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00Walrus #12: For Your Eyes Only

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Bond: Roger Moore – 1 tusk
While he’s found his groove by this point, Moore has reached the point of being too old to play Bond. His scenes with Bibi creep me out and his scenes with Melina kind of do, too.

Girl: Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock – 1 tusk
I’m kind of torn on her. I almost think she was a cooler Bond girl before she became a formal ally of Bond’s. Once she and Bond are together, she loses her edge.

Gadgets: Several – 1 tusk
Heavy on the gadgets, but a step towards the more realistic after Moonraker. The mini-sub is probably the biggest “gadget” of the movie.

Opening Theme: “For Your Eyes Only” performed by Sheena Easton – 1 tusk
Another light rock song which now seems to be what defines a Roger Moore Bond movie, however, Sheena Easton turns in something better than Moonraker, but not quite as good as “Nobody Does It Better.”

Villain: Julian Glover as Aristotle Kristatos – 1 tusk
Sort of a forgettable villain. Not bad, but nothing special. He was out-shined by Topol as Milos Columbo who could have been the villain but instead played a fun ally.

Henchman: John Wyman as Erich Kriegler – 1 tusk
A pleasant change of pace from the “super henchmen,” but much like the main villain, he doesn’t wind up standing out as anyone special either.

Pre-title opening sequence – 2 tusks
I guess because it happens so rarely, I love it when a Bond movie references a past adventure. And up until Moonraker, there had been no greater mistake in the Bond franchise except that of ignoring Tracy Bond and her impact on 007 in subsequent movies. Finally, five films later, we see that Bond is still grieving Tracy. That was a nice backdrop for the return of Blofeld (albeit unnamed). Finally, Blofeld meets his end. Well, we assume he does anyway. This sequence may be my favorite scene in a Roger Moore film ever and almost makes the movie.

Story:
How do you follow Moonraker? Well, I guess you admit you’ve reached the top and you cycle back down to your roots. This plot seems like an amalgam of the Connery movies and purposely so. Although, not as strong as one of the first four Bond films, this has elements of all four and winds up being on of the best entries in the Roger Moore era. Although, I would have dropped the subplot with the ice skater.

Previous Bond Movie Reviews
Dr. No
From Russia With Love
Goldfinger
Thunderball
You Only Live Twice
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Diamonds Are Forever
Live And Let Die
The Man With The Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
Moonraker

By | 2017-03-17T01:03:22+00:00 August 10th, 2008|Categories: Article|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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  1. Anonymous February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    This is where I came into the Bond franchise.
    It was the first Bond I'd ever watched at a movie theater and for several years after I was convinced Roger Moore was THE Bond. Much cooler & smoother than Sean Connery. Obviously, I was young, impressionable and stupid —- but having said that it was one of Moore's best.

  2. The Fan With No Name!!! February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Hey Carlin…

    Sorry for getting back so late to your question – the Barry Nelson Casino Royale is on the current 1967 CASINO ROYALE DVD as an extra feature. The '67 film is going to soon be re-release as a more 'special edition' around the time of the new Craig Bond film and I'm not sure if the Nelson TV Movie will be included again.

    I've been busy (as usual) lately so I'll try to catch up on your other Bond reviews – they're very enjoyable!

    TED!!!

  3. Carlin February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Hey Ted, good to see you over here.

    I have seen all the Bond films before, but it's been a few years since I've seen some of them, and I've never watched them in order. It's safe to say that neither Octopussy nor From a View to a Kill will make any sort of "favorites" list.

    Speaking of…my Octopussy write up is coming soon (maybe this weekend if I can put the finishing touches on it) and then the next movie I'll be reviewing is Never Say Never Again since it came out just a few months after Octopussy.

    I have no plans to review the Woody Allen version at this time, although, never say 'never'. I would love to see the Barry Nelson version someday, but I'm not sure where to get it. Is it on DVD?

  4. The Fan With No Name!!! February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Oepning Sequence: It is great to a point – it goes goofy at the end with "Blofeld" though trying to barter(!?) with Bond and being dropped down a chimmney shute. And btw, there is actually a previous reference to Tracey in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME: the scene at the bar where Barbara Bach is listng off Bond's traits to him she mentions being married once and Bond cuts her off tersely at that point (always loved that sequence, and like you, I love it when they acknowledge past continuity!).

    I also agree with you – they should have dropped the ice skater stuff – it's the typical silly stuff usual found in the Moore Bond films and this one (as you noticed too) is going for a more Connery type/down-to-earth/serious-minded film. Which brings me to how I feel about this one – for us more die hard/old school Connery fans we should like this film the best of all the Moore's but I feel that it doesn't suit Moore that well. His 007 persona is much lighter and therefore fits better with the more fun-filled/over-the-top/big Bond films. So that said I feel that THE SPY WHO LOVES ME is the best of the Moore films (it plays like a 'best hits' of the Bond films up to that point). Of course you have a couple more of Moore entries before making a final decision which you feel is beat.

    Are you also going to watch the TV CASINO ROYALE w/ Barry nelson as Jim Bond, the CASINO ROYALE w/ David Niven as 007 & NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN?!??

    TED!!!

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