For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Spy/Espionage Films, here’s a review of For Your Eyes Only (1981) by Keith of Keith Loves Movies
Thanks again to Keith of Keith Loves Movies for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Dell of Dell on Movies and it is Anti-Hero Films.
Movies about people who lack traditional heroic attributes but are portrayed as the hero in their story despite doing some bad things along the way. Some examples: Taxi Driver, Leon the Professional, A Clockwork Orange, Scarface, GoodFellas, The Godfather, or even something as light as Jack Sparrow in the PotC movies. He’s constantly drunk and completely selfish it just tends to work out for the greater good.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Dell!
Let’s see what Keith thought of this movie:
When a British spy mysteriously sinks in foreign waters, the world’s superpowers begin to undertake a hectic race to uncover the ship’s cargo, a nuclear submarine control system. Now Agent 007, James Bond (Roger Moore) along with the beautiful Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet) are thrusted into a riveting adventure as they rush to join the search and discover who killed her parents, and potentially prevent global devastation.
With all that happened in the previous film, Moonraker, this film offers us a welcome change of pace. This one isn’t as flashy, there isn’t as much action, and the story isn’t too silly like in previous incarnations (Diamonds are Forever, Moonraker). If you’ve been following this series, I’ve seen a lot of Bond films so far. The majority of these films have their own opening themes (except for Dr. No and From Russia with Love). Some are great, Live and Let Die, Goldfinger, Nobody Does It Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me) and some are not so good. The theme from this film, For Your Eyes Only, was one of the not so good ones. It just seemed like a bad 80s pop song which just seemed out of place to me. Now the plot in this film is relatively straightforward compared to the last few films, Bond and co. are just trying to figure out how the ship sank and how to get the control system on it before everyone else does. I was able to get that early on, but I was happy to see that without giving anything away. there was more to it than just that. From a car chase in Cuba, to a ski chase in Northern Italy, and a bunch of underwater stuff off the coast of Greece, the story took the film to many beautifully shot locales. Despite being in Italy for a little too long, I found each location to be exciting. The car chase was good, the ski chase was good but ran a little too long (and the cheesy 80s style action music didn’t help either), and I did not think they were underwater for nearly long enough. I will not elaborate on these to not give anything away.
The film also has a villain (as most Bond films do) but like I said there was the more to the story, I will not give anything away about this either. The opening scene of the film gave us some good things as well as some bad things. The good was that it was nice to see the film acknowledging events of past films by different Bond actors. The bad being what they do with a beloved character of the franchise which, without giving anything away, made sense and did not make sense at the same time. There is more to this story, but I will not be covering it here. Roger Moore as Bond was still good here with his calm, confident demeanour which I found entertaining to watch. All the other acting was decent except for a young female figure skater who I found annoying. Overall, this another decent entry into the Bond series with a good balance of action and story. I always found that Bond films are always better when the film isn’t bigger than Bond himself and this fits the bill.