the road after climbing one section it is clear he is gaining on him. The scene ends with Bond climbing the last remaining flight, quite out of breath, with the camera positioned to show him reaching the road slightly ahead of Locque.
The entire scene is perhaps 30 seconds, and is extremely suspenseful. A more famous scene occurs late in the movie when Bond's team attempts to break into a mountaintop monastery being used by Kristatos to meet Gogol and turn over the ATAC.
In order to gain access to the mountaintop one would normally use a cablecar, but this is being guarded. Instead Bond climbs up the sheer face of the mountain, out of sight of the guards. As he climbs he has to knock pitons into the rock face, and eventually one of the guards hears him and investigates.
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He sees Bond, who hides, and instead climbs down a rope of his own to start knocking out the pitons. The scene continues with Bond attempting to climb back onto the rock face, but falling further as each piton is knocked out. He eventually reaches a safe position just as the guard is in the process of knocking out the last piton, potentially sending Bond falling to the rock far below.
Bond then whistles to attract the guard's attention, and uses a piton as a throwing knife to kill him, using the guard's rope to climb the rest of the way. See: For Your Eyes Only soundtrack. Many of the "underwater" scenes, especially involving closeups of Bond and Melina, were actually faked on a dry soundstage.
A combination of lighting effects, slow-motion photography, wind, and "bubbles" added in post-production, gave the illusion of the actors being underwater. Apparently actress Carole Bouquet had a preexisting health condition that prevented her from actually attempting any underwater stuntwork.
After the ever-more outlandish plots of The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker - the latter film literally taking Bond out of this world - it was decided that the James Bond series needed to return to reality. For Your Eyes Only attempts to go back to the more basic style of Dr. No and From Russia with Love. One of the most famous sequences of the film is when Bond's venerable Lotus Esprit is destroyed after a henchman working for Gonzales attempts to break into the car, which in turn activated the car's self-destruct function that was built into its security system. Prior to the film being released Marvel Comics was given permission to publish a two-issue comic book adaptation of the movie, For Your Eyes Only.
The first issue was released in October and was soon followed by the second issue in November of the same year. It was also reprinted the same year in magazine and paperback book form. Although a British comic strip had been published almost without interruption since the s, this was only the second American-published comic version of a Bond story, after DC Comic's publication of Dr. No 18 years earlier, and the last until Licence to Kill in Two major differences in the comic book include the addition of M, who was technically in the initial drafts of the screenplay until Bernard Lee's death in early , and the villain's given name, which for unknown reasons was "Ari Kristatos" instead of the film version's "Aris Kristatos.